The Urban Hunter

Speaking of lone rangers wearing cowboy hats in rugged landscapes shot vertically, the Richard Prince exhibition reminded me a lot of my friend David Tamargo’s Urban Hunter. David and I went to school together, and I will forever be a fan of the way this guy can shoot a landscape. Long exposures, Leica 35mm film, color and dark rooms made David the artist he is today. I’m happy to see such a strong correlation between his recent work and that of Prince’s. Not that it surprises me, but it’s always inspiring to see these types of connections. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of something, and I think David’s got a good story to tell.

Urban Hunting is the bigger picture, it focuses on creating and documenting situational fantasy where Tamargo and his characters hunt/interact with man-made animal sculptures found in urban environments. The Urban Hunter focuses on the main character of the story. He’s shot vertically and almost identical in composition as Richard Prince’s Cowboys. There’s an interesting similarity between the two, including an element that inspires fashion. I’m working with David on an editorial series, which we’ll be releasing sometime next year. If friends are a reflection of who we are and how we think, then I couldn’t be more honored to be a friend and a fan. I’ll leave you with his perspective on Urban Hunting and a taste of his work. Pay attention to the composition, lighting, color and saturation in his night shots. There’s a whole lot of magic happening in there.

Cowboys in Beverly Hills

Richard Prince’s Cowboys opened last night in Beverly Hills at Gagosian Gallery. In his current exhibition, Prince tells the tale of a lone man wandering the great outdoors. The story is told in the form of abstract paintings over beautifully enlarged inkjet prints of characters from frontier-books. Prince’s Cowboys are presented in vertical compositions that challenge general notions on how landscapes are typically shot. Focusing on each cowboy, Prince reduces the background landscapes abstractly with colors that mirror a California sunset, neon details and all.

In true Gagosian fashion, Prince’s show opened the week of the Oscars bringing out his most established endorsers. Among his fans were John Waters, Terry Richardson, Elton John, Pamela Anderson, Mario Testino, and 90s crush Jared Leto. No doubt this was the place to be and I was living for the fashion. The crowd was dressed to the nines, which is no surprise given Richard’s presence in le monde de la mode. In 2007, his Nurse series inspired a collaboration with Marc Jacobs that produced the Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2008 collection for which my jaw is still dropped. Here’s a couple of pics from the show and some of my favs of his works. Check out the babe in the Burberry Prosum Spring ’13 trench straight off the runway, cause that's how you do.