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Wherever He Goes, The Fashion Set Follows


Lensman Ari Marcopoulos doesn’t consider himself to be a fashion photographer. “The last time I photographed a fashion designer must have been Marc Jacobs over 20 years ago when he still had really long hair and no tattoos,” he tells “I think he was fresh out of school and he just came over to my studio for a shoot—actually, I never published those. Oh, and I did a similar thing with John Galliano after that.” But the fashion set just keeps on calling upon the surf-and-skate photog, who got his start working alongside Andy Warhol; in the past few years, Marcopoulos has been commissioned by the likes of Adam Kimmel and Stefano Pilati.

His latest solo exhibition of large-scale pigment prints and smaller photos, Wherever You Go, which he debuted last night at New York’s Marlborough Chelsea gallery, is less of a fashion-centric affair and instead focused on his familiar subjects, including graffiti-scrawled walls and skate-sessioned architecture. The most famous of these subjects is New York Knicks player Tyson Chandler, who himself is attracting some fashion interest and spent Monday night at the Met ball in Calvin Klein Collection. “I did a fanzine on him when he was on the Dallas Mavericks and they won the championship, but I made it so he appeared to be wearing a Knicks jersey and it said ‘We wish,’ ” Marcopoulos explains. “Six months later when he was signed to New York, he called me up and we just became friends.” Just like that? “Usually athletes are bigger-than-life figures, kind of literally, but I think we assign too many superhero qualities to athletes,” he says. “I don’t see him any different than my son, who is also in this exhibit; they are all just normal people.”

Wherever You Go is open through June 16 at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W. 25th St., NYC, (212) 463-8634.

Photo: Ari Marcopoulos

Surf And The City


Skate and surf photographer Ari Marcopoulos has become an ersatz documentarian of the often hidden world of action sports, turning his lens on any subject who truly loves spending time on a board. During last night’s Dark Sun exhibition, co-hosted by Saturdays Surf, Marcopoulos collaborated with the Nike Stadium on the Bowery to create a gritty, DIY installation. “I was asked by Nike to do an exhibition about East Coast surfing,” said Marcopoulos. “They didn’t want to style it, which is rare these days—I had freedom to do what I wanted.”

Celebrating casually pinned black-and-white prints depicting some of their own, a crowd pushed in for a live performance by Hanni El Khatib with both their boards and babies in tow, perching on the installation’s scuffed skate ramps. A cross section of sport and cultural attendees, including curator/publisher Tim Barber, the Smile’s Carlos Quirarte, and art mogul Tim Nye, showed up. Nike Stadium manager Ryan Giese explained the transient nature of both the scene and the art. “There’s nothing glamorous about it, the art will all come down in two weeks, the sculpture inside will be gone, and Ari’s photos are photocopies—they’ll be thrown away,” he said. “There’s no agenda in this world.”

Standing beside monitors scrolling the blue flicker of a surf video and surveying the relaxed partygoers, Marcopoulos agreed. “It wasn’t so much about finding big waves. It was about having people who are fanatic about surfing just doing what they do.”

Photos: Ari Marcopoulos; Courtesy Photo

Minutes Of The Fashion/Film Club Meeting: Ari Marcopoulos For YSL, Rodarte For Aronofsky


What’s the best way to kick off a whirlwind tour of Paris? According to Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, a nap. “I think Paris is a perfect place to sleep in,” joked Kate. Hard to fault them for catching a little beauty sleep: They touched down in the City of Light for a party to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Breathless—and they’re recently designed T-shirts and film posters for it—at the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré home of the U.S. Ambassador. Parisian friends Stefano Pilati, Nathalie Rykiel, Olympia Le-Tan, Musée de la Mode’s Pamela Golbin, Sarah Lerfel of Colette, Michel Gaubert, and Alexandre de Betak joined the sisters (pictured, with Ambassador Charles Rivkin and Suzanne Tolson, above) for a fête that felt like a meeting of a new Franco-American Fashion/Film Club. Sound master Gaubert recalled a recent trip to Russia with Anna Mouglalis for a screening of her new Coco Chanel biopic: “We were all in this garage and they didn’t have subtitles, so there were Russian actors speaking the parts live.” As intriguing was Stefano Pilati’s revelation that he commissioned photographer Ari Marcopoulos to direct the short that’ll open his YSL Spring ’11 menswear show later this month. “But,” he teased, “I won’t tell you the plot.” YSL skateboarders, perhaps? The Mulleavys themselves moved from one toile (that’s French for flick) project to the next. “We just did the costumes for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan,” Kate told us, their first film costume job. A “shared aesthetic” with the director was essential, said Laura, adding that designing for film can be a stretch technically. “Some of the actors had to be able to dance, and so we invented special constructions for that.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rodarte

Exclusive: Getting Bullish With Meredith Danluck, The Artist Behind Adam Kimmel’s Spring 2010 Video


From Mickey Mouse to the Marlboro Man, the good old U.S. of A. treasures its icons. Artist and filmmaker Meredith Danluck has built her work around plumbing the depths of these American dreams, though not to puncture and deflate. “I think [my work] is coming to a place that’s in between myth and reality,” says Danluck. “To me, breaking down the entire thing and just showing reality is not as interesting. I think we want to keep some of that magic in our lives.” Her last solo show was a 12-minute short called Michael Jackson, Jesus Christ…Coca-Cola for which she met the King of Pop himself (more on that below). But her most recent subject is the American West, explored in her first full-length film, a documentary called The Ride, and a photo series called “Drinkability,” both the result of spending a year with bona fide, modern cowboys. While Danluck is working on getting The Ride into theaters, you can see “Drinkability” at the Renwick Gallery in Tribeca until July 31. And screening today at Adam Kimmel’s menswear presentation in Paris—and exclusively on—is a video she created in collaboration with Kimmel and curator Neville Wakefield called The Cowboy in the Continental Suit, featuring champion bull rider Rocky McDonald. It’s the second in a trilogy of videos produced by the duo that shows men donning some very nice threads to engage in risky activities. (The first, by Ari Marcopoulos, follows two skaters in powder blue Kimmel suits going down a hill at about 60 mph). Here, Danluck talks to about the power of a suit, the beauty of Americana, and the trauma of 30 seconds with Jacko.

A guy riding a bull in a tuxedo isn’t something you see every day. Where did the idea come from?
Neville Wakefield is a good friend and has been involved in this film that I just completed. He’s been seeing pictures from that and listening to me talk about it for years. He talked about the other projects like Ari’s and we talked about contextualizing fear in this way. When a man is in a suit, it’s some form of power. So you’re putting these men in these scary situations, but the suit throws off the element of fear a little bit. It was just the natural choice. If someone’s going to bomb a hill in a suit, then Rocky’s going to get on a bull in a tux.

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