Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #7’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAIRSTYLE: Medussa/American Afro and West African inspired hairstyle
FLUTE: Indonesian flute, contemporary
HAT: Antique Top Hat, 1900s,United States and Desert hat Pin in ceramic with silver wire
wrapping, vintage, circa 1930s
SHIRT: Contemporary/classic plaid shirt, 2005
NECKWEAR: Wool, red/black, green, blue plaid tie, Scotland, 1930s
JACKET: Contemporary plaid/ jacket, 2012 and a molded- glass-green cameo-stick pin, early 1900s, England
SHORTS: Contemporary plaid shorts, 2011; belt and wool pom-pom, 2012
SOCKS: Italian football/soccer socks, 1990s
SHOES: White Golf-style shoes, Italy, contemporary/classic, 1998
SHOE HORN: Antique bone/wood shoe-horn, late 1890s VIOLIN: Violin (contemporary reproduction, circa 1990s) CHAIR: Empire style-French-chair 1800/1815 (reproduction) CARPET: Antique carpet, origin and 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