Surfaces -a collaboration with Christian Astuguevieille and Michael James O’Brien on the skin of Zoltan Gerliczki

Dear Shaded Viewers,


Yesterday I passed by the studio of sculptor, painter, furniture designer and creative director of Comme des Garcons fragrances, Christian Astuguevieille, to document his new collaboration with Michael James O’Brien. Christian has been painting on surfaces for quite a while and for a bit he’s been wanting to try his art directly on the skin.


Yesterday was the first test and artist Zoltan Gerliczki offered up his skin.


Photographer and writer, Michael James O’Brien took the photographs of what appears to be the beginning of a long collaborative project. Christian wants to paint on a series of bodies. For ten years Michael James O’Brien documented all of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.

I am making a little video document of the process but in the meantime I took a few snapshots.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.