P&V Sweatshop

To install our last show, Blue Jeans On Thin Ice, we were in Los Angeles for two weeks. Essential elements of this new installation were 62 denim teddy bears. One by one, we crafted the bears by hand in our own, LA based, denim sweatshop. This terrific amount of craftsmanship was done under the supervision of the amazing Christi Baquet.

This post gives a glimpse of all hours spend in the making of the Blue Jeans On Thic Ice teddy bears. We could only achieve the beautiful result thanks to the help of these unforgettable people: David Charles, Melinda Gorham, Christi Baquet, Malvin Wix, Sean Costello (= the builder of the shooting gallery), Lady Karson, Noah Paul, BULLETT, Michelle Watson, Nico, Emi Tamaru, Joanna Rosso, Kali Nikitas, Gabe, Jeroen, Mike Gamms, Remy Brixton and the entire KKLA Family thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! <3

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Exhibition, Pinar&Viola, Surface Collection. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Blue Jeans on Thin Ice – P&V Shooting Gallery

We’re now in Los Angeles to prepare our upcoming show at KesselsKramer.

The opening Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !

“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
– P&V

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European multi-media artists Pinar&Viola are having their debut show in the US and their coming out with a
bang. Their show “Blue Jeans On Thin Ice” is an interactive installation that shines a light on the handgun
violence issues we face in America. They will create a dome and shooting gallery entirely out of denim and
people will not buy the art, but shoot with a rifle to win it. The prize, or artwork in this case is a custom made
denim teddy bears. They’ll have a total of 62 teddy bears symbolizing the amount of mass gun shootings
that occurred in the US since the day Pinar&Viola were born.

Pinar&Viola state:
“We find it such an imminent, important subject and we are surprised that due to the traditional narrowmindedness
of the country and the established gun companies that the country keeps on failing to take
action.”

The exhibition suggests a ground where people are free to satisfy their shooting needs, in a fantasy fun fair
format, while not harming anyone. They decided to take jeans as a metaphor and obsessively cover the
gallery because they find gun and jeans are both democratic. “One represents the American dream and the
other America’s nightmare.”
Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice !
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !
“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
– P&V

NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT PINAR &VIOLA
As an eclectic young duo, coming from Istanbul and Amsterdam, currently living in Paris, they live, reflect
and initiate fast changing trends in their practice. This made them become today’s experts of avant-garde
image creation, working with galleries, publications and institutions who are the leaders in their line of
expertise.

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Photo credit: Isabella Rozendaal and Pinar&Viola

ABOUT KK GALLERY
KesselsKramer is an outlet for renowned artists to explore new stories, aesthetics or mediums they cannot
usually exhibit in a commercial gallery space. Work that is meaningful to the artist and to people who love art
and really good stories. KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton
Square in East London.
KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton Square
in East London.

CONTACT
Press materials + more info: david@kklosangeles.com
963 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA, 90012

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm, filed under Art, Exhibition, Pinar&Viola, Various, Vernissage. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Paris Nuit Blanche

We exhibited Scandal Aqua, our 2013 collection at the town hall of the 2nd arondissement of Paris, as part of Nuit Blanche. This collection is a visual scenario inspired by the latest political sex scandals, it expresses the mediatization and tabloidization of politics.
The town hall of Paris (la Mairie), with its political context and the church wall in its courtyard where the teenager girls were projected, was absolutely the best exhibition place for Scandal Aqua. You can find more information concerning the collection here.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on October 17, 2013 at 11:09 am, filed under Ecstatic Surface Design, Exhibition, Graphic design, Paris, Pinar&Viola, Political glam, Published, Surface Collection, Vernissage. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

New project: My secret assistant

My Secret Assistant is created during the Liquid Journalism think-tank organized by Mediafonds in 2013. We were teamed up with Geertjan Lassche, a Dutch reporter and documentary maker, to find contemporary solutions for journalism.
My Secret Assistant is a smartphone application which discretely keeps the connection between you and your network warm and alive. This project is a critical proposal for the future of journalism.

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Why we need to have My Secret Assistant
We are the generation where the meaning of friendship and acquaintance is defined by social media. We flirt on our Facebook accounts, follow with Twitter, socialize and share pictures with Instagram and connect through LinkedIn. While this organic network grows bigger every day, it also gets more and more difficult and time consuming for us to keep all our personal contacts alive.

