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Lyle XOX

Lyle XOX

Lyle XOX

Our consumerist culture is filled with superfluous objects, many of which are passed the point of use. For Lyle XOX, these discarded objects are more than their materials—they are filled with artistic possibility. The Vancouver-based artist has developed a practice that combines his experience in art, fashion, design and make-up artistry to create striking images using his own body as canvas and plinth. Surrounding himself with found objects, Lyle XOX creates facial sculptures and adornments to design fictional characters that defy gender, cultural and beauty norms. Each photographed portrait is a study in contrast and fantasy, with humour and irony woven throughout.

The work of Lyle XOX immediately resonates in our social media-soaked society, which prioritizes the connection between images of one’s face with social identity. His photographs challenge notions of masculinity and femininity, embracing a spirit of duality and joie de vive. At the same time, the bold gaze of his characters directly confronts viewers with objects relating to their own carbon footprint—the detritus of capitalism. Through a surrealist lens, the objects and their inherent histories provoke thought around the relationship between mundane things, high fashion and consumerism.

 

After growing up in a small town of less than 200 people in rural Saskatchewan, Lyle relocated to Vancouver BC, attended Blanche MacDonald Centre for Applied Design, and worked for MAC Cosmetics for over fifteen years. Once Lyle decided to focus solely on his artistic practice, his career skyrocketed. In 2019, he was named as one of the Vogue World 100 (the top 100 people selected by Vogue Magazine for pushing boundaries of art, beauty and style, released his book Lyle XOX: Head of Design published by Rizzolo in New York, and was hosted by both the Dutch fashion house Viktor&Rolf and Cirque du Soleil to witness his process. CBC produced a full-length documentary Random is my Favourite Colour released in July, and three months later his book won an award for photography. Lyle’s Instagram following increased 300%, and nears 150K.

2020 has begun with Lyle XOX featured in an eight-page spread of the March Issue of the international V Magazine. In addition, Lyle collaborated with renowned musician and performer FKA Twigs, is covered in the Spring issue of Montecristo Magazine, and is working on a campaign with the prestigious South Korean eyewear brand, Gentle Monster.



Artist Information

For Lyle, art has always been at the core of his being. Some of his initial memories of life are associated with some medium of art. Falling asleep with crayons in his hand (with photo documentation from his Mother to substantiate) to creating full productions with props and costume changes; all before embarking on elementary school. Life and Art have, and always will be one in the same; both exist in a symbiotic relationship with one another. Lyle Reimer’s life began in Wymark, Saskatchewan a small rural town with less than 200 people. Reimer soon came to the realization that thinking outside the proverbial box was not only necessary but critical to survival. Being raised as the youngest of four, these “survival skills” were handed down primarily from his mother. She nurtured these artistic skills and encouraged Reimer to create something from nothing. She highlighted recycling long before it was fashionable; television was not part of the home environment; books, coloring pencils and fort building in the great outdoors were the assets of childhood. When those around him spent time playing Hockey and working on the farm with heavy machinery, Lyle spent his time playing dress up, learning to ride the unicycle, and creating an endless array of pieces of art to decorate most of the home’s surfaces. After Graduating High school, Lyle began to carve out a path that would include travel. Creating large scale commissioned murals was his first foray into art for monetary value and allowed him to begin to see other parts of the country. International travel was high on the priority list, and so enrolling in a live/work exchange program in Cuba was added to that list. It was there that he started to see life in the bigger picture and realized that art would be integral to his career path. Through creating artistic projects with little to no supplies at the Culture house in rural Cuba, he was able to access the core values that were given early on in life: making something from nothing. Upon coming home to Canada, Reimer began seeking out possible careers in artistic fields that would complement his love for art, fashion and design. It was during that search that the love of the art of Makeup was reignited. An aunt who lead a very international, culturally diverse life presented makeup to him as a young boy, and served as inspiration to begin schooling in the field. Packing up and moving to Vancouver, Canada was the next step in the journey to gain education and experience in a more metropolitan environment. Lyle worked in fashion retail while going to Applied Design School allowing room for both his love of clothes and style as well as painting on living canvases. He began working with local photographers, dance companies and hair salons doing makeup and styling to create a portfolio. Shortly after graduation Lyle began a career in Makeup with M.A.C Cosmetics and spent sixteen years honing his craft and building loyal clientele there. The world of social media came into Lyle’s life and with the aid of Instagram, his mixed media self portraits accessed a whole new market. Within two years of joining the social media platform, a gaining of celebrity followers and personal industry idols took place. With the onset of media attention around the globe, magazine editors and photographers began to contact and book Lyle for work. Luxury fashion label, Gucci contacted him personally and invited him to be a part of the very first Guccigram project which gained world wide notoriety. Bea Akerlund, longtime stylist of Madonna and Beyonce, reached out to Lyle to be a part of a collaborative children’s book showcasing international celebrities, fashion designers, pop stars and artists. Lyle has been published in publications around the world including New York Times, Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, V, Paper Magazine, SURFACE, Models.com, GQ China, CANDY Magazine, TUSH Magazine, CR Fashion Book, iD, and countless international blogs and fashion forums request interviews regularly. In February, 2019 Condé Nast/ Vogue named Lyle in the top 100 creative voices around the world; pushing the boundaries of art and fashion. Most recently Rizzoli published a book of Lyle’s work, “Lyle XOX Head of Design”. Art direction by Fabien Baron and foreword written by dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf. The book was recently awarded an international photography award under the category of photography books about people. Legendary New York retailer Bergdorf Goodman commissioned Lyle to create 2 window displays in celebration of the book, with Linda Fargo hosting a book signing. A documentary was created about Lyle and his work, “Random is My Favorite Color”, and was released in August of 2019.

