One of the most surprising titles we receieved last year that made its rounds around the Juxtapoz office was Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine. We had never seen nail art but into a fine art context, or documented so thoroughly as a sub-culture, and now Subliminal Projects in LA is showcasing an entire exhibition inspired by nail culture called, Nailed. The show features works by Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, Dzine, Igor Jovic, Simone Lueck, Chris Mosier, Kai Regan, Dominique Renee, Jamel Shabazz, and more. Here is the full press release:
The people involved in this (Nail Art Culture) community have no formal art training, yet their passion to make beautiful, over-the-top ornamental objects is what truly struck me, hence the body of work. It has reminded me of why I am an artist and why I choose to create. —Carlos Dzine Rolon, 2011
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to announce Nailed, a group exhibition featuring artwork by Liz Baca, Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, Dzine, Igor Jovic, Simone Lueck, Chris Mosier, Kai Regan, Dominique Renee, Jamel Shabazz, Mickalene Thomas, and Monika Zbijowska.
Nailed is inspired by the 2011 publication titled Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine. Photographers from around the world were commissioned to document nail artists, clientele, and salon owners in their respective cities. The photographs that best represent the diversity of this personal and customized form of expression are presented in the publication, along with a historical account of the history of nail art and adornment from the Ming Dynasty in China to the present. The project outlines the trends and techniques that have emerged with time and the relationships nail art culture fosters, both inside and outside salon walls.
Nailed at Subliminal will focus on the presence of nail art, from the urban underground to high-end glamour and contemporary art. A selection of photographs from the publication, as well as unique sculptural hand jewelry and limited edition sneakers, will be on view. Subliminal has teamed up with ASPHALT to provide music for the opening reception. Closing weekend, the gallery will turn into an “Imperial Nail Salon” with music, drinks, and nail art. Madeline Poole from Nailing Hollywood will be setting up shop, providing an opportunity for viewers to both observe and participate in nail art culture.
The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, September 7th followed by a book signing with several exhibited artists on Saturday, September 8th at The Standard, Downtown LA. Dzine will further explore the theme of Nailed and his studio practice of custom culture through a site-specific installation and intervention during the ASPHALT festival, taking place September of 2013 in Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
September 7—October 6, 2012
Los Angeles, California