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Friday, 21.02.2020

NEW ARRIVALS: PAUL HARNDEN SHOEMAKERS


Paul Harnden, a self–described alchemist, is a dedicated master of threads, weaves and construction. His extraordinary, imaginative skill produces pieces from another world, a world otherwise lost, a world otherwise undiscovered. Having started as a shoemaker over 30 years ago, Harnden’s passion for traditional, handcrafted techniques is evident throughout his collections. Whimsical yet tough, his works of art attract zealous devotees. Available in only a handful of stores worldwide, alongside his unsurpassed craftsmanship, Harnden’s Holy Grail status is fixed.

The long awaited Spring/Summer 2020 collection has arrived including a speciality piece featuring the shibboleth "NON VIOLENT EXTREMIST."


NOW AVAILABLE AT SONG

Friday, 14.02.2020

New Exhibition: "Such Wet Eyes" - Francis Ruyter

Such Wet Eyes

Francis Ruyter

14.2.20 – 14.3.20

 

Francis Ruyter works with the topic of pictures and the process of looking at them. He recently began using watercolours in order to work through ideas and images quickly which carry different relationships to light than his other works. In this presentation he uses photos of the location itself, including the shop’s Instagram feed as source material to develop a series of pictures that waver between various modes of recognition. 

 

When we look at things we run very quickly through a number of quick identifying questions. Do I know this? Have I seen this before? Is this relevant to me? Do I want this? We scan quickly and if information checks out, we might take a closer look. Colour tends to reach us faster than other information, and the kind of light with which that colour is delivered to us can alter our understanding of what we see. 

 

With technologies, come more tools to find what it is we are looking for or where we might fit in. It might not be clear why something is making us look, but something we have noticed elsewhere is making us pay attention now. In all of these processes, we might have more in common with machines than we realize. Marketing of course is built upon this, but at the same time we think of our personal choices being very individual and in fact deeply linked to our identity. How do we keep people interested in seeing with their human eyes and not their machine vision?

 

Francis Ruyter is an American artist who lives and works in Vienna.  

 

Wednesday, 08.01.2020

JANUARY 2020 SALE

BEGINS 11-01-2020!

Thursday, 05.12.2019

NEW DESIGNER: John Alexander Skelton

John Alexander Skelton is a recent graduate from the

prestigious MA Course at Central Saint Martins, where

his revered collection took the prize during London

Fashion week. Skelton’s work stems from an extensive

interest in the socio-political and the effect it has on

fashion and culture within specific contexts and an

obsession with the concept of class, past and

present.

His recent collections have been inspired by themes

as diverse as the cotton trade between India and

Britain in the 1930s to traditional British 19th - century

folk theatre and medieval pagan rituals. His tailoring

evokes deconstructed versions of 19th - century

menswear such as voluminous frock coats and highwaisted

trousers.

An underlying and paramount facet to John Alexander

Skelton’s work is sustainability. Using repurposed

cloth from existing clothing, utilising recycled fabrics

such as antique bed sheets and old grain sacks, often

found in markets, weaving wools from British fleece,

knitting yarn from rare breeds of British sheep and

naturally dyed and naturally finished materials. He

customises these materials through hand-dying, overwashing,

painting and patching to create garments

inspired by his research into the past, traditional

craft, heritage, politics and a step towards an entirely

autonomously made collection.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfFz941Boz8

Tuesday, 03.12.2019

HORISAKI goes to Vienna

Song is delighted to announce a presentation
from bespoke hat makers, 
Horisaki Design & Handel.

Please come and meet the designer duo
and have a drink with us!

Tuesday 3rd December, 17h - 20h
 

 

Located in the heart of the Swedish countryside, Horisaki Design & Handel create world renown and timeless artisanal hats, meant to be worn and tell the story of the wearer. Run by Makoto and Karin Horisaki, their namesake creations are produced directly in their home and farm.
The peaceful, yet wild, nature that surrounds them is the main source of inspiration for their unique designs, along with the mentalities and lost methods of past cultures. The duo has reinvented and introduced their design and production values into an expansive line of hats.
The love and respect for craftsmanship and manual labour is reflected in each of their headpieces and garments, which combine their Japanese- Swedish roots and traditional techniques. Makoto, originally a jewellery designer, first came to Sweden from Japan when he was 13, while Karin trained as a milliner in Gothenburg, later creating hats for Sweden’s royal family. After meeting in Stockholm, the two soon began to collaborate and develop the Horisaki design studio.

The hats and garments are all handmade, honoring the traditions of the trade, and exclusively from the finest materials. Opting for antiquated and laborious processes, the uncompromising old fashioned methods employed, take weeks in order to create a hat, with each stage carefully and patiently passing through their fingers.
Friday, 15.11.2019

FLASH SALE

30% OFF SELECTED ITEMS

 

19.11.19 - 2.12.19

New brand of beautiful knitwear

Thursday, 24.10.2019

NEW BRAND: Leorosa

SONG is excited to announce to arrival of the new brand Leorosa.

