1. Who says fashion is based around continuous consumption and waste? Karl Lagerfeld certainly wanted to abolish this perception when he presented Chanel's Spring 2013 collection. Models slid across a completely solar-paneled floor embellished with 13 huge wind turbines. Go Karl!
2. Citing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899), and the film The Moon and Sixpence (1942) as inspiration, Luc Tuymans' latest paintings will be exhibiting at David Zwirner's London gallery. Tonight's opening reception of Tuymans' Allo! also doubles-up as the inaugural exhibit at the gallery's first European location, a vast and bright space on 24 Grafton Street in Mayfair, London. Allo! runs until November 17th.
3. We applaud Death Grips for their provocative intelligence and earth-shattering beats. Their self-release LP, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, released today, does not disappoint. You can download it for free here. Be prepared for nothing less than pornographic angst and anger. If you like what you hear, you can find out more about them in the Mutant Rap Takeover feature from our latest issue.
4. Ahmed Alsoudani's second solo exhibition opens tonight at the Haunch of Venison Gallery in New York. Once focusing his politically motivated work on the destruction and consequence of war, Alsoudani's newest exhibit reveals his interpretation of the corruption behind such violence. It runs through November 3rd.
5. Heading to the Hammer this weekend? If you have some extra bread lying around then you should definitely stop by this year’s Gala in the Garden on Saturday October 6th. Steve Martin, Rachel Maddow and Katy Perry are just some of the stars signed up to honor artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. The glamorous soiree is held annually to support the Hammer's dedication to providing acclaimed exhibitions and free public programs. Champagne and art, always a lovely combo!
6. There's guns on that buck's head! Portland-based Peter Gronquist presents a unique version of taxidermy and taboo to deliver his message. Striking contentious works are created as he juxtaposes nature and materialistic society as he questions “the deteriorating human relationship to their environment and, ultimately, one another.”
7. Tomorrow at the French Institute Alliance Française, the Crossing the Line festival brings you "Mon Ma Mes" by Jack Ferver. His often uncomfortable self-analysis is sure to be on display. The performance will be a question-and-answer format, using his fictitious imaginings and work to draw the audience in and share something unique with them. Not to be missed!
8. These awesome break dance illustrations are the most recent work of French illustrator and graphic designer Florian Nicolle (aka Neo). Nicolle’s sketch-like style lends itself to the fast moving world of dance with each drawing portraying the energy of break dancing. She has even included Cartesian-like coordinate systems with swooping arrows and notes about jump heights.
9. New York based artist Jacob Hashimoto, known for his large-scale exhibitions, has created a new colorful and airy installation titled “gas giant”. By grouping together various geometric shaped paper kites hanging from the ceiling, he creates an interwoven cloud-like composition. Hashimoto's work will be on display at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago until October 20th.
10. Kati Nescher stars in the latest fashion film for Nina Ricci. The Fall 2012/2013 short was directed and shot by fashion's best-loved photography duo Inez & Vinoodh. With a wacky score that sounds like an interrupted French phone call by Brooklyn-based trio Avan Lava and eery illustrations conceived by Jo Ratcliffe, the end result is mysterious yet intriguing.
11. Remember the child-like pleasure of dodging raindrops? "Rain Room" by contemporary art studio rAndom International invites visitors to experience what it is like to walk through the rain…. without getting the slightest bit wet. Thanks to some genius digital technology involving motion sensors, you can walk through avoiding being soaked by the almost 530 gallons of water washing over Barbican’s Curve Gallery in London. "Rain Room" runs from October 4th till 3rd March 2013.
12. Jack Addis’ artwork celebrates and explores the distinction between the digital and physical. The futuristic, malfunctioning collages the British artist creates are achieved through maniulating and evliving his own painted work with computers. The end results are a digitized amalgamation of technology and art.
13. Imagine having your lazy-boy, a warm fire and a good book to make the tundra your living room. Rune Guneriussen’s latest work entails a series of photographs taken on location in Norway. Many of the Scandinavian country's forests and icy landscapes have been treated to an Alice in Wonderland-style make-over with an intricate lighting installation. The carefully arranged lamps provide an almost livable aesthetic to the subarctic environments. See the entire collection at the Rheingalerie Bonn Gallery in Germany, running until November.