ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
ARTIST NATE LOWMAN CRAFTS ONE OF A KIND PAIRS OF HIS FAVORITE SHOE, THE CHUCK TAYLOR, AND JOE PYTKA MAKES A SHORT FILM AS PART THE COLLABORATION, PRESENTED BY JUST ONE EYE
You know what Chuck Taylors are—the shoes that got you through your awkward years because, no matter how obvious they are, they’re never a bad choice—and you probably know who Nate Lowman is—besides his past association with a twin mogul (let’s not talk about it, since, even though that was years ago, it’s still the first of the Google images that pops up after his name is searched), he’s best known for his artwork, which unlike the rumor mill, takes a sophisticated eye to digest. He combines pop culture references (symbolic graffiti, newspaper clippings, pizza, car air fresheners) with high art checkpoints to offer the viewer a complex if not subtle take on the blown up proportions of the commercialism now complicit in memory.
Lowman tends to reflect on the idea of nostalgia, rearranging it in order to provoke. And this is why his collaboration with Converse makes perfect sense. You know what Just One Eye is? Right: the site responsible for so many high fashion-meets-high art collaborations, its reputation is that of a luxury fusion brand more than an ecommerce site. Anyway, here is where you’ll find the limited edition Nate Lowman x Converse sneakers, made from deconstructed original works by the painter and lined with calf leather. We’re told that each of the two canvases he used for this project depicted a copy of Willem de Kooning’s 1954 portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Only 21 pairs are available.
Now, you know who Joe Pytka is, too: yes, yes, the multi-award winning director of such classics as the “this is your brain on drugs” PSA, the commercials that the movie Space Jam was based on, and several music videos for Michael Jackson and The Beatles. When he heard about this classic shoe-meets-member of the avant-garde pairing, Pytka decided to make a short film about it. And, to make a long story long, we’re premiering one of a few teasers for it here today on VMAN.com. Look for the full film after its Paris premiere on October 25th at JustOneEye.com/Lowman.