MAKE IT POP: JEFF KOONS & DOM PERIGNON





Art and champagne. Two of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite things merging together. Heaven.



Contemporary American artist Jeff Koons has teamed up with legendary French luxury champagne maker Dom Pérignon to produce a scaled-down version of his stupendous Balloon Venus sculpture.






Balloon Venus

Balloon Venus

 

In tainted high chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating dress, the special edition sculpture  – only 650 hundreds specimens were created – of this collaborative project houses a bottle of the Rosé Vintage 2003 preciously cradled and guarded by its 2 ft. tall, voluptuous encasement, a modern-day,
goddess-of-wine Venus.






“The gift box was designed by Jeff Koons himself, for both Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 and Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003”, explains Dom Pérignon, “with a careful all-embracing conception of the outside and the inside facets. The outside reproduces on a dark background the Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon matching their colour with the cuvée: pink for the Rosé and yellow for the Blanc. A view of the artist’s studio is visible on the reflective surface of the Balloon Venus and refers to the creative energy of the artist. The image is underlined by Jeff Koons’ signature. From the outside, the gift box extends the feeling of being in the presence of Balloon Venus, as the reproduction sets à 360° view of the object.
The gift box opens to expose the bottle, unveiling first an elaborate design that simulates the iridescent interior of the original sculpture made of high chromium stainless steel with transparent colour coating dress. The iconic Dom Pérignon bottle erupts, exactly as it does from the body of the Balloon Venus
for Dom Pérignon, magnifying the revelation.”









“The bottle foils give a pop-twist to the colour of its cuvée, Dom Pérignon Blanc or Rosé, interpreting the tension between the colours and the dark bottle” adds Koons. “It bears a metallic shield with the same colour layout as the foil and the box. The label plays with coloured surface on the depth of shield, emphasizing its allure, playful and still mysterious.”

 



“‘Dom Pérignon by Jeff Koons’ prolongs the encounter between Dom Pérignon and Jeff Koons”, explains the prestige house’s chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy. “After creating the Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon Rosé, Jeff Koons transposed its creation and re-designed the iconic codes of Dom Pérignon’s bottle and gift box, by taking inspiration from the shapes and colours of Balloon Venus. This Limited Edition is the ultimate expression of the fruitful collaboration based on absolute shared vision of the power of creation and of collaboration.” 



For the collaborative project, the sculpture with a bottle of champagne will set you back $20,000 USD, ahem, a pop – a bargain considering Koons’s twelve-foot stainless steel sculpture “Balloon Dog” sold for $58.4 million (£36.8m) at an auction at Christie’s in New York two weeks ago, making it the most expensive piece of art by a living artist sold at auction.






 “Venus of Willendorf”, a, 11cm high palaeolithic figurine found in Austria in 1908, dating back to around 23, 000 years BC considered to be one of the earliest known depictions of the human form “proposes a new kind of idol, a modern-day goddess of love who embraces her beholder in reflective curves and suggests fecundity and creation”,  Koons explains. “It’s both masculine and feminine. Well, if you look at the inside – it’s like a Rorschach, but you can pick up on some of the masculine elements, even the shape of the bottle there, and if you look at the Balloon Venus from the front, it’s so fertile.”


 

A pop-up shop was specially created in the Assouline bookshop in Claridge’s where the highly collectable took centre stage. A-Gent of Style was dazzled by this explosion of neon pop shocking pink, a true feast for the eyes, heightening the artist’s trademark creative verve and the creative collision.

 

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For the ‘sweetie dahlings’ amongst us, two less lavish and more accessible limited-edition gift boxes were also created with the Rosé Vintage 2003 and
the Blanc Vintage 2004 going for £330 and £155, respectively,
available at Harvey Nichs.



“Being creative is trying to expand what the possibilities are”,
says Jeff Koons. “Within the gift boxes, we discover, with an exceptional playfulness and intensity, two Vintages of the year: Dom Pérignon 2004—intense, elegant and radiant—and Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003—vibrant, seductive and infringing.
A promise of a both divine and profane experience.”





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwmtUql8h7c




Cheers! and happy Friday!






PRICKLY SUBJECT: MAIKO TAKEDA





 “I wanted to create something like a cloud on the head”

– Maiko Takeda –




Is this photography? Art? Fashion? Millinery? Jewellery? Design?



All of the above!

Early this summer, Maiko Takeda presented her millinery collection,
Atmospheric Reentry, as her final graduation show for her M.A in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. The Tokyo-born, London-based designer who, prior to this had studied Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, created striking architectural headpieces, visors and body armours, all painstakingly hand-composed of thousands of printed-acetate wedges, bristles, transparent plastic spikes, acrylic disks and jump rings, all tinted with colour gradients.




 “While hats are commonly made with substantial and durable materials such as fabric, felt, plastic, leather so on, instead I wanted to create ethereal experiences for the wearer through the pieces” says Takeda.

Whether you see in Takeda’s creations futuristic snood-like caps, spiky sea cucumbers, porcupine quills, iridescent fish scales, surreal creatures, psychedelic hedgehogs or scintillating caterpillars with miniature London’s The Shard buildings on their backs, they never shy away from having an impact or being dramatic and don’t go unnoticed. They certainly impressed Björk who, after seeing some of Takeda’s adornments on a fashion blog, decided to commission her and wear her pieces on stage for her Biophilia tour this year. You would be quite hard-pressed to find a better celebrity endorsement!

Takeda can also credit working for luminaries of the fashion world such as Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. Rather impressive I must say and another sign that Takeda is on the right trajectory as a young, new and vibrant artist.

 



After being inspired by Philip Glass’ minimalist opera “Einstein on the Beach” in 1992, Adeka wanted “to create surreal, subtle dramas around the person wearing my piece and the people near them”, she observes. “I imagine the people who wear my pieces want to experience or share surreal moments in their daily lives, at a party or in the privacy of their own home. I want my pieces to give people those magical experiences”

Quoting “Logic + Geometry + Space” as forming her common denominator, Adeka’s playful and otherworldly creations take on different dimensions depending on the environment; natural or artificial, her delicate and fragile-looking pieces react differently to the light, wind, gravity or colours that surround them.

On or around the head, wrapping the whole body, part of it or just the wrist and the hand, her ephemeral and surrealist work of art transcends the traditional expectations of her subjects and create an experience of wonder and bewilderment.























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Could these become Grace Jones’s new adornments or even the fascinators
de rigueur at Ascot next year? 


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Atmospheric Reentry can be seen at the Faceless Part II exhibition, at the Vienna MuseumsQuartier until November, 24.









FRIEZE LONDON 2013






Design and art fairs. They are just like buses in London, you wait a while and then a few turn up at the same time. And aren’t we just fortunate to live at such an exhilarating crossroads for creative people?

PAD is now officially opened to the public ( it’s that good A-Gent of Style went on Monday AND Tuesday) and another cultural event is opening its doors today.



Frieze London is one of the contemporary art events of the year where visitors are able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists; they can also experience Frieze Projects, the fair’s unique and critically acclaimed programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a prestigious programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures. Frieze London is designed by architects Carmody Groarke and housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park. This year the Frieze Sculpture Park will include works from both Frieze London and Frieze Masters with some of the most acclaimed contemporary sculptors alongside historical pieces from the medieval period through to the present day.
The fair ends on Sunday evening.












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