Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Twenty Years And Still Dazed!

Dazed and Confused
Making It Up As We Go Along (HB)
In the unassuming rooms that lie within the setting that is Somerset House, there's a lot going on; colour, imagery and sheer brilliance jumps at you the moment you venture in and are confronted with the Dazed and Confused 20th anniversary exhibition, Making It Up As We Go Along, of which coincides with the launch of the book of the same name.
The stage: a blank canvas, walls set in neutral tones; the focus: years and years of photographic art and design genii that has graced the covers of Dazed. Each room within the five dedicated to the exhibition are filled with the stars and talent captured by the renowned Dazed photographers and artists; including, of course founder Rankin. Sam Taylor-Wood, Björk, Damien Hirst, David Benjamin Sherry, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chloë Sevigny, Kate Moss, the late great Alexander McQueen, Naomi Campbell, Grace Jones, Pharrell Williams are just a small portion of those who contributed and those captured on the covers and within the pages of this iconic mag.

The rooms are carefully and cleverly positioned so you walk the line from the beginning to present day. Each picture is a wonderful jaunt back to the time in which it was set. Undeniably nostalgic, drifting past the walls of cover shots of Neneh Cherry and Blur; Eminem avec Bong, and Mila with hairy pits.

My favourite moment, a close second was being surrounded by the breathtaking photography of the Fashion-Able issue, was what I like to call the Dazed Walk; a corridor dedicated to the covers spanning the last 20 years. Like a flick book, the covers come alive here as you walk the time-line and see them in all their glory.

The peace that comes from walking the halls within this well thought out exhibit allows for much quiet contemplation and admiration. You are able to truly gaze at the subjects in the photos; letting the world around you disappear. It's haunting at times, which only adds to the awesomeness of the exhibition. 

If this is what making it up as you go along produces, then I say, "As you were!"

A definite recommendation from me. Everyone needs to experience it.

A huge thanks to the staff at Somerset House who were brilliant hosts. Thanks for answering ALL my questions. 


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