We’re simply too busy to feed our relations with information. The result: business contacts slowly fade away and we miss professional network opportunities for our future. What we need is an assistant!
This smart application, hidden in our phone, which time-to-time reminds you of your A-list business contacts, takes topics / actualities of the day and morphs them into personalized emails or messages for you to send to your most valuable business contacts.

How does it work
Through accurate inputs and filters, easy to use interface, the user can start a connection through news and media events that are custom prepared and adapted for each person. This service would never send a message without your consent, as we know how dear your network is for you. And the app bares a fantastic toll which prevents the receiver of your messages sees it as junk mail.
My Secret Assistant, it’s a secret between you and us.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Information Wars, Internet, Lifestyle, Pinar&Viola, Sustainability, Video. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

♥Fab Pink Allies♥ Outfit inspiration

In the streets of Amsterdam, during Gay Pride 2013, we photographed these fabulous lady-like allies. They’re dressed with style in ton sur ton pink. While we recovered from the pride, we digitally crafted with some photo apps, the ladies’ outfits for Gay Pride 2014. We can’t wait for next year!

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on August 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Fashion, Lifestyle, Persona, Photography, Pinar&Viola, Queer, Styling, Subculture. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Rap Game Picasso

Following the artworks series we make for the NYC based magazine BULLETT, we lately illustrated the interview of rapper Riff Raff.

We were inspired by his biggest dream of swimming in a spaghetti meatball. We dared ourselves to make a surface that even Riff Raff would look minimalist next to his version of Pinar&Viola. He called it Rap Game Picasso, the ultimate work title given to us so far.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am, filed under Decadence, Digitalization, Music, Other ecstatics, Persona, Pinar&Viola, Published, Styling, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Rijks Museum is now open

Thanks to our dear friends at BULLETT Magazine, we were invited to take part in the grande re-opening of the Rijks Museum Amsterdam, with a seat at the from the front row, as part of the international press. Hereby few snaps from the day. Follow us on instagram for more daily entertainment.

That moment… #RijksMuseum
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#HerMajesty #TheQueen #Beatrix is looking at me #sup @rijksmuseum
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Caribbean swag at #RijksMuseum opening
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Dutch prince #WillemAlexander Instagramming the press #RijksMuseum
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The queen arrives!!!!!! #RijksMuseumOpening
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Police dogs smelling the press before the #queen arrives #RijksMuseum #Opening
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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Art, Exhibition, Photography, Pinar&Viola. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

★NEWWW★

We have a fresh ’n tight new website: WWW.PINAR-VIOLA.COM

The site is built by the great Ingo Valente!

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm, filed under Ecstatic Surface Design, Pinar&Viola, Published. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

P&V 4 Glamcult

For the Dutch Independent Style Paper Glamcult, for their big fashion issue of March, we made a print-extravaganza editorial with photographer Duy Vo and stylist Lisa Anne Stuyfzand. We made the models emerge in our ecstatic patterns. The March issue features also an interview with us.

Glamcult is free and is available in The Netherlands and Belgium.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm, filed under Ecstatic Surface Design, Fashion, Graphic design, Pinar&Viola, Published, Styling, Surface Collection. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Launch party Glamcult #2

Here an impression of the launch of Glamcult issue #2 where we celebrated the collaboration between us, photographer Duy Vo, stylist Lisa Anne Stuyfzand and Glamcult. The evening was presented as ‘A Rest Stop for Pinar&Viola, Duy and Lisa’. A Rest Stop for Rare Individuals is the new exhibition concept of Glamcult Studio.

♡ Thank you Glam Cult family for the great party ♡

The first two pics are from us, the rest is photographed by Nana van Dijk

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on March 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Exhibition, Fashion, Friends, Pinar&Viola. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Optical Illusion Selfies

Optical Illusion Selfies is a work we did in collaboration with OKFocus. We made a special edition set of webcam filters as part of Overlayer.

Our Overlays are inspired by trompe-l’oeil, a classical painting technique that creates optical illusions. Trompe-l’oeils were popular among Baroque artists. The paintings deceived the viewer’s senses while the artists playfully explored the boundaries between image and reality on their canvas. As Pinar&Viola, our canvas is the internet and the web shows that, today the boundaries of image and reality, the actual and the virtual, are blurred away.

