Thursday, 16 February 2017

Kreëmart x Daniel Lismore: MIMESIS

Kreëmart x Daniel Lismore: MIMESIS from Raphael Castoriano on Vimeo.


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.

Visionair - DRESSING CEREMONY: Daniel Lismore film

DRESSING CEREMONY: Daniel Lismore from Visionaireworld on Vimeo.

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Art Commissions "Lismorian Busts"

Fad Magazine

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.
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

W Magazine - Theatre of Self Exhibition - Miami


Meet London’s Most Outrageous Dresser

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.

The Cut NY Mag 

Thirty-two-year-old London-based artist Daniel Lismore calls his artwork “fabric monsters” — he designs over-the-top outfits that he wears on a day-to-day basis. Recently featured at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta*, Lismore uses a mix of couture and designer pieces (Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen are two of his favorite brands), clothing he stitched himself, and objects he picked up on travels around the world. The new book Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, out February 14 from Skira Rizzoli, showcases his most extravagant designs.
“What I really want people to understand is that I do exist like this,” Lismore said about the clothing shown in the book. “I spend my life like this. It’s okay to be whoever you want to be.” For both the exhibit and the book, Lismore chose 32 looks of about 4,000 pieces he created and kept in storage. The collection includes intricately beaded gowns, Victorianesque headpieces that resemble miniature ships and birds’ nests, and Andy Warhol–inspired graphic prints. Lismore said he dresses conservatively, covers his hair with a hijab or scarf, and wears gloves underneath his pieces, allowing him to “paint with fabric.” Click ahead to preview the book, featuring images by photographer Colin Douglas Gray.
*The original version of this article mistakenly referred to the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film as the SCAD Museum of Art.

Battle Of Soho Film.

Starring: Stephen Fry, Joe Corre, Jenny Runacre, Pandemonia, Lindsay Kemp, Marilyn, Daniel Lismore, Drew Caiden, Henry Scott-Irvine

De Zeen Blog - Review of my exhibition

Daniel Lismore's Theatre of Self presents timeline of avant-garde ensembles

At this year's Miami art week, London artist Daniel Lismore has documented his "journey to true self" in an exhibition filled with his most theatrical outfits.
Lismore – an artist, designer and stylist – presented his Theatre of Self exhibition during the Art Basel and Design Miami events, alongside a set of self-portraits by Shanghai artist Bin Feng.
The exhibition explores Lismore as "London's most outrageous dresser" – a reputation he has obtained by transforming everyday objects into wearable art pieces.
More than 4,000 garments and accessories make up the 20 of Lismore's eccentric ensembles on show. Each outfit is presented on life-size mannequins, which have faces cast from the artist himself.
"These life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time, are reflections of his multidimensional identity and are a tapestry of his journey to his true self," said president and founder of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Paula Wallace.
For his accompanying work, Feng – a SCAD masters student – looked to the concept of the American dream. The Shanghai-born artist photographed himself in dramatic scenes, making comments on class, race and gender in western society.
"For me, the motivation in focusing on the American Dream is both the language and cultural barrier," Feng told Dezeen. "When I first came to America, I was struggling with the language, but the desire to communicate converted the language barrier into a drive to visualise my experience in the United States".
Lismore studied photography and fashion design, before embarking on a modelling career. He is currently the creative director of luxury womenswear label Sorapol.
He previously showed his extensive fashion collection in an exhibition earlier this year, titled Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken, at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta. A monograph of the same name details each piece that makes up his wardrobe.
Lismore's Theatre of Self exhibition takes place until 13 December 2016 at 1601 North Miami Avenue.
His array of decorative pieces mirrors the rest of the furniture fair, which for the last few years has been dominated by mid-century French and vintage furniture – but is this time filled with more experimental pieces.

Circuit Ambassador at Tate.

Talking through my exhibition with Paula Wallace from SCAD

Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. Film by Kloss Films

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QX Magazine Cover and Interview Feb 2017

QX Meets Daniel Lismore 

The opulent kingfisher of London’s fashion underground, Daniel Lismore has made a name for himself through his kaleidoscopic imagination, and his notoriously effortless melding of couture and simplicity.
Fashion designer, art installation, ambassador, model, muse, nightclub host, perfume mixologist…the list goes on. But underneath it all, he’s warm, candid and almost jarringly down-to-earth.
A shy and deeply fascinating person who lives for his art, this week Daniel took time out of his hectic schedule to talk fashion, coming out, homophobia
and politics with Jason Reid…

