It’s Punk season! You probably already know that since the exhibition at Metropolitan Art Museum is so popular. SHOWstudio thought about it and announced a contest: send in your works related to this theme and you will be selected and presented on the site. What was even more exciting is the fact that Nick Knight himself did the selection. Well, isn’t this thrilling? Here are the two creative and inspirational winners so far:
Jenny Jokela is an animator and illustrator born in Helsinki and working in London. What is interesting is the way in which she combines two areas which rarely are put together, but as you can see below they not only work but underline each other even more. What is punk? Jokela’s interpretation is a little different:
As for other projects, here is one we liked a lot, in collaboration with Alvar Magazine. It has that dreamy touch, beautiful image and what is most important is the fact that it gives you a clear line of Alvar’s direction and interests.
The second winning project is Charlene Bagcal‘s project, which is dark and very daring. Again, what Nick Knight chose is a little different from what you’d expect, and this is why his selection becomes interesting. After years have passed, Punk is seen in a new way and, therefore, the term is open to interpretation.
Of course this only makes you want to see more from the artist. Apparently, the film below, Dreamland for Dresslab was accepted in La Jolla Fashion Film Festival and up for a nomination at another festival, the International Fashion Film awards. We’ll probably here more about Charlene Bagcal, because the artist already has a position in the fashion film industry that makes her stand out. Her works are surrealist and daring and she questions themes like power, fragility and sexuality.
So, I thought I should see what the dictionary mentions about this term. The Merriam-Webster states it’s 1. prostitute (archaic), 2. a young inexperienced person : beginner, novice; especially : a young man,a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian, a young man used as a homosexual partner especially in a prison 3. a punk rock musician, one who affects punk style and so on. The word was first used in 1596. And I liked a lot the definition given by the Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com):
“A guy walks up to me and asks ‘What’s Punk?’. So I kick over a garbage can and say ‘That’s punk!’. So he kicks over the garbage can and says ‘That’s Punk?’, and I say ‘No that’s trendy!
So, what is punk?