Peregrine’s Widow

Sometimes the universe lines things up for you in such perfect, obfuscated, linear ways that when something drops in your lap out of the sky – it just makes sense, though it may be emotionally overwhelming.

This is precisely how I felt upon learning about my darling roommate’s friend, Peregrine Honig (@peregrinehonig), and her ambitious product, presented for my viewing: Widow, a fashion magazine created and curated by Honig, herself.

One may be curious as to the product of a mid-western, culturally immersed, visual artist’s take on fashion — the industry, the clothes, the pretention and, of course, the art itself. Upon receiving the massive 5lb. “magazine” (more like an atlas-sized portable gallery), I was eager to see how linear the connections between the worlds of fine art, cultural analysis, and fashion as art and industry would be – what I discovered in perusing Widow was a familiarity, epiphany, and of course, utter visual arrest.

The publication was limited to 500 “Deluxe Edition” copies, the copy I had my hands on was gifted to my roommate, Alicia Eler, as she wrote a foreword describing the intricacies of Honig’s work. When she brought the immense book to the table, it was accompanied by two, small, white gloves – their intended use: protecting the immaculate book as you gently flip through the pages. My initial intimidation aside, Honig’s collection of art proved to be extremely beautiful, not to mention an exquisite representation of the blatantly consumption-based side of fashion.

I have photographed a selection of images from the magazine, please feel free to click each image for an enlarged view.

The book is filled with everything from Honig’s drawings to stunningly vivid photographs of the artist herself, depicting ideas revolving around public consumption of both the material and the human. Shocking images are gently laced with appropriate context, making them entirely interpretable yet still highly pointed. Honig “discusses” everything from gender politics to gender socialization through various mediums. The reoccuring theme throughout the magazine, in my eyes, was suggestive of our culture’s innate ability to fetishize everything from youth to status, authority to helplessness.

Her images, while occasionally stirring up slight discomfort, depict the very brutal honesty that I long for in this industry. They address the glorification of perversion, beauty standards, and the effects of society on the delicate minds of youth. Her visions are crystal clear, and the assumed pretentious nature of most fashion magazines is obliterated by her blunt, beautiful voice and imagery.

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As of yesterday, the news has been released that Peregrine Honig will be participating in a new Bravo! reality competition titled, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” (her bio is located here). The series will premier on June 7th, 2010 at 11pm EST. If you’re into reality shows, and you’re into this magazine, definitely give Peregrine your support!