Friday, December 5th night marked the much awaited presentation of HUNTER & GATTI’s latest series of art works, titled “I WILL MAKE YOU A STAR”, at the SLS South Beach Hotel, coinciding with MIAMI ART WEEK 2014.
The private preview party was hosted by Hunter& Gatti’s muse, supermodel TONI GARRN, who charmed the crowd with her elegant and charismatic beauty. Followed by a light fare reception by renowned Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, head of SLS Katsuya restaurant, offering guests the chance to experience his unique take on classic Japanese cuisine.
Attendants had the chance to admire a selection of Hunter & Gatti’s overpainted celebrity portraits, featuring, apart from
host Toni Garrn, the most distinctive members of today’s art, film and fashion scene, including PHARRELL WILLIAMS, DIANE KRUGER, BRUNO MARS, ANJA RUBIK, ELIZABETH OLSEN, JAMIE DORNAN, KARMEN PEDARU, LEWIS HAMILTON AND CAROLYN MURPHY among others…
During the star-studded evening, collectors, gallerists and artists from all over the world had the opportunity to meet in person Cristian Hunter & Martin Gatti and chat about the inspirations behind the intricate works, demonstrating the art world’s interest in the new ̈Fashion Art ̈ niche segment created by Hunter & Gatti.
“I will make you a star” is the latest series of works by Hunter & Gatti that reflects their desire to bring together photography and painting in one format. The artistic duo was inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings, and more particularly by a specific incident in his career: the moment that art dealer Rene Ricard spotted Basquiat’s work at a party and promised him that he would make him a star. When Basquiat’s work started to become famous, the art world was living a very special moment. New York’s art scene was overflowing with charismatic people and having a strong public persona was a major influence in the way one’s work was being perceived. Despite the fact that Basquiat’s art was undoubtedly unique, his image, his aesthetic and his personality contributed the most to his success. Hunter & Gatti wanted to pay tribute to Basquiat’s legacy by merging the celebrity portraits they had made in the past for fashion editorials and campaigns, featuring the most iconoclastic members of today’s fashion scene, with Basquiat’s paintings that transcend the limits of the art world and form part of our collective unconsciousness – just like the famous faces of their photos. Their idea was to create a series of original hybrids that explore the limits of popular culture, reflecting, at the same time, fashion’s on-going interest in the art world.
Fashion has always been flirting with art, a trend that has grown considerably over the last years and continues to increase at a fast pace. Nowadays all fashion magazines have their annual art issue and their proper stands at the greatest art events all over the world. On the other hand, fashion designers collaborate on a regular basis with artists, creating exclusive collections that reflect the vision of both the artist and the designer. Inspired by the power traditionally attributed to image, Hunter & Gatti wanted their works to perpetuate the wildfire velocity of fashion and the fast cycle of trends that continuously change from season to season, consuming voraciously any of the images they had created. As a response to that, the photographers started to paint over their photos, artistically adopting Basquiat’s primitive style, in order to give them a new-born identity, a new origin, and make them unique.
Hunter & Gatti were fascinated by the idea of using something as strong and successful as Basquiat’s iconography to "turn their own images into stars". Their Basquiat-inspired painting interventions take their photographic works out of the fashion context, where perfection reigns, and places them to the art field, the street and its graffiti (another nod to Basquit), and the art frenzy of the modern metropolis of the world. Out of the destruction of perfection, a new world arises, defying the commercial character of the fashion industry. After all, we shouldn’t forget that some critics had originally looked down on Basquiat’s works for being a mere product of consumerism, same as it happens nowadays with the genre of fashion photography.
Hunter & Gatti wanted to make their particular comment on this situation and explore the blurred lines between fashion and art, using two “formulas of success”: the glossy images of models and actors that have acquired celebrity status and the highly-valued paintings of a renowned artist that has become the symbol of a whole era. We may unconsciously recognize the identity of the celebrities that are hidden behind the layers of painting, but at the same time we are left perplexed by the new faces that have emerged –and it’s this very contradiction that makes Hunter & Gatti’s artworks unique.
“I Will Make You a Star” is the latest series of works by the artistic duo Hunter & Gatti and will be presented at the SLS South Beach Hotel, FL, coinciding with Art Basel Miami 2014. The exhibition consists of their Basquiat-inspired, over painted celebrity portraits featuring celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Diane Kruger, Bruno Mars and Elisabeth Olsen and many more. The inaugural event will be hosted by super model Toni Garrn whose painting will also be displayed in the exhibition.
The exhibition reflects the desire of the artistic duo into bringing together photography and painting in one format while paying tribute to their main inspiration, the artist Basquiat, merging the celebrity portraits done in the past for fashion editorials and campaigns with his art. Their idea was to create a series of original hybrids that explore the limits of popular culture, reflecting, at the same time, fashion’s on-going interest in the art world. For that, the photographers started to paint over their photos, artistically adopting Basquiat’s primitive style, in order to give them a new-born identity, a new origin, and make them unique.
Hunter & Gatti wanted their works to perpetuate the wildfire velocity of fashion and the fast cycle of trends that continuously change from season to season, consuming voraciously any of the images they had created.
The whole concepts relys on the ideo of taking their photographic works out of the fashion context and place them into the artistic fields and therefore explore the blurred lines in between fashion and art.
Acrylic over photography in canvas. 126 X 174 cm. Vogue with Naty Chabanenko
In order to reflect the medusa and underwater themes of the original editorial, Hunter and Gatti used painting to create a series of three pictures in which Naty Chabanenko is transformed into the mythological creature of medusa.
The original esthetic of the editorial shifts into a darker and more dramatic form giving the piece a whole different interpretation and dimension.
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Art Direction: HUNTER & GATTI
Photo: HUNTER & GATTI
Talent: DIANE KRUGER
Stylist: ADA KOKOSSAR
WHO CAN KEEP TRACK OF ALL THESE APOCALYPSES?
A dead end on the road in the middle of nowhere, a car crash, a land inhabited by cats and somewhere in between all these elements, Diane Kruger.
Altogether representing the burning desire of eternity that can be symbolized by the wish of reincarnation, rebirth and the necessity of fleeing from the hands of death. Using connotational symbols of transcendental living and the process between lives and deaths.
Hunter & Gatti are showing what might come after a life of uncertainty, through the fears and hopes of the human soul.
Art Direction: HUNTER & GATTI
Photo: HUNTER & GATTI
Photo: HUNTER & GATTI
Talent: CATO VAN EE
Talent: ORIOL EL CACHO
Hair & Make Up: PACO GARRIGUES