In the 1950s and 60s, Andy Warhol disrupted the art world and cleverly subverted the art market by appropriating techniques of mass-production and applying those methods to his work. Kreëmart, inspired by this idea, lends this time to UK-based creative Daniel Lismore to expand on the notion of the spectacle and the relationship between production and consumption. Edible tongue tattoos featuring Lismore’s face will be distributed throughout the many art fairs of Miami Art Week.
The tattoos are hand-stamped with edible ink onto store-bought candy, recontextualizing a mass-produced consumable item into a unique and ephemeral art object. Within the setting of an art fair, the gesture of distributing art for free becomes subversive. However, in the spirit of the spectacle of Miami Art Week, the tattoos will only be given to those who engage Lismore, effectively transforming themselves from spectators into participants, and then consumers. In order to see or document the tattoo, participants will be forced to stick their tongues out, another gesture that is subversive in its humorous and absurd presentation.
Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken
Daniel’s work actualizes what others only dream about: a court scene of his own making; each character, Daniel himself. Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken — this book and the exhibition that launched it — portrays Daniel’s brilliant, cheeky self-portraits. One need not look further than the title to understand how fully Daniel expresses his own persona
—Paula Wallace, from the Foreword
Daniel Lismore is known for elaborate and extravagant ensembles that brilliantly combine haute couture with charity-shop finds, yards of vintage fabrics and tartans, found objects, ribbons, feathers, chain mail, shells, ethnic jewelry, retro accessories, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy. A prominent fixture of the London fashion and nightlife circuits, he is both tastemaker and friend to artists ranging from Stephen Fry and Debbie Harry to Boy George and Vivienne Westwood.
For his first major publication, Lismore shares the 32 ensembles that comprised his first U.S. museum exhibition, “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.” The exhibition, co-curated by SCAD and presented at SCAD FASH: Museum of Fashion and Film, offered immersion in Lismore’s unique sartorial point of view. These life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time, are reflections of his own multidimensional identity and are a tapestry of his journey to his true self.
About the Contributors: Paula Wallace (Foreword) is the president and founder of Savannah College of Art and Design. Hilary Alexander (Essay) is the former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph and currently is editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly. Colin Douglas Gray (Photography) is a New York-based fashion and portrait photographer and SCAD graduate.
DANIEL LISMORE BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN
Foreword by Paula Wallace Photographed by Colin Douglas Gray, Essay by Hilary Alexander
Hardcover w jacket / 9.25” x 12.5” / 176 pages / 200 colour and black & white illustrations / £40.00
Skira Rizzoli in association with Savannah College of Art & Design / ISBN: 978-0-8478-5963-4
Release date: February 2017 Buy The Book
Some refer to Daniel Lismore as an eccentric. Whatever you may think, it's hard not to conclude that the 31-year-old artist takes more time getting ready in the morning than you do. That is because he painstakingly curates everything he wears from a vast collection of vintage McQueen, Galliano, avant-garde design pieces, and jewelry. The (daily) end result is spectacular, and now his 3,000-piece collection, which are layered meticulously across 30-odd looks, can be seen on display at SCAD’s pop up exhibition at a space in the Wynwood design district. Opened to coincide with Art Basel, “The Theater of Self” will be on view through this weekend.