Hair’em, Scare’em, And Flip The Page
Forget oil pastels and watercolors. Hair is emerging as both artistic medium and muse of late. Between architectural experiments on the runway and recent films like Chris Rock’s Good Hair, shiny, frizzy, straight, and curly strands alike are taking center stage. Hair’em Scare’em (Gestalten, 2009) will be released stateside this month and aims to add to this increasingly popular discourse with 224 pages of artistic expression in graphic, interior, fashion, and jewelry design as well as photography and illustration. Particularly entertaining are an image of a horse head with Bettie Page-style bangs and a curled-under mane, a necklace with false eyelashes as charms, and an intricately arranged bouquet of extensions, perched in a crystal vase and displayed as a centerpiece. You’ll never look at your own mop top the same way again.