For over two decades, the meticulous and audacious imagery created by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin has challenged and inspired the field of fashion photography. In celebrating more than 25 years in the industry, the Dutch couple has created an exhibition comprised of more than 300 works. Pretty Much Everything will take over two of Dallas Contemporary's largest galleries.
They are regular contributors to Vogue Paris, Purple Magazine, W Magazine and V Magazine among many others and have created iconic advertising campaigns for leading fashion and fragrance brands including: Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Gucci, Chloe, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chanel, Robeto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf Parfum.
van Lamsweerde and Matadin's career in art is equally prolific; their work is exhibited internationally and held in public and private collections across the world. Motifs from imagery produced for commercial commissions are often carried through into their artwork and the pair regard this dialogue between commerce and art a central theme of their practice.
K8 Hardy's artistic practice defies categorization, spanning a variety of genres and media, she uses video, film, photography and performance to highlight and critique the current portrayal of women in popular culture. Influenced by post-Gloria Steinem feminism, Hardy's art work addresses the issues surrounding identity, gender power and personal choices. There is something profoundly anti-authoritarian about her way of working that recalls the avant-garde idea that art has to be destroyed if it is to include everyday life. Performance for Hardy is more of a sporadic public happening or protest, than a formal performance. Her art is Post-Conceptual in every sense of the word, constantly striving to set up the conditions for something unexpected to emerge, something that will then be able to exist without her. Hardy constantly pushes the limits of what conventionally constitutes an artist's role - often steering institutional forces in an attempt to subvert their logic.
Opening celebration will be from 9 pm to midnight on Saturday, September 22.