Panel Discussion: “Women in Art: Pop-Culture, Collaboration, and Collecting”
Highland Gardens Hotel
7047 Franklin Avenue | Hollywood
Moderated by Nathaly Charria (curator and art advisor) and including panelists Nicole Ehrlich (Producer, Board of Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), Michelle Papillion (PAPILLION, Los Angeles), Susan Hancock (Collector), and Kate Durbin (New Media & Performance Artist)this panel promises to be a conversation about Women in Contemporary Art, specifically looking at Pop-Culture, Collaboration, and Collecting. The panel considers various facets of contemporary art and each panelists’ role within a changing landscape.
Photos courtesy of Rollin Leonard.
Our sweetheart and writer Caroline Goldfarb (@officialseanpenn) is featured in today's I-D Magazine. Interviewed by Wendy Syfret, Caroline spills the T on her media empire and the business of social media.
Caroline Goldfarb is a very 21st century product. As the curator of the bombastic Instagram account Official Sean Penn— focused on glittery celebrity shrines and weed, not the greasy Oscar winner—she's amassed a dedicated online following. Her work is a strange emulsion of digital, pop and fan art. With 270k followers she's parlayed her rainbow coloured take on the world into an online store, column on Broadly and most recently a podcast.
I've spent hours of my life in Caroline's world. During that time I stopped seeing her as a mere destination for weird celebrity news and began to recognise her off-the-wall fandom as a warped mirror to modern fan culture. She's one of the purest examples of a fan I've ever seen: her work offers reverence to A and Z listers. You won't find eye-rolls here; instead, you'll discover an open hearted celebration of modern culture through a rhinestone-encrused lens.
Like so many kids who grew up on the internet and now posses an innate understanding of the world it created, Caroline's not planning to remain a meme-machine forever. She's got big plans to create her own media empire, and take her unique brand of celebrity commentary to the world. It would be cool if the next Rupert Murdoch loved weed and aliens this much.
When people ask you what do you do, what do you say?
I think it's really ghastly when people use terms like "internet personality" or "instagram famous person" so since I spend a lot of time writing, I usually say writer. But when I have to go into it, I'll say like a "Z-list Instagram famous personality".
I feel like explaining the massive online following you've accrued under a celebrity's name could be a conversational back hole.
I definitely think at least 10 to 20 percent of the people that follow me think I'm Sean Penn, which is depressing on so many different levels. I do so many different things—sell merch, make digital art, write for Broadly, do hosting gigs—it's tough to explain my 500 different hustles. That's very millennial, if you don't have at least five things going you're dead in the water.
You do have a pretty unique "breaking news" approach to pop culture.
I feel a responsibility to my hordes of gay men and women fans that want to hear what I have to say.
When your professional assent is so a-typical, do you have people in the industry you look up to?
My two heroes in this world that I look to as guiding lights are Howard Stern and Wendy Williams.
I didn't expect that.
Howard is so unapologetically himself and has the same lurid interest and outsider obsession with pop culture as me. He's part of it, but he feels like an outsider in the way he talks about it. He's my number one. Then Wendy Williams, who again has a media empire but not in the traditional way of just being an actor or a writer. They're multi-faceted; people in the industry look to them and I love them so much.
You just started a podcast about pop cultural stories that you didn't even know about. Your interest with the pop cultural moments that fall through the gaps feels like a theme.
It's second nature. When I hear anything about Tori Spelling, my brain goes into the space where it's like, "That's important! Write this down!" There are just certain iconic D-list celebrities that everyone—in my circle at least—cares about and feels the need to discuss. I don't want to sound like a vulture picking at the carcasses of celebrities, it's really about love and respect. Growing up in LA amongst that Hollywood machine, this is in my blood in such a sickening way. I mean, I probably knew who Tori Spelling was while people were playing with Barbies.
Considering that, is it weird surreal when you've recently had publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek writing about you and trying to intellectualise what you're doing?
I just think it just shows how interestingly wide my fanbase is. When people tag each other in comments sometimes I'll check their profiles and it's people that work on Wall Street or Vogue who feel the need to read my opinion on Justin Bieber's penis size. It's not always tweens that like sparkles. Bloomberg Businessweek profiling me is kind of ridiculous when you think that I'm really just running this small sticker merchandising empire from my house.
How much is it this messing around, and how much is part of a bigger plan?
