Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vicious Vitamins #1 - Some pictures...

Here are some pictures that will be published in the first issue of Vicious Vitamins. This issue will soon be available for download on-line and will be distributed for free in Basel during the Basel art fairs early June.

Dunk, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Lowsalt, Glasgow (Scotland)

Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest (Romania)

Poster Uffie by Powerhouse Factories for the Lollapalooza Festival

Poster by French artist Antoine Bernhart

Poster for Kap Bambino gig by Paris-based design studio "Arrache Toi Un Oeil"

Troels Carlsen, Sipping from the Mirror (pencil and collage on blank antique bookpages, 2008)

Troels Carlsen, Crânes (acrylics on antique anatomy print, 2008)

Troels Carlsen, Crânes (acrylics on antique anatomy print, 2008)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cover Vicious Vitamins #1

Lada Redstar, the hottest burlesque dancer from Sarajevo, will be in the front page of the first issue of Vicious Vitamins. The picture itself is from Paris-based photographer Dimitri Lepretre.

Also on the photography side, we're happy to announce that Billa Baldwin, the favourite photographer of the Shoreditch wanker community, will be a regular contributor of Vicious Vitamins !!!! and he will of DJ for our parties !!!!! It's all good, innit !!!!

About Lada Restar

LADA REDSTAR is from the cold, Lada Redstar is from the other side of The Wall: She's from the Eastern Bloc! It wasn't in Hollywood or on Broadway where she was initiated into dance... It was to the cadence of the Red Army's parades that she learned to move her body... It didn't take her long to leave the ranks of her regiment and begin her ascent to glory! It's said that the little soldier girl had no trouble getting her hands on the keys to the Kremlin and other communist hellholes. She can still be found in these places occasionally today... and she's privy to the most intimate secrets of the senior dignitaries of the Party! Lada Redstar has survived the wars, and today she comes to the West to offer her personal vision of conquest, of charm, and of Burlesque. From the cold! But warm like the most blissful vodka euphoria... So... За ваше здоровье! ... After all, who knows seduction better than the women of the East?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Edito Vicious Vitamins # 1

Everything started in 1987. I was nine years old and I was living in L’Etrat, a small village not too far from Saint-Etienne, an industrial town located more or less in the middle of France (a little bit more east than west, at the north of the south half…). In 1987 was opened the Museum of Modern Art of Saint-Etienne. It was kind of an exciting news for everyone to see this massive black construction on the edge of the highway finally opened to the public. I was at primary school and of course was brought there every year by my teachers and my parents. That’s how I discovered art and the first artist I learnt about was Fernand Leger. I actually thought he was also from Saint-Etienne because his paintings were about working class people and Saint-Etienne was a very industrial city until the eighties.

Then I moved to Paris at the age of 13 and probably because I was a lonely teenager I visited everything I possibly could. I even seriously considered buying a Nan Goldin picture which at this time was offered for 3,000 French Francs (about 450 euro)!!! That was at the FIAC which was at this time on the site of the Musee du Quai Branly; but that was more than half my saving so I didn’t buy it.

I don’t know why I keep on looking at art. Maybe am I desperately running after the same feeling I experienced the day I discovered Fernand Leger in Saint-Etienne? What I know is that Leger challenged the traditions. He invented his world that he offered to everyone looking at his works. I liked Fernand Leger for the vivid colors and funny shapes (some years later some teachers told me to call that cubism, orphism or tubism). I was nine and I found it fun!

Since then, I’ve been looking for the same fun. Why should art be boring and pretentious? Art should not be boring and pretentious and that’s why Vicious Vitamins is here. Art is made of energies, the energies of artists, gallerists, collectors, art fairs crews and thousands of people enthusiast about art... That’s what we’d like to present in this magazine. Welcome!