A Cool-Hand Look at Capitalism
“My work reflects on our postindustrial consumer society,” says Josephine Meckseper. “It’s a window into our time, an archeology of the present.” To that end, the German-born artist examines the link between politics and capitalist culture—in videos, photographs, installations, and restagings of beauty ads. Where her slick vitrines filled with lacy lingerie and chrome car rims point to our fetishization of objects, the two life-size oil pumps that she built and in March installed near Times Square—“the epicenter of American entertainment propaganda,” as she puts it—suggest that we’re a society defined by our control of natural resources. Not surprisingly, Meckseper, 47, likewise views fashion as a mirror of a moment, rather than as a mode of self-expression. “Time is really the greatest stylist,” says the artist, whose next New York solo show opens at Andrea Rosen gallery in February 2013. Meckseper’s own minimalist look is composed mostly of dark jeans and sharp jackets given to her by designer friends like Cynthia Rowley and Johan Lindeberg. But she’d ideally like to sport something even more unassuming: “My father, who is also an artist, used to have blue factory suits custom-tailored to wear in the studio,” she says. “I wouldn’t mind a uniform for myself.”
Meckseper wears Burberry London satin jacket. Donna KaraN New York viscose blend bodysuit. Thom Browne new york silk cage skirt. Prabal Gurung gloves; Dolce & Gabbana briefs; Tom Ford pumps.
Feinstein and Meckseper hair by Ward at Bryan Bantry Agency. Set Design by Lou Asaro.
Manicures by Dawn Sterling fFor Dior Vernis at Starworks Artists. Photography Assistants: Xavier Muniz, Yvonne Allaway, Jun Ho Yang. Digital Technician: James Needham. Fashion Assistants: David Thompson And Kyla Weinman
Photography by Tom Munro
Styled by Patrick Mackie