I have such an idea of the big picture, I see myself going places. I have a vision for a media empire in the future; but the average person probably thinks I'm some wannabe Lisa Frank. I'm confident in my future, I think it makes sense that Bloomberg would profile me.
What do you mean by "big picture"?
Wendy Williams went from radio to hosting her own TV show to building an empire based on her unfiltered view of celebrity, that's what I want for myself. I can see my aesthetic translating to a TV show I'd host. I don't know anyone else in my generation like me: it all lends itself so easily to a glittery, fabulous TV show.
Do you want to be famous?
I think I fit right into that sweet spot of Z-list celebrities. I definitely want to be famous for my name and not OfficialSeanPenn because I don't want Sean Penn to sue me.
Has he ever reached out to you?
You would think by this point he would have. He has a bunch of kids working for him in their twenties so I'm sure he knows about it. I picked the perfect celebrity without realising, he's repulsed by the internet and hates social media and stays away from it. Keep that up Sean, don't make an Instagram.
He just seems like someone who hasn't laughed at a joke in 20 years. In my mind he knows about the page and is cool with it. I don't want to speak too soon though. Everyday I'm waiting for the cease and desist.
We've talked a lot about fame, do you get starstruck?
I think the weirder celebrity the more starstruck I get. If I saw Jennifer Aniston or Bradley Cooper walking down the street I'd be like,oh that's cool. If I saw someone from Flavour of Love I'd lose my shit.
Do you ever get recognised by anyone?
Yes! I'm not at all cocky about the fact that I'm just running a somewhat famous Instagram account, but the first time someone came up to me and was like "are you OfficialSeanPenn?" I was like "OMG yes!" I really embarrassed myself by asking her if she wanted my autograph and she was like, "I'm cool". I was more starstruck by her.
Nathaly Charria is a juror for the ArtSlant Prize 2016, which supports emerging artists working in all media. ArtSlant offers cash prizes and an exhibition to the winners, with opportunities to sell and promote their work to ArtSlant's international network. There are 6 rounds of submissions. Round 1 closes tomorrow, Friday, February 26, 2016.
Details available below:
1. Red! . . . and Other Stories by David Jay
New York Photographer David Jay will make his Art Basel debut with a solo exhibition entitled Red! . . . and Other Stories, a survey of his work over the past decade. Jay’s images work in collaboration with the viewer–forming an active, rather than passive, experience. Join us on Monday November 30th from 7pm-9pm for the preview and opening reception.
In conjunction, Jay and I are collaborating on “PORTRAIT,” a series of portraits of the art world’s most interesting and influential personalities, published by Gregory de la Haba in collaboration with Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
Red! . . . and Other Stories by David Jay
November 30 - December 30, 2015
48 NW 25th St, Miami, Fl. 33127
VIP & Press Preview : Monday November 30 at 7pm-9pm
Gallery Hours : Tuesday - Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Lauren Culpepper Lauren@thescarproject.org, 843.319.4363
For inquiries regarding “PORTRAIT” please contact Nathaly Charria, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. LOEWE Foundation presents Chance Encounters, an exhibition curated by Jonathan Anderson.
For the first exhibition at LOEWE's Miami Design District store, LOEWE FOUNDATION is proud to present a project curated by its Creative Director Jonathan Anderson. The exhibition embraces the disruptive beauty of the chance encounter, setting up unexpected conversations between the work of four major historical and contemporary British artists: Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie and Rose Wylie. Anderson sees the world through the eyes of an artist, a minimalist with exquisite taste and a distinct execution. He is both radical and elegant, with a subtle genius that easy to miss to the untrained eye.
110 NE 39th St.
Miami, Fl 33137
3. PULSE Art Fair
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has always been on my Art Basel radar, but I was never able to wake up early enough for their brunch and it was difficult to make it out to their former location. Things have changed in the last two years and this one is particularly exciting. Lead by newly appointed director Helen Toomer, PULSE is refining and expanding the art fair experience. I had the pleasure of meeting Toomer earlier this year and our similar perspectives formed an instant and serendipitous friendship. PULSE’s programs are inspired by the desire to cultivate a dynamic environment in which visitors can connect and engage with art, performance and current topics in the art market. The programming for each edition of the fair is filtered through the lens of an overarching theme, which for PULSE Miami Beach is Spectacle.
