May 17, 2016


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A Crush On Matthew Barney And Always Space For Overalls
Photographer, New York City

From painting polka dots on the American flag, growing flowers under limelight, to getting an idea in naked, photographs of Manhattan based artist Olivia Locher is fascinated by dreamlands and consciousness with sarcasm. As a thriving photographer in her 20s, the artist has taken a further step in mocking the bizarre U.S laws through engaging compositions. In this Style Talk, we chatted with Locher about sensory deprivation tanks, staying as hydrated as possible, and Christine Sun Kim.

Olivia Locher

My ideal working outfit looks like…
I’m a true creature of comfort so whenever I find something that works I can tend to be overdue with it. Over the past several months I’ve gotten into a habit of wearing vintage overalls at my studio. It’s funny; my closet has a newly found, rather large section of space dedicated to just overalls. There is an effortless ease about them that I really respond to. I’m sure this phase will pass and be replaced with something else, but for now it’s a real staple in my work attire. I’ve also gotten into a habit of working in slippers and a bathrobe when no one else is around. Comfort is key at the workplace.

Heels or flats… Which brand or style..
I have a huge collection of shoes. My collection of Chelsea Boots is a bit insane but so necessary for New York’s colder months. In warmer seasons I tend to wear more flats. I love walking and try to get the required 10,000 steps per day. I select shoes that look good and function well. My favorite pair of shoes that I own are a pair of oxfords that I painted “John Cage” on to mirror a Ray Johnson piece.

My favorite art-related blog/app is…
ubu.com

The last thing I bought and loved was…
A Thom Browne suit.

Olivia Locher

Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
Everything I buy for my personal work is rather ridiculous in some way or form. Recent bizarre purchases include, a toad, a milk carton from the 60s, a nonworking 50s phone, etc. For my personal closet I’ve gotten a bit crazy about securing precious 70s Halston pieces for my collection.

My necessary extravagance is…
I am really overdue it with sensory deprivation tanks. I’m totally obsessed with the experience! I go at least twice per month, sometimes more.

Three things/products I always need to have in my purse… 
I’ve recently jumped on the Glossier bandwagon and really love their products. I keep their new lip stain (Generation G) in my bag at all times as well as their eyebrow product (Boybrow), and I also always have band-aids.

My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
Trying to stay as hydrated as possible and being consistent with my practice of transcendental meditation.

Olivia Locher

My favorite merge of the art- and fashion world…
The designs of Thom Browne and also art photographers shooting for fashion clients.

My most admired art world influencer…
Andy Warhol has always been very important for my own practice.

In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
Everything is so accessible, especially in New York. Every artist whose work I have a desire to see most likely is exhibited with very little wait time. There is so much to get immersed with due to exceptional curating.

Art makes me…
Feel like a kid again! There is so much to explore and discover.

My next art trip/travel will be…
I’m currently unsure! I’m open to wherever work takes me! My practice is mostly based in Manhattan. I’d love to visit friends in Berlin soon. I’ve never been, and hear the most amazing things.

The most arty city is…
New York.

I Fought the Law, Delaware

The perfect art-world gentlemen is…
Gilbert and George but my art-world crush is Matthew Barney.

Artist(s) we should have on our watchlist is/are…
I’ve recently gotten to know Christine Sun Kim. She is deaf and explores sound as a medium. Christine is both an incredible artist and person who is definitely worth checking out! She is a huge inspiration.

If I weren’t an artist I would be…
Most likely very confused, but I can imagine being a psychologist. It seems as though a lot of my friends already come to me for therapy.

We love your series “I Fought the Law”. How did this project come about? Was there one particularly insane law that sparked the series…
That series came about by complete chance. I was photographing a friend and out of nowhere he stated, “Hey, it’s illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama.” but then the conversation quickly moved elsewhere. For some reason that statement kept haunting me (for months) so I did some research and had a new project. I photographed 50 images one for each American state.

What’s next on the horizon… Any exciting projects in the works?
Right now I’m starting the process of working on the “I Fought the Law” book. The publisher has an anticipated release date for Fall 2017. I am also excited to work on a show to go along with the book publication. Beyond that I am working on a new project titled, “How To” and many other things. I like to work on a lot at once.

Instagram: @olivialocher

Website: www.olivialocher.com 

Photos by Olivia Locher