Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #32’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

FACE MASK: Striped knit Jamaican Rastafarian hat worn backwards, over face and head; Jamaica, 1970s-present JACKET: Marching band uniform, 1970s, United States TROUSERS: Sailing flags, Men‚ trousers, embroidered sail-flags, United States, 1950-60s
NECKWEAR: 16th century Western European ruff collar reproduction, reproduced with West African fabric, 2013 HAT: Top Hat, circa 1980s/1990s, United States
CANE: Vintage cane, 1980s, United States
TABLE: Low-table, Chinese, date unknown
VASE: Miniature black vase, American, 2010
DECANTER: Japanese sterling silver overlay captain/ship‚ decanter, early 20th century
PLANTER: Satsuma earthenware planter, Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
CARPET: Persian Gabbeh Oriental Rug, Vintage/Antique, date unknown

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