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Tuesday , December 14, 2010

Love: Skull, Bones and the Art of Banks Violette

Our radar always perks up when touches of Goth restraint and dark romanticism pop up outside the usual subcultures, especially lately in the work of artist Banks Violette, who has been rising to prominence in the art world in the past few years. Violette's inscrutable, cryptic references to Scandinavian death metal are lacquered beneath a sculptural command of the wood, black mirrors and materials that make up his installation work, and like any proper metalhead, skulls and bones pop up prominently in his drawings and paintings. (To catch some of those death metal references, read Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. It's genuinely weird.)

In honor of the exhibition that Banks Violette is curating next month at Bortolami Dayan, and because we love the dark imagery as an antidote to pretty, girlish thing happening in fashion now, here are some of our favorite skull jewelry pieces, which we think look best when subversively juxtaposed against a subdued, feminine dress.

Rachel Leigh @ shopbop.com:

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Amy Shutt @ day-lab.com:

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Madame Fancy Pants:

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Viola Valone @ shopintuition.com:

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And finally art by Banks Violette, from 2002's "Arroyo Grande 7.22.95" at Team Gallery:

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