Pushing beyond the boundaries of optimism, Matthew Stone believes that love is the reason for living and that life is art in motion.
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Exhibiting his latest body of work ‘Everything is Possible’, our Just Kids Issue cover photographer and art shaman, Matthew Stone presents a new manifesto at London’s La Scatola Gallery. Celebrating new ways of being, focused on both feeling and philosophising, the former !WOWOW! collective frontman challenges the ideology of craft versus creativity with a bold new mission statement. Inspired by a heady evening spent discussing the meaning of life with his friends, the half-shaved shaman communicates the dialogue, deconstructing the relevance of kindness in today’s seemingly cruel and nihilistic social climate. “For a sublime moment an eye had blinked open in the perfect storm. We were provided with a moment of respite, clarity and peace. We understood that we need not reject rebellion or the questioning of truth to embrace, optimism, love and kindness. I declared kindness to be the only radical act in a world largely defined by cruelty and destruction.” Depicting his theories with a series of images presented in i-D’s Pre-Fall, The Just Kids Issue, @artshaman collaborates with soul mate and stylist Matthew Josephs, to capture the essence of his thought processes. Featuring his current muse Twigs, the practically un-Googlable dreamy, female electronic artist who is blowing up right now, decorated by a kaleidoscope of dancing, cherub-like angels in motion, each image on display at the exhibition communicates a movement, a feeling of new growth fronted by tomorrow’s children. i-D online payed witness to the opening night of this latest, ambitious show on Thursday. Open your mind, see who is taking part in our future.
Everything is Possible is open at La Scatola Gallery until the 5th of October 2012. Further information here.
Text: Milly McMahon
Photography: From left. Images 1 – 9: Mr Wize and Shanina Bryce. Images 10 and 11: Alexis Ahn, courtesy of La Scatola Gallery.
Pictured. From left: Carri Cassette Playa; Princess Julia; The Just Kids Issue in wood; Matthew Stone and Mr Wize; Bishi; chap in a cap; Marke Moore and friend; Zebra Katz; Makda Iyasu and friend; Reba Maybury and friend.
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