Stella in Spring (With an American Classic) by Jeremy Kost
About the Work
Jeremy Kost beautifully contrasts Stella McCartney’s red hues with the rich green shrubs behind the models in American Classics. The saturation of the photos is reminiscent of vintage pin-up ad campaigns marketing a classic American lifestyle, but Jeremy Kost transforms the all-American message into a contemporary fairy tale of strong young women.
Documenting chic club kids, stylish celebrities, and flamboyant drag queens with ready-in-an-instant Polaroid prints for the past decade, Jeremy Kost has developed an influential following in New York’s downtown art world, as well as on the international fashion scene. Kost makes grids, collages, and blow-ups with his snaps that capture the energy of the moment while exposing a walk on the wild side. It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, his first monograph published by powerHouse Books, features dynamic, double-page spreads of close-up club pix and staged and assembled portrait collages of a fantasy-filled lifestyle in New York, Paris, and Pittsburgh. From shots of Amanda Lepore and Alaska Thunderfuck to Ladyfag and the Duchess of Razzle Dazzle, the pictures in Kost’s book take you to a costumed underground like you’ve never seen before.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Bronson Canyon) by Jeremy Kost
Artspace’s piece by Jeremy Kost is a Polaroid collage of drag queens dressed up for a night on the town in low, soft light. Juxtaposed against one another, the images seem to join together to form a crowd that has bonded together over a long night of revelry.
The drag queens depicted in these photographs, with their blond wigs, tattoos and Lady Gaga leotards, are clearly the belles of the ball. Set against the pink, natural glow of the early morning light, the figures take on additional feminine qualities, making them appear like fairies emerging from the dawn. In the Polaroid at the far right, which is tilted offline from the other two images, a blue-haired figure is separated from the rest of the crowd, suggesting isolation and even vulnerability.
Artspace’s Pop-Up Gallery at the Mondrian Los Angeles got off to a great start at the official opening on April 28, when a smart crowd from the art, film and fashion worlds co-mingled with the fresh limited edition prints and photographs on view. Mondrian chef Philip Dubose prepared a tasty selection of appetizers to match the art that was hand-picked by Artspace’s Adam Fields. Sales were brisk, especially for photos of Nick Cave’s colorful “Soundsuits,” while Jeremy Kost’s blown-up Polaroids of drag queens on parade provoked both animated conversation and strong interest.
Mondrian, one of Los Angeles’ most renowned hotel destinations, has announced an exclusive new collaboration with Artspace.com, the premier online marketplace for contemporary art offering collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to discover, learn about, and collect art from world-renowned artists and emerging talent at affordable prices. Mondrian will bring Artspace to life offline as a specially curated pop-up gallery, open now through mid-June, in the hotel’s intimate, custom-designed retail space.