A special section of internet’s images are results of everyday digital gestures like a self-portrait, in netspeak labeled as a ‘selfie’. These self-aware selfies are our daily optical illusions that deceive the senses of our Facebook friends. Our profile pictures reveal, as much as they hide, our persona. Our tromple-l’oeil webcam Overlays are digitally crafted devotions of these carefully constructed acts of self-design. These illusionary sceneries are heavily inspired by digital folklore imagery like desktop wallpapers, GIF animations and fantasy web art.

Go to Overlayer.com and turn into a bright blue waterfall, a swamp oracle, a sadomasochistic fire spitting demon and more. The transformative pixels are only one click away, please share your selfies with us!!!

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on January 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Ecstatic Surface Design, Friends, Internet, Pinar&Viola, Selfies. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Sneakerslaves

In our 2nd column @ DazedDigital we wonder about sneakerslaves, a very particular sort of shoe fetishism; men that are licking and sniffing high tech sportswear in the dark corners of the internet.

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Extraordinary fanatical identities, lifestyle desires and corrupted commodities are some of our biggest inspirations. As artist and designers we’re always attracted by cultural excesses. That’s where the beauty and the horror of present time shines out in it’s optimum. This time we found beauty behind the hidden doors of the booming world of sneakers, one of the lasting veteran icons of American consumer culture.

When I meet an attractive boy, his shoes are the first thing I look at. We all know that you can tell so much about a person by what they wear on their feet. Apparently I’m not the only one. Shoes carry sexual connotations in mainstream culture. There is nothing scandalous about stilettos being marketed as sexy.High heels are a widely accepted vanilla expression of shoe fetishism.

Yet the persuasive power of sports footwear has caused the rise of darkrooms within sneaker culture. In the dark zones of the sneaker cult, fanatics enjoy intimacy with stylish kicks on their feet and in their mouth. The iconoclastic twist of a sneakerhead making love to his sneaker could be the ultimate case of a shopper and a product becoming one, surrendered in manic mutual adoration.

We were introduced to the term sneakerslaves via a friend. After a little bit of XX-browsing we found the Tumblrs Sneaker Fetish, Sk8terboy and a Dutch sneaker fetish wikipedia page. The page informs us that most trainer fetishists, gay men and straight men, are based in France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Common forms of sneaker fetishism are worshipping, licking and sniffing sneakers. Shoeslaves also swap each other’s sneakers, or eat food out of their kicks.

These fetishists provide images that make our hearts beat faster. For once the bad boys – always dressed to kill – aren’t depicted in the expected realm of a street fight, a shady strip club, or in a sweaty six-pack workout scenario. In these counter-glamour images of tough boys showing their soft side, while sensually sniffing their pricey sneakers with attention and adoration.

These boys show that shoe fetishism goes beyond thigh-length leather boots, killer heels and kinky combat boots. A special place in this list is taken by our daily hot kicks, the training shoe. Thanks to the mixture of pop culture, nostalgia, strong brand-creation, high tech designs and constant launch of new models, the sneaker reached a popularity that crossed all the lines of race and economic classes. A niche of consumers turned into sneakerheads, and a niche of sneakerheads turned into sneakerslaves.

The affection of urban youth for their sneakers is one of true love. One of the reasons they love their kicks so much is that the footwear embodies cultural and personal transcendence. The right pair of sneakers associates the wearer with extraordinary athletic accomplishments while exclusive special editions seem to have the power to establish an identity in a world where all the same things seem to be available everywhere. Rare models encourage the sneaker freaks to compete with each other. The shoes seem worth the investment. They have the ability to retain or increase in value despite being used. Actually, many sneakerheads don’t mind rocking some classics that look a little worn-in. This kind of tolerance and compassion for a pair of shoes can flame up to an extreme. The look, the feel and the smell of brand new and/or worn sneakers, can cause an adoration that blurs out the line between sneaker freaks and sneaker fetishists.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on January 2, 2013 at 8:42 am, filed under P&V for Dazed Digital, Pinar&Viola, Published, Subculture and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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