The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is releasing a an artist-designed limited edition collection curated by Gordon Robichaux for the sixth edition of NADA New York. The Contemporary Drag features the artwork of Chirs of Hur, Jimmy Paul, Juwelia, La’fem Ladosha, Lady Bunny, Linda Simpson,Sasha Velour, Tabboo!, and Tyler Ashley produced in collaboration with Print All Over Me (PAOM).
Chris of Hur is best known for creating the monthly performance event DOODz in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a drag showcase focused less on glitz and more on his soul and punk aesthetic. For his PAOM collaboration, Hur combines art and drag histories into a t-shirt portrait that is both alluring and menacing. Using his body as a canvas, the physical, photographic, and digital collide.
Jimmy Paul moved to New York in the early 1980’s, and performed and participated in the East Village club scene. Today he is recognized as one of the leading hairdressers in the fashion business for his work in shows and magazines like Vogue and W. Nan Goldin’s photographs of Paul are some of her most iconic images. For his PAOM edition, Jimmy Paul used a tender drawing originally created for his annual holiday card. The face of the angelic, androgynous figure is framed by a Christmas tree adorned with red balls.
Juwelia is a Berlin-based artist, writer, and singer. Juwelia regularly exhibits her paintings in her own gallery and studio, Galerie Studio St St. She hosts performances within the space among her many artworks which explore the artist’s experiences (both real and imagined) in Berlin. Juwelia’s design is inspired by her fantastical paintings— a pattern of quirky cartoon dogs over a purple field of color.
Lady Bunny is an iconic drag queen, singer, DJ, comedienne, and founder of the Wigstock drag festival who has entertained audiences for the last three decades. For her collaboration, Lady Bunny uses numerous images of her eyes culled from publicity photographs. The busy, cosmic pattern of her eyes on a neoprene clutch features her signature look: lashes on both the upper and lower eyelids.
La’fem Ladosha is a New York visual and performance artist and nightlife icon. Ladosha is a member of the House of Ladosha, an artistic collective that designs and produces a t-shirt line, innovative hip hop, and has performed at Art Basel and opened for Azealia Banks. For PAOM, La’fem Ladosha collaged stills from her video “Black Model Famous” to create a grid pattern printed on mesh fabric.
Linda Simpson is a celebrated nightlife personality, media maven, performer, bingo and gameshow hostess, and drag documentarian who has influenced the downtown scene since the 1980s. Simpson’s PAOM linen beach throw features vintage graphics sourced from her legendary zine My Comrade.
Patti Spliff is a Brooklyn-based drag performer and visual artist. Her style is best described as an eclectically-curated collection of folk and alternative looks. Her anime inspired makeup and long two-braided wigs are instantly recognizable. For her collaboration, images of her distinct braid become an elegant black and white design.
Sasha Velour’s creative work includes illustration, comics, drag performance, publications, and video. She is currently a contestant on Rupaul’s Drag Race, which will air this Spring. She is also the creative director of Velour: The Drag Magazine, and the host of the critically-acclaimed monthly drag show NIGHTGOWNS. Velour’s long sleeve T-shirt design highlights her bold aesthetic, mixing idiosyncratic illustration with unexpected patterns and shapes to create a look all her own.
Tabboo! is a legendary underground visual artist, drag performer, actor, puppeteer, muse, and singer. Recognized for his drag performances and his iconic ads for the Pyramid Club, drag is a recurring subject in Tabboo!’s art. He collaborated with Marc Jacobs for Jacob’s Fall 2016 collection, and his work has been exhibited at Participant Inc, Matthew Marks, and Paul Kasmin in New York. In 2017, his work will be featured at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. For his PAOM tote bag, Tabboo!’s alphabet displays his signature lettering and style in an all over pattern—an A to Z of drag.
Tyler Ashley is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn. He explores desire, endurance, vulnerability, and determination through image-based dance. Ashley has performed in AUNTS, Movement Research, PERFORMA11, The High Line, and at Contemporary Dancing at NADA New York 2013. As his persona The Dauphine of Bushwick, Ashley hosts Baby Tea: a monthly party that combines activism and a gay tea dance. Ashley’s PAOM T-shirt captures the artist mid-performance—a self-portrait that reflects the current mood of anxiety and rage.