The Museum of Contemporary Art is showing California Song until Jan. 22. It’s the first West coast solo exhibition from Slimane, a fashion industry veteran (he transformed Dior menswear into skinny, rock-chic suits desired by both men and women).
Slimane’s stylized black-and-white portraits pay a romantic homage to the free spirits that inhabit Southern California’s youth culture—the artists, the musicians, the surfers and the pretty young things with tousled hair—captured in Los Angeles urban settings.
The exhibit’s soundtrack is by the L.A. band No Age. The first floor is filled with plywood boxes filled with pictures and mirrors. The top floor holds a gigantic light cube with images that change every few minutes.
Slimane’s work is fun, wistful and reminiscent of a fashion magazine transformed into black and whites. They’re also an ode to the creative and freewheeling lifestyle that only perfect weather combined with beaches and urban sprawl can produce.