PULSE Miami Beach
Tuesday, Dec 1st - Saturday, Dec 5th, 2015
4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Private Preview Brunch / VIP cardholders : Tuesday, December 1 at 1pm-4pm.
Opening Celebration (Public) : December 1 at 4pm
Miami Celebration (Public)* : Saturday, December 5 from 10am-5pm
Sunset Celebration (Public) : Saturday, December 5 at 5pm
*PULSE will celebrate Miami - MiamiDade residents will receive complimentary admission with valid ID between 10am - 5pm that day.
4. Nicole Ehrlich’s Annual Celebration of Women in Art
This is a big year for women in art, from the Rubell Family Collection’s NO MAN'S LAND to Nicole Ehrlich’s third annual Celebration of Women in Art. This year, Ehrlich is doing things a little differently, hosting an intimate invite-only champagne brunch and panel discussion on Thursday December 3rd at Omar’s Cabana Club at The Historic Miami Beach Women’s Club. In partnership with Omary’s NYC and 5D Society, this affair will center on “Artists Crossing Genres” and honor artist Natalie White with a panel moderated by yours truly. Featuring artists Millie Brown, Fischer Cherry and Karen Bystedt. Women In Art serves as a benefit and platform for such organizations as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and School of Doodle.
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5. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is one of the city’s most breathtaking fine art institutions and Miami’s gateway into the international art world. Its architecture, designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Blvd, is particularly iconic. The former Miami Art Museum (MAM) opened its doors Art Basel 2013 and in its second year, brings big changes and great programming. PAMM recently appointed Franklin Sirmans as museum’s director following his time at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where he has served as department head and curator of art. Very exciting things are on their way for PAMM and here are my two favorite projects for this season:
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is one of the city’s most breathtaking fine art institutions and Miami’s gateway into the international art world. Its architecture, designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Blvd, is particularly iconic. The former Miami Art Museum (MAM) opened its doors Art Basel 2013 and in its second year, brings big changes and great programming. PAMM recently appointed Franklin Sirmans as museum’s director following his time at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where he has served as department head and curator of contemporary art. Very exciting things are on their way for PAMM and here are my two favorite projects for this season:
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016
PAMM Presents : Dimensions by Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) & Ryan McNamara
Members & VIP Card Holders : Thursday Dec 3 at 9pm-1am
PABLO DYLAN / a pre-legendary tribute to trap punk, presents the early sounds of a young artist and scion of the historical BOB DYLAN. With vast inroads in the music industry and a preternatural sense of cultural movements, PABLO DYLAN’s rebellious spirit echoes with the dissidence of radical youth and anthems for a post-internet age. Working in punk trap, he channels the anti- establishment rhetoric within both genres to create something entirely unheard. A type of music that’s as revolutionary as his grandfather’s sound was to folk.
TODAY Saturday 8/08 Nathaly Charria joins John Lovell in Portland on XRAY FM at 4PM PST for SAVAGE BEAT. Please tune into 107.1FM or live stream for the best of 60s underground alongside a Miami-style conversation about upcoming projects, collaborations, and the influence of punk in contemporary culture.
Pablo Dylan, better known as Pablo, is an American artist and producer whose work is fueled with the teenage angst and dissidence of a nineteen year old growing up in LA. Pablo was born with an ear for music and an innate understanding of the industry. Most recently, Pablo has been collaborating and producing with the likes of A$AP Rocky, OG Maco, and Rome Fortune who share similar views on culture and creativity. His personal work is lined with rebellion, experimentation, and radical self expression. There’s a meticulous attention to detail in his production, which he says stems from intention and planning. I caught up with Pablo last week for a studio visit and interview at his home in Laurel Canyon. We spoke about the creative process and collaborations, alongside the art and fashion that inspires him. Although he’s been making music for years, Pablo is at the very beginning of his career and I am excited to see his creative evolution and the many shapes it will take.
Pablo is releasing his solo Darkwood EP this week and hosting a private listening party on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at On the Rox from 9pm-11pm. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me for password and guest list (email@example.com).
How was your day?
Legendary. They just get a little bit more legendary every day!
Tell me about your upcoming Darkwood EP release and the personal significance it has to you?