Hi Daniel, Vogue has called you “England’s most eccentric dresser.” But how would you describe yourself and your approach to your art?
I would describe myself as a freedom fighter, a social alchemist and a connoisseur of culture. My art is an extension of my identity, but acts as armour to the cruel world we live in and a magnet to the powerful and wonderful. I use my art to amplify my voice. Living as walking art has become part of my everyday life. 
What does the term ‘fashion’ mean to you? 
I’m with Oscar Wilde on this one. “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” I think style is key if you want to look good. People should choose their own and stop copying others. It makes the world a more interesting place. You can follow fashion or create your own identity. Some don’t think they have it in them so look to copying, when they really don’t give themselves a chance. The moment I stopped trying to be something else was the moment life got better. Something clicked and I realised I had what I was looking for all along. 
When designing pieces, what do you look to for inspiration, and is there anything in particular you avoid? 
To avoid something is ignoring the whole picture. Mistakes often turn into great creations. I look for inspiration in everything and everyone. I can be as easily inspired sitting in a coffee shop on Old Compton Street as going to a great art exhibit or traveling through exotic marketplaces. I studied photography at college and the first thing I was taught was “open your eyes, look at everything”
What’s your opinion of high street fashion in general? 
It’s good for those who are stuck in style or can’t afford designer labels. It opens up trends to the masses, and sometimes helps promote good causes. But it also ruins struggling designers’ businesses when the high street copy. I’ve had designers from the high street come to my label Sorapol’s shows at fashion week, and then I’ve seen copies of our stuff in their collections months later. I was the face of H&M’s ‘Close The Loop’ campaign recently. I think they’re the best because they bring the fashion giants to the high street and promote recycling. 
How do you feel when you’re dressed in one of your pieces? 
For me, my outfits are like you putting on a t-shirt and jeans, things I don’t own. I may be restricted in vision or walking, or arm, hand or neck movement, but it’s more interesting to me. I’ve had whiplash from chainmail and cuts and scrapes on my forehead from metallic head pieces but it all goes away in time. I used to wear 12-inch heels and could run up the street in them but as I grew older I lost that ambition. 
How do you want other people to feel about your look?
I don’t mind. It’s not my business. I anger people, confuse them, make them happy or provoked, but it’s their opinion. I’m fully aware people might react to my art or how I look naturally but I’m so used to comments, good or bad, that I’ve stopped thinking about it. I used to think the way I look without the regalia was unusual so I threw on some jewellery and couture to give people a better reason to stare at me. Now I dress for myself. I’m a shy person and love it when people don’t react at all! 
You have had some negative reactions in the past. How do you deal with that? 
I usually call the police straight away and report it. There have been times when I couldn’t and have had to protect myself. I learned to either keep my mouth shut or to calmly question people’s reactions. I just judge the situations as they unfold but I never answer back with insults. 
What was growing up gay like for you? How did you come out?
I never had to come out as gay. I came out as myself. My mother sat me in the kitchen one morning after a long night out in Birmingham in the gay bars. I think I had bleached blond hair and thick makeup residue from the night before. She turned off the TV and said “have you got something to tell me?” I said no and she said “I know don’t I” and she was fine with it. I was terrified before as I thought I was the only one in the village. I wasn’t! But from then on my family let me do what I wanted to do and supported me 100%. I was bullied all the way through my life at school and in Coventry. I had a hard time but it made me strong. 
What do you think children should learn at school that you didn’t? 
I’m not too sure, but I believe they should teach about people being LGBT in schools, as it’s a massive struggle for those who are. 
Which LGBT bars/clubs did you go to when you came out and which do you frequent now?
I traveled to Birmingham when I first went out. There was Missing and Nightingale’s. I was obsessed with the drag queens Miss Mills, Chrissy Darling and Twiggy. I was introduced to drag shows by Miss Thunderpussy, and I had two good friends who are no longer with us who I used to hang out with. The first time I was introduced to London was when a hairdresser friend Andrew Cadbury Roe took me out. He showed me the Ghetto and Heaven. That’s where I met Philip Salon and discovered the London Underground scene. I was blown away by Tasty Tim, Princess Julia and Lady Lloyd and wanted to be like them. Seeing Björk, Kate Moss, Boy George and Pete Burns in the Ghetto, I knew I was home. I started partying with Jodie Harsh and she launched Circus with me as one of the main hosts. Then for years I had my own parties where I urged everyone to dress up, then hosted nightclubs with Steve Strange. Now If I want a drink I go to Compton’s or Freedom. I go to the Box if I want to go out for the night. It’s not a gay club but it’s open to everything. Soho is dying a death for many reasons. I see the future of bars in London being open for all. Not straight or gay. 
You’re someone who seems to be very in tune with social and political affairs. What or who gives you hope and in the same respect what angers you in the world right now?
Wikileaks give me hope. Julian Assange is a great man. He is a freedom fighter and opens up the awful crimes committed by those who rule us. I have had the honour of working with Vivienne Westwood on her Climate Revolution and recently her IOU – Intellectuals Unite movement. Activists Bianca Jagger, Joe Corre, Chelsea Manning, Charlotte Church, Snowden, Katharine Hamnett and Peter Tatchell also give me great hope. Anyone who uses the power they have for the greater good is fine with me. I’m angered by ignorance, lies and discrimination in all forms. We as a species need to be kinder to one another. The gay community is often first to judge or comment, but I believe we need to stick together because there are more important battles to fight. 
Finally, tell us briefly about some of the exciting projects you have coming up. 
My first book has just been published by Skira Rizzoli, and is launching alongside my SCAD fashion/art exhibition “Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” which I hope to bring to the UK soon. I’m working on a few collaborations with fashion brands and I’m in two documentaries; Battle of Soho & The Burn Punk London, about to be released. I’ve also just become ambassador for Illamasqua, and the The Tate’s Circuit Program, which helps young people gain access to art galleries and educates them through art festivals and Late at Tate. Finally, I plan on conquering the art world this year and showing a series of portraits I have been working on with photographer Simon Harris.

• Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken is out now.