For his latest artistic collaboration, wunderkind director Luke Gilford has teamed up with performance art radical and muse, boychild, showcasing the boundary-breaking mix of fashion and art for which the two have respectively become known. Filmed over a 24-hour period, the video short set in Los Angeles features an original score by Physical Therapy, offering a glimpse of boychild that is as equally sultry as it is stupefying. Highlights include the artist preening before a ranch-style home, her face wincingly crisscrossed by fish wire, while in another – with a twisted nod to Japanese Kabuki kesho make-up – she wanders through an overgrown field, her body painted powder blue, flashing a blood-red toothed grin.
In this year alone, boychild, who is currently on tour with gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanko, has walked in Shayne Oliver’s much-hyped Hood By Air A/W13 collection, appeared in the works of art-world darling Ryan Trecartin, and posed for Saint Laurent impresario Hedi Slimane. Not bad for someone who made their debut on the San Francisco drag circuit all but two years ago. Meanwhile, Gilford has steadily made a name for himself drawing together the worlds of fashion, art, and music with dazzling results. Most recently, he collaborated with Jane Fonda and Jake Shears on a short film, “The Future of Flesh,” for Prada’s S/S14 collection. In it, Shears’ edgy synth beats accompany Fonda’s Delphic proclamations, while models in latex bodysuits and Prada couture strut about looking like well-heeled extras from Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In. Other Gilford collaborations include a short featuring David Lynch for Dom Perignon, and the A/W13 film for menswear designer Patrick Ervell, featuring a soundtrack by How To Dress Well, in what one New York Times’ writer referred to as a “Sci-Fi Moment in the Northern California Redwoods.”
The teaming of Gilford with boychild for the above video represents the most recent collaborative iteration between the two, with the first surfacing in a June spread Gilford shot for Dazed & Confused featuring the artist. Let’s hope there’s more to come.