Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Rebel Girls

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Curating an exhibition is never easy, particularly when the depth and premise of a project extend well beyond the capacity of a very small exhibition space. Such was my challenge at Heist Gallery when Matt Lucas and I decided to kick off our summer series with a preview of Liz Magic Laser’s chase: a production of Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man, a brilliant and curious project that probes certain quotidian experiences, pointing to vulnerabilities in structures we overlook or take for granted. Once the project was installed I was able to sit down with Liz to, among other things, discuss feeding prosciutto into her bank account via the ATM, staging Bertolt Brecht’s Man Equals Man in various bank branches, and how the project, as a whole, came together. A preview of Laser’s video, the first forty-five minutes of what will be a three and a half hour film, was on view in our summer series.
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Fashion Week in New York City is an event to behold. If you’ve ever lived in the city, you know the area surrounding Bryant Park gets temporarily overtaken by fashionistas, models, designers, and wannabes. This year, Fashion’s Night Out is Thursday, September 10 and every major label is hosting some kind of shindig. Coach is no different—the purse company has invited illustrator Kiersten Essenpreis and graffiti artist Pesu to custom design purses at its flagship store on Madison Avenue. But Kiersten has not always been at the point of custom designing bags for Coach during New York's biggest fashion week. In fact, there have been times when she almost walked away.
    Active Image                        After meeting Erin Magee, odds are you’ll end up with a crush on her and a strong desire to swap outfits. From college jock to coffee girl at Umbro, to head of her own streetwear company for badass girls, MadeMe, Magee has made a unique place for herself in the fashion world. MadeMe, now in its third year, is a Lower East Side inspired line with a luxe edge. Full of athletic-chic tees, gorgeous leather jackets, and skintight patterned and shiny pants, Magee’s upcoming fall line manages to hit all the right notes from club kid to high fashion.

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Written by Susannah Wexler
 Active Image From West Side Story to Gossip Girl, teen life has been chronicled for decades. It’s fun to hear about and fun to watch, but rarely does it match reality (and thank god, because who really wants Zack Morris’s depth and The Breakfast Club’s archetypal diversity?). That being said, as a teen, it may often feel like you are never given the opportunity to write your own script.
Active Image                  Samantha Crain, a petite songstress raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, has a voice that rivals The Little Mermaid’s Ariel’s. In addition to singing, she plays guitar, writes songs, and plays with a bunch of dudes whom she found for her band. Her writing, which is often tinged with a melancholic darkness, is delivered with a precocious folky energy. In “Bananafish Revolution,” for example, she sings, "It's a perfect day for dying," and the music seems to rock in the delicate crux of doom and joy.

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