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Art November, 13 2011

Hedi Slimane’s ‘California Song’ at MoCA Los Angeles

Not many have had such a big impact as Hedi Slimane in more than one creative discipline. He was considered the most influential menswear designer when working at Dior Homme and since leaving the brand, has build an impressive career as a photographer, being featured in every single reputable magazine that is out there.

This week Hedi Slimane opened his first West Coast solo exhibition – California Song at MoCA Los Angeles.

“This exhibition is dedicated to Slimane’s California period, which began with the Frenchman’s visit in 2007. The black-and-whites are heavy on contrast, and oily, saturated blacks that absorb as much light from the environment as possible. The subjects are seemingly dispassionate and frozen in ordinary moments, exuding visceral and honest presentations of their humanity. Some of the personalities documented include Ariel Pink, Beck, Ruscha, Gore Vidal, Sky Ferreira, and one of my favorite series of his to-date is that of Frances Bean Cobain.

A big part of the experience is the sound of No Age. Dean Spunt and Randy Randall have fast become the darlings of the local music cool crowd and professed ambient sounds live in the space as observers looked on.”

Photography: The Hundreds

Take a further look at Hedi Slimane’s ‘California Song’ exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which runs until January 22nd, 2012, after the jump.

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