For Lyle, art has always been at the core of his being. Some of his initial memories of life are associated with some medium of art. Falling asleep with crayons in his hand (with photo documentation from his Mother to substantiate) to creating full productions with props and costume changes; all before embarking on elementary school. Life and Art have, and always will be one in the same; both exist in a symbiotic relationship with one another. Lyle Reimer’s life began in Wymark, Saskatchewan a small rural town with less than 200 people. Reimer soon came to the realization that thinking outside the proverbial box was not only necessary but critical to survival. Being raised as the youngest of four, these “survival skills” were handed down primarily from his mother. She nurtured these artistic skills and encouraged Reimer to create something from nothing. She highlighted recycling long before it was fashionable; television was not part of the home environment; books, coloring pencils and fort building in the great outdoors were the assets of childhood. When those around him spent time playing Hockey and working on the farm with heavy machinery, Lyle spent his time playing dress up, learning to ride the unicycle, and creating an endless array of pieces of art to decorate most of the home’s surfaces. After Graduating High school, Lyle began to carve out a path that would include travel. Creating large scale commissioned murals was his first foray into art for monetary value and allowed him to begin to see other parts of the country. International travel was high on the priority list, and so enrolling in a live/work exchange program in Cuba was added to that list. It was there that he started to see life in the bigger picture and realized that art would be integral to his career path. Through creating artistic projects with little to no supplies at the Culture house in rural Cuba, he was able to access the core values that were given early on in life: making something from nothing. Upon coming home to Canada, Reimer began seeking out possible careers in artistic fields that would complement his love for art, fashion and design. It was during that search that the love of the art of Makeup was reignited. An aunt who lead a very international, culturally diverse life presented makeup to him as a young boy, and served as inspiration to begin schooling in the field. Packing up and moving to Vancouver, Canada was the next step in the journey to gain education and experience in a more metropolitan environment. Lyle worked in fashion retail while going to Applied Design School allowing room for both his love of clothes and style as well as painting on living canvases. He began working with local photographers, dance companies and hair salons doing makeup and styling to create a portfolio. Shortly after graduation Lyle began a career in Makeup with M.A.C Cosmetics and spent sixteen years honing his craft and building loyal clientele there. The world of social media came into Lyle’s life and with the aid of Instagram, his mixed media self portraits accessed a whole new market. Within two years of joining the social media platform, a gaining of celebrity followers and personal industry idols took place. With the onset of media attention around the globe, magazine editors and photographers began to contact and book Lyle for work. Luxury fashion label, Gucci contacted him personally and invited him to be a part of the very first Guccigram project which gained world wide notoriety. Bea Akerlund, longtime stylist of Madonna and Beyonce, reached out to Lyle to be a part of a collaborative children’s book showcasing international celebrities, fashion designers, pop stars and artists. Lyle has been published in publications around the world including New York Times, Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, V, Paper Magazine, SURFACE, Models.com, GQ China, CANDY Magazine, TUSH Magazine, CR Fashion Book, iD, and countless international blogs and fashion forums request interviews regularly. In February, 2019 Condé Nast/ Vogue named Lyle in the top 100 creative voices around the world; pushing the boundaries of art and fashion. Most recently Rizzoli published a book of Lyle’s work, “Lyle XOX Head of Design”. Art direction by Fabien Baron and foreword written by dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf. The book was recently awarded an international photography award under the category of photography books about people. Legendary New York retailer Bergdorf Goodman commissioned Lyle to create 2 window displays in celebration of the book, with Linda Fargo hosting a book signing. A documentary was created about Lyle and his work, “Random is My Favorite Color”, and was released in August of 2019.

LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN

By Lyle Reimer

Foreword by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren 

Designed by Fabien Baron

Hardcover / 9.33” x 12.75” / 144 pages / 125 color photographs

$50.00 U.S. / ISBN: 978-0-8478-6377-8 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: April 2019

 

Makeup and mixed media artist Lyle Reimer creates wildly inventive self-portraits by embellishing his own face in elaborate collages that bring a new otherworldly persona to life each day in front of the camera. In LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN Reimer has gathered together a collection of his favorite portraits in a debut book designed by the renowned art director Fabien Baron. 

 

Always pushing the boundaries of beauty, Reimer explores a multiplicity of characters à la Cindy Sherman, combined with the subversive edge of performance artist Leigh Bowery, and each portrait in the book is accompanied by witty and cryptic mini-backstories for each character, written in Reimer’s own hand.

 

Reimer’s love of makeup, fashion, creation, and storytelling is evident in his Instagram posts—avidly followed by over 150,000 fans of his fantastic characters. His inspiration comes from the most quotidian found and recycled objects—from feathers, bungee cords, espresso pods, detergent jugs, bleached turkey bones, and lace, to toy soldiers, burnt matchsticks, and deconstructed designer shopping bags—to create complex and ephemeral mixed-media art based on the planes and structure of his own physiognomy. 

 

A one-of-a-kind body of work, LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN celebrates the ever-changing nature of a creative individual’s self-expression. As Reimer himself states, “Every day is an exercise in experimental play which follows the creative urge to push my own personal view of beauty.” At the very least, the reader will never again look at the kitchen junk drawer and the recycling bin the same way.

 

About the Author: Vancouver-based Canadian makeup and mixed media artist Lyle Reimer has collaborated with design houses including Gucci and Moschino, and brands like Pepsi, and he travels around the world giving talks and workshops inspiring others to live and work with no creative limits. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Surface, and GQ China, TUSH, I-d . Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the founding Dutch design duo of the avant-garde luxury fashion house Viktor & Rolf.

 

Credit for the book must read: LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN by Lyle Reimer © Rizzoli New York, 2019. No images may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher and are to be credited on a case-by-case basis. For information, please contact Pam Sommers at (212) 387-3465 or [email protected]

 

LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN

By Lyle Reimer

Foreword by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren 

Designed by Fabien Baron

Hardcover / 9.33” x 12.75” / 144 pages / 125 color photographs 

$50.00 U.S. /$67.50 Canadian / £35.00 U.K.

ISBN: 978-0-8478-6377-8 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: April 2019


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Multiplex

Multiplex

David Burdeny

Multiplex

Saturday, July 18th - Sunday, August 16th

Opening date: Saturday, July 18th, 2-5pm with artist in attendance

“multiplex: consisting of many elements in a complex relationship” is the apt description of our newly created exhibition. As followers of David Burdeny’s career (and Instagram postings) may have noticed, his travels to Japan, Kenya, China and elsewhere have been postponed, which has resulted in the artist having to halt finishing some projects for now. However, with loads of studio time at hand, Burdeny has dived into his slew of archived images and completed final production touches of several unreleased photographs.

Multiplex presents a mix of new works and never revealed images from several photographic series, including SALT, Cuba, Kenya, Saudade and Oceans. Softly lighted Egyptian pyramids, colorful Hong Kong city scenes, romantic fall leaves in Paris, a newly released panoramic NETS, and stunning black and white portraits of African animals are among the variety offered in this artist’s selection.

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1070 Homer Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2W9, Canada

T. 604.737.3969
E. [email protected]