Leorosa was founded in 2019 by Paolina Leccese and Julian Taffel with the intention to create a renewed type of heritage brand with knitwear as the core product and the belief that quality should never be compromised. All of the pieces are made with love in Italy using Italian wool and cashmere yarns. The designers favour bold colours and classic silhouettes when designing what they consider a 'modern essential item'. While the product is inspired by traditional essentials, the always add a contemporary lens to what we design and for the aesthetic to be ageless. The goal is to make clothes that can be worn and passed down through generations.

 

Julian and Paolina met in 2013 while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York. Julian is Japanese-American and was born and raised in New York, where he lives. Paolina is German-Italian, born in Cologne, and currently based between Milan and Cologne. the name of the brand is a portmanteau of their middle names, Leo and Rosa.

Friday, 11.10.2019

New Exhibition: It's Not a Finger - Michele Bubacco

The series entitled “Prova d’Orchestra”, painted on 33s record covers, developed during a recent journey of the artist in Palermo. 

Strolling around the typical Palermitan local markets, as a kind of propitiatory walk before work in his atelier, Bubacco casually chances upon old LPs - which are cheap there and in great abundance. He is struck by the images portrayed on them, often photographic and figurative, and often based on the clichés of the style and period in which the album was made. 

Using these images as a starting point for his research, the artist saves some fragments, using them as a linchpin to redirect the painting outcome to an imaginative improvisation, still figurative, but throwing off the balance to new improbable associations and meanings. 

Through his intervention, Bubacco succeeds in combining a variety of images from very different epochs, styles and geographical origins, creating an unexpected form of continuity, an odd allegory of the human condition. 

In the way in which different cultures find a form of rowdy harmony in the Palermitan markets and squares, this series of works becomes the development of a representational score for an improbable prova d’orchestra.

Friday, 06.09.2019

New Exhibition at SONG SONG: Philip Emde

.Cause there’s Beauty in the Breakdown..

Philip Emde

(sent on 14/08/19 at 20:20)

… i visited only once Vienna before … it was February … cold very cold and I got a little bit lost … visited the narrenturm … Egon Schiele … the things he made with his hands … it was kind of morbid but although nice in a way … there was beauty behind …

 

Philip tells me that Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’, ca. 1817, is an important work to him. Friedrich placed in the middle of the canvas the image of a dignified man, his back turned to us, atop a cliff. Our subject gazes out at a vast and unknowable territory obscured from view by a thick, low fog. He himself is just as unknowable, as an observer we are invited to project onto him what we image ourselves to see or feel in his place - object and subject become one.

 

Let us set the current scene: lining the wall are works with silent, stuffed, and motionless observers. These monkeys perch in front of murky surfaces. What do we see in them?

 

As with us human art-goers, the stuffed chimpanzees of Emde’s imagination react differently to the works, some observing introspectively, some wistfully gazing whilst perched with a lover, some elated, some turned away in mock disgust. A kind of ‘Singerie’ springs to mind, a tradition of depicting monkeys imitating human behaviours such as playing cards or painting, which as a form of mild satire of society grew in prominence within the canvases of great Flemish and French painters of the 16th to 18th centuries.

 

Along one side of the room they contemplate foggy silver surfaces, somewhere between foil and mirror. Emde’s monkeys imitate the various viewings of serious art with a cheeky wink and a light nudge. Innocent toys composed in this way could evoke Narcissus finding himself in every reflection, lost in a very personal abyss. Contemplation of the self and contemplation of art can be a sticky business, and hard to pry apart.

 

The playfulness of Emde’s works cover territory as vast and deep as Friedrich’s fog. His tools are the company Steiff’s cheerful tokens of childhood; anyone who grew up in the German-speaking world will be familiar with these iconic animals, all branded with the emblematic ‘Knopf im Ohr’ and yellow ear tag. His large collection of used and unused Steiff animals, found predominantly on eBay, make up a wondrous overflowing studio, a cave of stuffed wonders he has dubbed EmdiLand.

 

It is in this studio that the tumbling colourful totem pole of stuffed friends is birthed, and children’s toys are his perfect tool. It becomes apparent whilst thinking about the works that children are in fact natural collectors. They do so before they can attribute their collections to any rhyme or reason, are inclined to collect marbles, stones, stickers, and especially lifeless companions.

 

In this way Emde also turns the act of collecting on its head, the collecting of stuffed animals such as Beanie Babies and other branded toys being auctioned off on the web holds a certain 90s nostalgia, of a time before such online bubbles were burst. In today’s art context the collector is the ultimate critical observer.

 

Questioning the lens through which we see and are moved by works as a collectible representation of the human experience, Emde breaks down the elements of artful seeing with colour and humour.

 

Philip Emde lives and works in Cologne and Neustadt Weinstrasse. This will be the first time his work is shown in Vienna.

Friday, 16.08.2019

NEW ARRIVALS: DIRK VAN SAENE

DIRK VAN SAENE AW19 COLLECTION NOW AT SONG

Wednesday, 10.07.2019

New Arrivals: Stephen Venezia

Autumn/Winter 2019

 

NOW AVAILABLE AT SONG