is out to burn
The HEAT is on. The air smells like chlorine and sun lotion, the sidewalks are decorated with broken bottles, and sweaty folks are getting more aggressive with every added degree Celsius. Paradoxically, summer still reigns supreme. It’s the invincible season. the ultimate invitation for procrastination. It’s the time of year when life actually presents itself as rife with possibilities. And that’s exactly why Lodown’s summer issue is bringing back the heat.
We gathered a carefully curated selection of hot artists, photographers, and writers. We look at that thing called climate change, check out a few new bands, and generally marvel at all these future classics whose half-life period is lasting significantly longer than just one season.
So, let’s get together, sip a cold one, and enjoy the hot season as long as it lasts. We’ll all wander through summer’s wreckage soon enough.
Highlights of our HEAT issue include…
JEAN JULLIEN… The French multidisciplinary artist just opened a massive solo show titled “Studiolo“, which basically runs for the entire second half of 2023 at Brussels’ MIMA - his first European institutional solo exhibition, to be precise. It’s an immersive experience, celebrating the symbiotic relationship between art and language (and therefore the richness and complexity of the human experience), showcasing Jean Jullien's exceptional talent for combining the two.
POSE… POSE already started to sink his teeth into graffiti in 1992, and later became part of renowned crews The Seventh Letter and MSK. He then co-founded We Are Supervision in 2005 before deciding to focus entirely on his artistic career around 2009. His work takes pop culture out of context via an expertly executed cut-and-paste technique that deconstructs and reinterprets familiar compositions in order to create something entirely new.
WILL COTTON … New York City-based painter Will Cotton continues to write his very own take on Americana with his latest exhibition “Trigger“, that’s currently on display at Paris-based Templon gallery. His art might have a soft focus on first impression. In actuality though, it is not only a masterfully executed reflection on American pop culture and its often implied myth-making, but a first-rate deconstruction of ultra-masculinity, gender, and outdated role models.