This whole project was about making something that took the feeling of being young in America. My generation is very misrepresented. Everybody says, “Oh, we’re so stupid - you’re on our phones all day!” Well what if I feel like that makes me smart; who are you to tell me it doesn’t?… The whole project kind of stemmed from a place of anger - turn on the news a person gets shot by a cop every day. Every time I try and speak my mind, people tell me I can’t because I’m nineteen. This is the way life is and I feel like it’s not being exposed. I felt so strongly about what I was trying to say, so I wanted to take time away and really make something that says exactly what I want to say.
Would you say this can be that be attributed to the final years of teenage angst and the sort of punk rock mentality many of us have grown up with?
Yeah, definitely. At nineteen, I’m lucky enough to know what I want to do for the rest of my life. I see all my friends struggling with this weird point in time where we aren’t kids anymore, and we’re expected to really do stuff.
How long have you been making music?
My whole life. Professionally? I’ll never feel like it’s “professional” even if I had a hundred hits; I’d just feel like some guy trying to represent the way I feel the world should be seen. But I’ve been playing music seriously since I was about fifteen or sixteen.
You’ve been working with some pretty major artists. What’s that process been like and what have been some of the most rewarding experiences with those collaborations?
Working with OG Maco has been the most rewarding experience as a producer. We have a really great relationship. We trust each other so much. He never really has to tell me what he wants and vice-versa. When Maco recorded Vanity, we got to the studio and he started recording the lines, “I got hate in me” - it was crazy. When he finished recording he like passed out on the couch; I literally thought he was going to die it was so crazy.
What is it about hip-hop that draws you to use it as your creative outlet?
I don’t really feel like I’m “hip-hop”. I’m definitely not a rapper, and would never claim to be a rapper, which is a huge misconception. But what is cool about hip-hop is how open it is to possibilities. All the kids coming up right now are making such amazing stuff, and I think it’s because we’re the first generation with the internet. We could listen to whatever we wanted to. We’re no longer just influenced by what’s happening regionally.
What name would you give the genre of music you produce?
What besides music inspires you?
Fashion. For sure. Margiela, Margiela, Margiela.
Growing up in a family where creativity and entrepreneurship seem to go hand in hand, Pablo is inspired by his dad's collection of fashion photography books and the complexities of being a kid. Like the deconstructed, raw designs of Martin Margiela, "I’m not a perfect person or who people consider me to be. I’m very flawed. I’m just trying to create and share my view of the world.” The Darkwood EP presents Pablo’s view of the world through the unexpected sounds that resonates with what Davie Bowie once described as “a voice like sand and glue.”
The self-given name Yozmit means to bring the big “I” as it relates to the myth of one’s self. Identity, spirituality, and entertainment connect as overlapping themes in her exploration of the unknown. Viewing performance art as a ritualistic practice, Yozmit describes herself as a performance scientists due to her exploratory approach to trial and error. Through her practice, Yozmit seeks to transform her environments into a place where artist and audience connect through immersive theatrics where we become one.
Inspired by her Korean roots and buddhist ideologies, Yozmit seeks to transcend gender to communicate the essence of being. Fashion, parties, and sexuality are also expressed in Yozmit’s work, seeing entertainment as pop-culture as the bridge to address societal topics. There is an art form in all we do and for Yozmit there is no separation. Yozmit is currently based between Los Angeles and New York City. She has performed at various cultural institutions, night clubs, and public spaces around the world. In 2010, Yozmit performed in Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present' at The Museum of Modern Art ( MoMA ).
Most recently, Yozmit presented her latest walk YOZMIT WALK N°17 : DIONYSUS KISSES APOLLO at the MOCA Pacific Design Center for One City One Pride LGBTQ art festival. This piece explores the relationship between form and formless. In reference to this piece Yozmit says “Ultimate Balance, we already have it, we just have to see it and bring it out ourselves. That is the only way we can transform the world.' DO GOOD* DO YOU* RETURN HOME* Her next performance will take place at the Queens Museum Gala in NYC on June 24, 2016. In addition to his work as an artist, Yozmit is a zen practioner and an activist for HIV/AIDS prevention and transgender civil rights.
A very special thank you to our new friends Cyrill Durigon and Hervé Marmillot for documenting their visit to Los Angeles, Natology HQ, and the creation of Make that Money Honey by Carlitos. Cyrill and Hervé are French multi-disciplinary artist and designers who focus and collaborate on visual communication and interactive design.