Roberta Gentry | We Need Mirrors

Roberta Gentry | We Need Mirrors

We have no need of other worlds.

We need mirrors.

We don’t know what to do with other worlds.

— Stanisław Lem

Roberta Gentry, Installation View. We Need Mirrors, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and LADIES’ ROOM. 
Roberta Gentry, Installation View. We Need Mirrors, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and LADIES’ ROOM. 

With the recent Roberta Gentry show We Need Mirrors at LADIES’ ROOM we were able to see her perfectionist vision of shape, dimension, color, and light. Her intricate pieces greatly inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem’s Solaris, a book which followed a crew of scientists on a research station on their mission to understand an extraterrestrial intelligence. Her paintings merge the primordial with futurism into an overall existential presentation of what life could be and is. The symmetry and paint practices are greatly informed by Agnes Martin, exploring order and humanity. Geometry reigns supreme in her world of deco and pomo angles which as us all. We got to know the artist’s chatting up on the process of discipline, Arizona’s landscape, and finding comfort in David Lynch’s weather reports.

Roberta Gentry, Hold, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 48×36

What’s your daily routine? 

Depends on the day! On studio days I start working in the morning around 9 or 10 and typically finish around 7pm. I set a goal for each day that I’m in the studio so that I don’t just fumble around or waste time not knowing what to do. 

 

When did you realize you wanted to be a painter?

Probably when I was in high school. I found a lot of relief from teenage angst in painting, it was the way that I could best express things I didn’t have language for. 

 

Which artist do you think is most misunderstood? 

I’m not sure if any artist can be misunderstood, since the experience of art is subjective, and the artist really has no control over how their work is understood by others. That being said, I think had some form of misunderstanding for Agnes Martin for a long time. In grad school I decided I didn’t like her work because of the way she writes about it, which is ridiculous looking back. I loved the experience of looking at it but reading her writing about her work was such a different thing. She’s one of my favorite painters now, but it’s always made me slightly wary of using too much language to describe painting. 

Roberta Gentry, Installation View. We Need Mirrors, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and LADIES’ ROOM. 
Roberta Gentry, Installation View. We Need Mirrors, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and LADIES’ ROOM. 

Have you always been drawn to these hard-edge geometric patterns, or is this a more recent direction? 

The hard-edged work started in grad school, along with a fascination with symbols, crystallography, furniture meant for displaying collections, and cutaway diagrams. Previous work was about landscape and the layering of the earth and was definitely not hard-edge. I enjoy organizing chaos, and clean lines allow me to make distinct separations across the canvas.

 

Arizona and its picturesque deserts have often been sanctuaries for artists. How did that space influence your practice, if at all?

I think that the landscape I grew up in, which was high desert miles from the nearest paved road, definitely influenced the person I am. A fascination with the order and efficiency of nature, along with its infinite complexity, is something that has stayed with me. And I think learning how to be okay with isolation is pretty useful as an artist.  

Roberta Gentry, Perch, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 18×14 inches

Before you begin a canvas, are your kaleidoscopic shapes, shades and colors preordained, or do you improvise your compositions?

Yes! I plan it all out in a series of small drawings before I start. I begin with the central structure, and then create an environment for it to live in. Then I decide where the lights and darks are, and finally the general color scheme. There are always surprises no matter how well you plan, however, and it’s still exciting to see what they end up looking like in the flesh. 

How might the end of 2020 and birth of 2021 inform your work going forward?

I don’t think anyone has totally escaped the changes that this year has brought. I’ve been watching David Lynch’s weather reports, they’re really comforting. He says this a period of transformation and I find that really hopeful. I plan on continuing to allow the work to evolve and grow, making small improvements and experiments and learning from them. Everything has to move at its own pace, and I hope after this year we can collectively claim a bit more patience at least. 

Roberta Gentry, Installation View. We Need Mirrors, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and LADIES’ ROOM. 

Photographed by Paloma Dooley.

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Black Friday | The Health Edit

Black Friday | The Health Edit

This weekend while the rest of America is spending time binging on leftover goodness and attempting to replicate the consumerist high of waiting in line for the deals, we implore you to take the other route. Juicing, working out and manifesting a sexy bod to wear the barely there looks on the street. Coachella may be canceled til next fall but at least we have a hopeful start to the new year. See our picks below to keep you sound right and body tight!
First things first lets get your body right! And let’s all be honest you are more than likely a few weeks into a Thanksgiving meal that has included every single restaurant there was before lockdown. With that in mind let’s get rid of that pooch with a much needed and intensive work out with AARMY’s founders: Angela Davis, Trey Laird, and Akin Akman and their team. Take advantage of off their Aarmy gear with its cult like appeal and also have offered up a deal on their work out subscriptions that will be sure to whip that ass into shape  
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Colleen Rothschild | Matcha Tea Treatment Toner

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Keeping this in mind we were all in for Colleen Rothschild’s Beauty Matcha Tea Treatment Toner which gave us a little life after a night cosmetic excess. Dosed with mighty antioxidants the alcohol free toner is vital in rehydrating and comforting skin. With a naughty night of makeup and edibles, I for one feel that my skin need a certain level of punishment via any stinging toner that will say, hey parties over time to cleanse into overtime. With the Matcha Tea Treatment however skin feels cleanse without the brutality.

