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Inside Out

No, no. Not that insanely catchy and seemingly nonsensical Eve 6 song that is a karaoke staple.

In early February, I cruised to the Gagosian Gallery‘s West 21st Street location. Upon walking in, I was visually slapped with the most ginormous sculpture aptly titled “Inside Out” and immediately was awestruck by how diminutive I seemed. The fact that I felt so small is particularly interesting, since I was towering in oversized, Pee-Wee Hermanesque platforms (making me about 6’3″). As I passed through the labyrinth’s twists and turns, a mild anxiousness overcame me as some corridors narrowed in dramatically. It was creating a reflexive sense of disorientation, as I was unaware of what was around the corner.

 Richard Serra Inside/Out

The wider, open spaces of the exhibit where there was more light provided much more comfort. Alone, I hugged the curves of this foreign territory without knowing my next move. 

Inside/Out Corridor

Leather trench & faux fur hat, vintage; Plaid duster, Free People; White denim pant, Kenneth Cole; Thermal, Abercrombie & Fitch; Scully shoes, Jeffrey Campbell; Leather Patchwork bag, Juicy Couture.

Gagosian Gallery Inside/Out

Although I just successfully teased you through the sublime coolness of this incredible piece by veteran American minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra, it unfortunately is no longer there (sorry!). You may view the installation experience in this interview with the artist here (“Inside Out” is at the 4:40 mark).

 I concluded that it was an amazing correlation to the twists and turns that are inevitable in real life navigation. Sometimes, the sense of knowing where you’re going is necessary and we rely on all types of gadgets and apps to get us to unknown destinations efficiently and smoothly. Though we are accustomed to the comforts of safety and routine, it’s a great sensory exercise to venture out, to get lost and to wander aimlessly through less known territories – to swallow my doubt, to turn it inside out. To find nothing but faith in nothing (even more sorry).

I obviously have digressed, as I love to do. And, I now have an overwhelming urge to do the Tequila dance.

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Pee-Wee Tequila Print

 

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Black and White and READ All Over

One day I woke up and said, “I want to make an insanely amazing dress out of shredded newspaper” and I did just that. It was a Christmas Eve a couple of years back and my father, with a mixed look of bewilderment, disgust and amusement, asked me what the hell I was doing. I toiled away into the night, making this couture craft concoction with hot glue and a lot of patience. The final texture was exactly what I was looking for: fluffy yet structured, crunchy yet soft, simple yet detailed. As my dad contemplated where the hell he went wrong in my upbringing as he stared into the paper catastrophe strewn across the living room floor, I reassured him with

“Don’t worry! I will get MARRIED in this dress!”

Shredded Newspaper Close-up

 

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Seated Color Pop

Dress, belt and headpiece, Olga’s own; Red suede booties, Dolce Vita via Marshalls

This color palette, reminiscent of the old “what’s black and white and READ all over” adage, definitely spewed into my wardrobe ethos. I executed the same mixology, peppered it with practicality but didn’t lose my eccentricity. 

Face Down BW plaid

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Outfit BW Plaid

Ankle shoes BW plaid

Hat, Diane Von Furstenberg via Woodbury Commons; Faux fur coat, Zara; Fur pins, found in the Garment District NYC; Plaid Jacket, BCBG Generation; Belt, The Limited; Plaid pants, Express; Grey suede heels, Mark & James by Badgley Mishka via TJ Maxx

So, these are the adventurous tales of Olga Turka. As I passionately meander about this world and through its beautiful chaos, I realize more and more that I have an insatiable thirst to learn, to discover new places and faces and to collect one-of-a-kind treasures along the way. My daily travels and interactions inspire my limitless imagination. I grow restless rather easily, and while donning a suit of vintage armor, and with laughter and bright lipstick as my preferred weapons in tow, I strive to battle mediocrity and see the beauty in everything. 

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Photography/Bad Ass Motherf*cker: Patrick Eves

Hair/Makeup/MILF : Angelique Londino

PS. A red, spray painted version of this dress can be seen here worn by the gorgeous rockstar Kimberly Freeman in One-Eyed Doll’s music video, “Committed”:

 

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