Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #24’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

COLLAR/CUFF: European men‚ruff-collar, 16th century HAIR: Partial to the Indian sub-continent style
SASH: New Masonic Scottish Rite 32 Degree Master of the Royal Secret Regalia Sash
DRESS: Indian sub-continent formal men’s gown with embroidery
ARM BAND: Soviet Military Band Commander, circa 1920s-1990
TROUSERS: Marching band trousers,United States, circa 1950s
SHOES: 17th century men‚ shoes, French, reproduction STOOL: Vintage English Leather Lion Footstool,
circa 1950-70s
CARPET: Transitional-Tibetan Rug, date unknown
BRUSH: Painter‚ brush
STILL-LIFE: Books, ceramic flower-pot and a stem of carnation flower sat on top of distressed vintage smallish Commode

About Iké Udé

With his ongoing photographic self-portrait series “Sartorial Anarchy”, wherein he is dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman, and fashion/art. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé offers a new take on aspects of performance and representation, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personas with his art. “By mixing varied costumes in concert with the now and then,” he has said, “we begin to realize how arbitrary, subjective, fleeting, even absurd—no less wonderful—our ‘real’ cultural construct is.” Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE and style blog,theCHIC INDEX. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide, and Vanity Fair included him on their International Best Dressed List in 2009 and in 2012.

Nigerian, b. 1964, Lagos, Nigeria, based in New York, New York