The conception of art can take shape in many forms—the creation of pop art, assemblage, mixed media and even graffiti have left a lasting impression, ingrained in the minds of old and young artists who seek to keep pushing the momentum of art forward. The artists that first forged these paths of unique expressionism have left a lasting impact, creating a surge of progressive artists today that are learning to break free from the confines of what we perceive to be art.
The birth of the digital era has created a phantasmic explosion of art that could only be produced with the modern marvels and technologies that exist today. Patrick Keohane, the young artist behind his strikingly magnetic fashion collages has caused a widespread frenzy on the social media platform, Instagram. Through this media channel, Keohane houses his works of arts—on his Instagram handle, @Revolving Style—where he assembles collages of fashion-forward images with clippings of backgrounds—or odds and ends—he keeps stashed in a bin. Keohane has fostered his love for fashion, pop culture and art by combining these components for surrealist collages, taking the age of Instagram to new heights.
Read Patrick Keohane’s interview and delve into the mind of an Instagram artist.
SPEARR: Your fashion collages are truly one of a kind and take on a life of their own. How did you get started and what inspired you to start creating these unique collages?
Patrick Keohane: Thank you, I had a composition project in an art class I took last year [in college] that required us to collage something, so I chose a lot of images from Vogue and created this obnoxious piece for class that everyone loved. I thought it would be interesting to continue doing “Fashion Art” but on an Instagram account that I could tag and share with brands.
SPEARR: What is your process like for creating each collage?
Patrick Keohane: Lately, I’ve been sourcing almost all of the main images from lookbooks and editorials online. I then print them—usually at CVS—and I begin to pair them with images and backgrounds I have stacked in bins in my workspace. It’s usually [what visually works]; I don’t like to think about it too much.
SPEARR: Explain your background. Did you study fashion or attend art school?
Patrick Keohane: I did neither. I went to a community college and struggled until I got into University of California, Riverside to finish my education [where I received a] Bachelor’s Degree in Art History.
SPEARR: How did you discover you had a love for fashion?
Patrick Keohane: I remember buying the 2005 Orlando Bloom GQ [issue] and being so interested in the styling of the shoot—to this day I’m still obsessed with it. I went to a private school so I [found new] ways you could style a uniform without breaking the rules. I was also into celebrity, pop culture and their editorials and street style [looks] drew me into fashion. From there, I started buying Vogue and would look at collections on Style.com [as well as] editorials online.
SPEARR: Your Instagram features a heavy dose of off-the-cuff editorials and contemporary designers. When creating a collage, how do you decide what images to use and where do you source them?
Patrick Keohane: I’m always kind of snooping around to see what’s up and see what I can do that’s different. I love when brands create their own lookbooks because you can gain a better sense of their aesthetic beyond a traditional runway image, which is so incredibly boring [and why] I’ve been using more lookbook imagery recently. Generally the clothes, the model, the pose has to be interesting and mostly unobstructed for me to use the image, because I need enough room to inject my vision as well.
SPEARR: How do you decide on the final composition you ultimately want to use?
Patrick Keohane: I take different shots with the square photo feature on the iPhone camera—because it’s formatted perfectly I can see if the composition is going to work. I usually post [my collages] on a private account to see what they end up looking like and from there I will decide [to use it or not].
SPEARR: What artists have influenced the way you create or perceive art?
Patrick Keohane: In [terms of] creating and perceiving art I would say [the artists that have influenced me are] the major players of the Pop Art movement and I’m interested in some of the reproduction and appropriation ideas of Richard Prince and Jeff Koons.
SPEARR: Who are the designers that inspire you the most?
Patrick Keohane: Right now, [I’m most inspired by] Demna Gvasalia, Alessandro Michele, Jonathan Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière and always John Galliano.
SPEARR: Do you have any plans in store for the future of Revolving Style or expanding what you’ve already set out to create?
Patrick Keohane: I would like to build up a site that I can really play around [with] and without the restrictions of Instagram. [Until then], I will just continue creating interesting content for brands.
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