Practice to Deceive: Smoke & Mirrors in Fashion, Fine Art and Film
Alberto De Castro
TheSHOWstudio.com Shoppresents Practice to Deceive:Smoke & Mirrors in Fashion, Fine Art and Film. Running from 15 April to 16 July, the exhibition includes such as major works by Francois and Bernard Baschet, William Claxton, Jenifer Corker, TR Ericcson, Stephen Jones, William Klein, Nick Knight, Craig McDean, and Sissel Tolaas. Conceptually built around the expression “smoke & mirrors”,Practice to Deceive approaches the saying both literally - juxtaposing iconic photographs of people smoking and physical mirrored sculptural surfaces; and figuratively - looking at the expression and how it refers to deceit and artifice, two things that come up time and time again in art and fashion on many levels. Fundamentally, they set out to both examine the artifice and illusion of the end product as well as how smoke and mirrors are themselves infinitely seductive subjects; a pop-culture cliche of post-coital cigarette in mirrored boudoir and the implicit narcissism of a gaze into a mirror.