Alice in process…

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28 Apr 2018

"Adventures in Beauty Wonderland" by Keiichi Tanaami




"One of Japan’s foremost pop artists, Keiichi Tanaami, presents a joyfully psychedelic animation inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, unveiling an underworld of kaleidoscopic cosmetics in the form of perfectly made-up third-eyes and chirping lipstick butterflies. Tanaami has had a varied career as one of his country’s most vivid and playful creatives, from creating a record cover for Jefferson Airplane, to becoming the first Art Director of Japanese Playboy. Today’s surreal short was made as an artist commission from Lina Kutsovskaya, Sephora’s Creative Director formerly of Teen Vogue and Barneys. Tanaami’s resulting Alice takes a trip through an imagined world of beauty and artistic fancy, crossing over into a landscape populated by 100 creatures. Invented from both his dreams and drawn from favorite artworks, Tanaami reimagines Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” spiders by Odilon Redon and from the 18th century, “The Elephant and Whale” screens created by Itō Jakuchū." nowness



"SCULPTURE: The six-foot-tall sculpture, entitled Kannon of Beauty , was influenced by the image of Kannon Bosatsu (or “God of Mercy,” in Japanese Buddhism). “It is said that Kannon Bosatsu has one thousand arms, extending mercy to one thousand people,” notes Tanaami, who continues: “I have chosen to use only six hands, with each functioning as a magical device to enhance beauty.” Around the head sits a brilliant halo (“Kohai”), while below, fluttering butterflies represent both the ephemerality and eternality of beauty." source: cargo collective

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