Alex Box, In Pictures-------
As the creative director behind Illamasqua and Gareth Pugh’s go-to makeup artist, Alex Box isn’t really known for her way with the “natural look.” Case in point: For Pugh’s Spring presentation, Box sent ashen gray faces onto the runway, with red eyes for that extra touch of creepy. Her unique ability to turn cosmetics into conceptual art went on display at Kentish Town’s newly opened Annroy Gallery last week, where Box, clad in a black-and-white sequined Pugh number—with top hat— was on hand to celebrate the launch of her eponymous book with famed photographer Rankin. Shutterbug, publisher, film director, and co-creator of Dazed & Confused, Rankin collaborated with Box on a large-format glossy hardcover devoted to exposing the line where makeup and art are blurred. Box uses paint, pigment, brushes, pens, and pencils to create everything from three-dimensional monochrome faces to precise geometric designs, sculptural clown makeup, and everything in between. Each page is more shockingly beautiful than the next, and will definitely liven up your current coffee-table offerings.
Alex Box (Turnaround, 2009), £50.00, www.turnaround-uk.com