Much of the art world revolves around questions of value—and not just appraisals and price tags. What we’re asking these days is: What’s worth our time, energy, attention, and yes, money?
What is the math you do to determine the meaning and value of something? What motivates you? What enriches your life? In this new series, we’re asking about the personal opinions of individuals from the art world and beyond.
A few years ago, Detroit-born, New York-based artist Carly Marks started a side project combining fashion and fine art. Since then, a full-fledged, sustainability-minded ready-to-wear brand – dolls and toys, named after Mark’s beloved hunting chihuahua terrier, has also shaken up the fashion industry (literally and figuratively) with toys.
For him, Mark designs sculptural clothes from dead stock fabrics and accessories with a sense of humor, inspired by some of her favorite things. Often, those are food items: think of cocktail dresses as teacups; Mary Janes on strands that look like Swiss cheese; Decorate handbags with faux bananas, chocolate-chip cookies, fried eggs and bagels.
“I like a little lowbrow-highbrow,” she once told Kate. “I wanted to design a Wisconsin cheese hat, but it was in beeswax and beautifully sculpted. Because why not?”
There is also a golden tin bag, because ’tis the season. Before the festivities officially begin, the artist and designer—who was named CFDA’s 2022 American Designer of the Year—took a moment for our review questionnaire.
What was the last thing you sprayed?
HR Giger’s silk screen from Lomax Gallery: Biomechanoid (Biomechanoid Portfolio, 2), 1969. I love everything Giger; I am big A foreigner A fan has contributed a lot.
What are you saving?
Holidays in Japan. I always feel so full and inspired when I go there.
What would you buy if you had $100?
Dinner at Shake Shack for my friends. They have gluten free burger buns – a must for me.
What makes you feel like a million bucks?
Staying up all night and going to the gym.
What do you think is your greatest asset?
What do you value most in a work of art?
Who is an artist that deserves everyone’s attention?
Janiva Ellis. Her work is very powerful. Standing in front of it feels amazing.
Who is the artist who hasn’t got his rights yet?
Lisa Frank. I have a lot of nostalgia associated with her work. At school I took her folders and collected her stickers.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in the art world?
Go to open spaces. I really like to see the work, which is impossible to do in the opening.
What is your most prized possession?
My dog toy. He is a hunting chihuahua terrier. I think it’s about seven now. We sleep together in a dog pile every night.
What was your best investment?
My brand name.
What does a little mean the world to you?
LY text from a friend.
What is the incentive not worth?
What do you believe is a worthy cause?
Self-care: Therapy, Pilates, and plenty of sleep.
What do you wish for?
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