The last two Tokion covers have been two of my favorite girls who just so happen to look like they could have come from the same womb. Too good not to post. Can't wait to check out the rest of the Aurel issue, and I've already checked out the Chloe issue (a tad underwhelming, but great interview with Chloe). As self-proclaimed #1 fangirl, I would like nominate Chloe and Aurel to SHUT IT DOWN with some kind of collaboration... Someone please make it happen. Please?
She may well be entering "it girl" territory, but Aurel Schmidt isn't just talented-by-association. She is a genius artist first; the wacky downtown NY sense of style & ascent to indie darling are just icing on a delish cake. She has serious talent, the permanent kind, the kind worth framing - things that I'd actually pay money for. From her signature black frames and cow-licked hair, to her unabashed honesty, to the profanity and humor in her artwork - I love this girl.
Once I'm in a position to buy art, Aurel's pieces will be among the firsts I'm after. My Grandmother's definitely going to hate it, and my neighbors might not want to come over for dinner, but I like my art to talk, not just sit there and look pretty (though that has a time and place to). Aurel's amazingly detailed, beautifully executed pieces are grotesque (maybe), honest (definitely), and fantastic conversation starters.