(May 2019)  

vogue Remix 2020 Challenge: Commentary- Critque


This magazine has superior paper perfect for cutting and pasting. In addition, Vogue magazines are typically intimidating as they are chock full of the bold and the beautiful. This issue was no exception. The playful sexuality in some of the collages entice the viewer in a passive- aggressive manner; although on the face of it this may seem like a back handed compliment, it is what it is. I like this series for this very reason. The sexual undertones and the cliché "girls just wanna have fun" mentality makes for interesting story telling. The vibes are strong with an undercurrent of anxiety. Subtle yet sobering symbolism exists in some of the collages. No spoiler alerts- if you look, you will find them. The cohesiveness of this series is apparent through the color intensity- like hyper realistic paintings. Over all, I really like this series. This magazine garnered 13 collages. However, in my estimate, two of them missed the mark.


The first one, the cool bearded man with his transporter rings juxtaposed against his side kick parrots puts this collage squarely in the cheesy category. The cool guy and his exotic parrots share some sort of commonality; hmmn, I wonder, what that could be? Although it's fun to mock, the collage is akin to a still life. Pretty to look at, but boring and static as a door knob. These thoughts and others tend to demonstrate what it means to miss the mark!


The second looser is none other than Kim Kardashian, the magazine's cover star! OMG! She really looks beautiful in Vogue. Although, I have to admit I didn't quite know what to do with her.  I was too intimidated to cut her up too much; afraid Kanye might come after me! She freaks me out. The best I could do was arrange her in the shape of a pretty flower. She like the collage itself is a cliché. The blossoming flower. What is going on with this collage? Nothing, that is why it misses the mark. Sorry Kim, being beautiful just isn't good enough. I tried, I cried.

Nevertheless, Vogue Remix rocks a cool 11, 000 dollars. (nhhh, not really)