The use of preprobiotics via the black and green kombucha fortifies this multibenefitial product. Beyond cleansing the toner really gets in and detoxifies, protects, and absorbs all the excess oil. #poresavior, anti-inflammatory characteristics and antiseptic properties are vital in making that morning after less mourning after.

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Bunny Holiday | Horror Babe

EAT BLOOD

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Invocation of my Demon Brother & Lucifer Rising – Kenneth Anger

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Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

Photographed by Rony Alwin.

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Shanghai Upcycle Underground

Shanghai Upcycle Underground

Layout by Ida-Erika Gencheva

8 looks, 3 local upcycle designers, 1 model, 1 location, 1 goal: to promote the upcycle culture. After 7 years of living in NYC, Karmay Ngai, a creative director, model and “Eco Well-Being Blender” has found herself in Shanghai with the spirit to continue to grow the sustainable culture there. Ngai’s recent ventures include staging a wellbeing event which showcased her own designs.

This body of work highlights Shanghai’s riverside factory locations. Formerly  abandoned and now refurbished, they are very much part of the city’s ongoing dialog between industrialism and the newfound steps back into sustainability. Overlooking a bridge which reverberates the iconic influences of San Francisco’s very own golden landmark’s glow. We are excited to share this story and showcase what the local designers in Shanghai have to provide for the sustainable world.

TooTwoForFour top, Patch Love Universe shoes (worn throughout), and stylist’s own pants.

TooTwoForFour top, Patch Love Universe shoes (worn throughout), and stylist’s own pants.

TooTwoForFour top and stylist’s own pants.

TooTwoForFour top and stylist’s own pants.

tootwoforfour(2二得肆))

设计师 Designer

INSTAGRAM: @tootwoforfour tingting384wixsite.com
tootwoforfour(2二得肆)) is a Shanghai based Upcycling fashion label founded by Ting Ting Wu in 2019. Focusing on redesign and deconstructing second hand garments, turning them into new exciting pieces. Ting has been a Vintage lover since 2012. She received her formal fashion education, as well as other innovative training and artistically life experiences among cities like VancouverLondon and The Netherlands from 2010-2018.

2二得肆 是一个基于二手衣再造的时装品牌,由设计师吴婷婷于2019年在上海正式成立。着重于对二 手服装的结构和重新设计,使之成为一件件“全新的”单品。婷从2012年便是古着爱好者,在 2010-2018年期间,婷活跃在温哥华,伦敦和荷兰等地,主修服装设计,并且同时自我探索其他创新 领域和艺术的行为。

ChipChip top and stylists own pants.

ChipChip top and stylists own pants.

ChipChip

设计师 Designer
INSTAGRAM: @chipchipchopchop_ wechat: chipchipshop

With nothing to do, and self-employed, Chinese traditional style and originality frames the very chic, very cheap, chipchip shop! After graduating from Polimoda fashion institute in Florence, studying pattern making, chipchip designer Hu Huishi, found the fashion world was not what she’d imagined, but she still worked in the fashion industry in Shanghai for three years with a passion for clothing. She had not found the most suitable direction. By chance, during the epidemic, she says, “it was so boring to be trapped in my old house and I started to remodel my old clothes. It just so happened that my old house had a lot of unnecessary old clothes and the sewing machine I bought in high school. I picked up my passion for making clothes again.”


无所事事,失业后的自我就业状态,中古着与原创自制,very chic, very cheap, chipchip shop! 毕业于Polimoda服 装打版,回国工作后发现服装圈并不是想象中那样的, 但凭着对服装的热情还是在上海服装行业里上班了三年, 其 中兜兜转转还没有找到最适合自己的方向。机缘巧合下在疫情期间因为被困在老家里实在无聊开始了旧衣改造,正好 老家里有很多不要的旧衣服和我高中时买的缝纫机 ,重新拾起了做衣服的热情。

 

.08zine dress

.08zine top and talents own pants.

Ye Zee Chen

设计师 Designer
INSTAGRAM: @o8zine http://yezeecee.wixsite.com/yechen https://yezeecee.wixsite.com/08zine

Ye Zee Chen graduated from St. Martin’s College of Art in England, majoring in clothing. In 2020, she and her college classmate Kang Yoon Young established the designer brand .08zine. .08zine is a non-traditional clothing brand, each series only develop and design new styles and fabrics based on 3 to 4 ready-to-wear styles that have been produced but cannot be sold. “We are not recreating clothes, but treating clothes as or modified into fabrics, and then put them into the design of the season.”

Ye Zee Chen 毕业于英国圣马丁艺术学院服装专业。2020年与大学同学 Kang Yoon Young 成立了设计师品牌 .08zine。.08zine 是一个非传统服装品牌,每个系列只会在3到4件已经生产但销售不出的成衣款式的基础上研发与设 计出全新款式与面料。我们不是衣服再造,而是把衣服看作或者改作面料,进而放入当季的设计中。

Photography | Matjaž Tančič.

Model & Stylist | Karmay Ngai.

Hair & Production | ContestaRockHair.

Makeup | Valeria Romanova.

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