King Kong #14

King Kong is an independent, biannual print magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of ground-breaking artists, designers, models, musicians and image-makers from every corner of the world.

Goerge Condo & Tina Barney for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
George Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1957. He attended the University of Massachusetts, in Lowell, where he studied Music Theory and Art History. Condo’s art can be viewed as a multilayered experience that brings the viewer in touch with a psychological exploration of human nature.

Through the process of transformation involving art historical language and an actualization of philosophical content, Condo’s paintings create a visible window into the world we live in.

His work is in the permanent collections of many major museums and public collections around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Broad Foundation (Los Angeles), The Tate (London) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Condo has been invited to lecture at many prestigious institutions and taught a six-month course at Harvard University entitled Painting Memory.

Over the course of her 40-year career, acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney (b. 1945) has illuminated the inner lives of her subjects, observing the generational repetition of familial traditions and rituals as played out in domestic settings.

Recognized for her large- format photographic portraits realized in vibrant color—and more recently, for her foray into landscape photography—Barney demonstrates the same complexity and sensitivity whether she is shooting world-renowned celebrities or the figures and faces of those known to her personally.

Mike Tyson for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
Feast your on eyes on a living legend Mike Tyson – a fist full of fun and boxing clever with his views on fame and fortune!

The best thing about a true legend is that you get the best of both worlds – the legend you want to see, including the adrenalin rush, but also a sense of the real person within. Without that, it’s just punching the air…

Tommy Cash & MLMA for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
Once upon a time, in a moment confusingly referring to the present day, lived two parallel legends from entirely different realms.

Having observed each other through the mighty portal known as the internet, the fated pair bonded through kindred abilities until tragedy struck. Mortals still speak of the gruesome battle that took place solely for the entertainment of the ancient King Kong scrolls. The end.

Amber Rose for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
“I feel like I have inspired girls around the world to express themselves as I did by shaving my head, dye it blonde, getting tattoos, which I talk about in my book How to Be a Bad Bitch in the first chapter Visions and I just had vision of how I wanted to look! I am never going to stop pushing the boundaries of feminism.

I think one myth about me is that I am a bitch because I am quiet. But that is not true at all. I just don’t like to talk to stupid people. I want to be remembered as a loving, compassionate Bad-Ass bitch.”

K for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.

Gilbert & George for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
Gilbert & George paint a powerful picture of their life and work in an interview which shows the love behind the legend, and the humanity alongside their iconic status. What you see is not always what you get, and in their Spitalfields studio, home is definitely where the art is.

“We realized we were alone in the outside world. We were super sculptors, super artists, super painters, but we were also these strange people together, walking the streets of London who didn’t fit in anywhere. But we knew exactly what we wanted to do. Yes, we knew the shape of our future very clearly, it was completely sharply outlined, it was like the outline of the planet.  It was extraordinary. And then we made it, made it ourselves.”

Nik Kosmas for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
In the shadows, dark clouds gathered. The embers of cruel fires drifted slowly down. Hideous yet familiar abominations shambled across the shattered highways. Corpses hanging by ropes sway in a fetid breeze. A cute couple pose for a picture. A satyr smokes some hash from a human skull. The wet rhythmic sounds of fucking drift across the scene.

Gabriel Massan for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
Stories that are told and retold, held close and redistributed; myths are perhaps to culture as gravity is to earth; bridging the gap between what we know and everything that could possibly be. Myths help form ways of thinking, being, and relating to the world and to each other. As sociological tools, grounded in an embrace of unknowing, they also play a critical role in our own reincarnation and reformation.

Artist Gabriel Massan joins Curator Tamar Clarke-Brown (Arts Technologies, Serpentine) to discuss their practice, talking myth, simulation, and the process of making their upcoming work, Third World; an experimental video game incorporating elements from Brazilian folklore originally commissioned by Serpentine Arts Technologies that questions if critical play and practice could change the very dimensions of our existence.

Beabadoobee for the AW22 Myths & Legends 14.
Emotionally charged guitar iconoclast Beabadoobee is transcending from lo-fi 90’s bedroom singer-songwriter to global rock star, kicking her childhood demons to the curb and transporting fans into her own universe Beatopia, with her most impressive sonic offering to date.

316 pages (24 X 33,3 cm / 9,45 X 13,11 Inches)