Since Hedi Slimane left fashion in 2007, every few years there are whispers of his return. For what he brought to the industry, he iconized himself in less than a decade. Subsequently, he took his love for photography and made it his full-time creative outlet.
Slimane is someone who has vision because he laces everything he does with his character. When he started his online photography diary, HEDI SLIMANE DIARY, it became clear that it was still him. There is such ease in his transitions, from fashion to images, everything is seamless.
This week, his first West Coast solo exhibition, ‘California Song’ opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Slimane has often said that California, particularly Los Angeles, has greatly influenced him in his work. In his latest interview with the New York Times, he speaks of his first time in LA and feeling immediately at home. It only makes sense that his first exhibit would be a tribute to Cali:
“This exhibition is dedicated to Slimane’s California period, which began with the Frenchman’s visit in 2007. The black-and-whites are heavy on contrast, and oily, saturated blacks that absorb as much light from the environment as possible. The subjects are seemingly dispassionate and frozen in ordinary moments, exuding visceral and honest presentations of their humanity. Some of the personalities documented include Ariel Pink, Beck, Ruscha, Gore Vidal, Sky Ferreira, and one of my favorite series of his to-date is that of Frances Bean Cobain.
A big part of the experience is the sound of No Age. Dean Spunt and Randy Randall have fast become the darlings of the local music cool crowd and professed ambient sounds live in the space as observers looked on.”
Now, if only I could just get to Cali…