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Steve Howey

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SPENCER SWEENEY There's no easy way to define Spencer Sweeney, who is at once a visual artist, a musician, a disc jockey, a club-owner, and was a key player in New York's art scene throughout the 1990s. His many personas come out in his artworks, which have little regard for consistency — only for continual movement, contradiction, and aesthetic revolution. For his visionary line of limited-edition Lady Dior bags, Sweeney has created two small bags, one medium bag, and one large bag. All with entirely unique designs: faces, handprints, and a gigantic leering eye are their clearest artistic characteristics. Sweeney's bags feel distinctly "unmade" so that the owner feels like a part of the artistic process. On the small bags, for instance, one can see the brush strokes and feel the raised pigments. On the largest of Sweeney's re-imagined bags, the handles appear to meld with the bag itself — colorful, graffiti-like imagery mixing between band and handle — as if extending to the bag's holder. All of the bags are hand-embroidered, and each have the artist's signature hidden throughout.

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