"cheap use of color" art show
TUESDAY July 10 - 6-9pm
711 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
artist statement under the cut
cheap use of color
a show of fashion illustrations
june 12 – july 10, 2007
marianne goldin is a Kiev-born illustrator, graphic designer, and visual artist residing in Seattle. She is the exclusive illustrator for the Webby-award winning PoetryFoundation.org website and has done work for The Stranger, Seattle Magazine, University of Washington, and various area bands. In her free time, aside from her day job, she is also a teacher of Illustration to teens at GAGE Academy and a silkscreen instructor at the Vera Project.
Marianne is currently focusing on all things fashion in her art and is venturing into the display arts, in addition to expanding her acumen of fashion illustration. Marianne is collaborating with local photographer Eric Saeter on avant garde shoots and will be getting some practice in display this summer at the Seattle Barney’s New York. She is also the director of a local youth and culture publication, The Cult of Youth Reader.
With this show, I wanted to pursue something that is a real guilty pleasure of mine – the latest fashion glossies from all the European high fashion shows. I stuck to the theme of Spring/Summer 2007 collections because I find them unusually vibrant, fresh, playful, and attractive – in comparison to some of the more sober seasons in the recent past.
The fashion world is about to stage another big turnover – Alber Elbaz is the new underdog on the scene, with his masterful reworking of the house of Lanvin, which has stagnated from its original 1920s-30s glamour and prestige. His treatment of fabric and pleating has been called revolutionary, and I’ve dedicated two of my pieces (Lanvin Pink and Yellow) exclusively to him. I am perpetually inspired by the work coming out Christian Lacroix and the tasteful clusterfuckery that beckons to both the court of Louis XVI and to the heyday of late 1950s Dolce Vita. As always the house’s treatment of color and pattern is pertinent and modern.
2006-2007 is seeing the great stalwarts of the fashion scene, Dior Homme’s Hedi Slimane and Chloe’s Phoebe Philo, depart from their respective houses. It should also be noted that once-enfants terrible such as Balenciaga’s Nicholas Ghesquière are now beginning to seem outwardly-flashy in comparisons to more calculated and understated yet colorful lines of the up-and-coming designers. This season, jewel tones and yellows are the coup de grace. We find Prada borrowing directly from cultural sensationalism, specifically, the re-issue of Grey Gardens, and really, everyone seems to be shortening their skirts, adding head-wear, and increasing the talons on shoes this season.
Alas, summer is a short and rare season in Seattle and we’ll be lucky to find any of these lines in our local stores. But we can dream – we can copy – and we most certainly can go to the source, in the off-season of course.