Symmetry and predictability can be beautiful in its evenness, but there’s an unexpected, mostly unique, beauty in asymmetry and quirk.

 

The friction that comes from the unmatching of parts, that GLITCH that reminds us of the impossibility to control statism, is itself and often, the interesting element of the picture. It represents its beauty and the only true identity.

 

This year, PORTRAIT Eyewear is ready to launch a new collection inspired in the glitch-art movement, often related to video forms-of-art and photography. Images that match the aesthetics of a surprising moment, and unpredictable crack.

 

The Glitch, is by definition either analogical or digital, simultaneously flat or sharp; its depth relies on a bi-dimensional dislocation that generates colors and noise, oftentimes hypnotical and intriguing.

 

And PORTRAIT has turned it into eyewear. Sunglasses and opticals made of metal where the Glitch is printed, expressed and turned into a meaningful materic accessory.

 

Contextualized -like it’s habitual for the brand- in art movements and so, dedicated, to art figures in it, PORTRAIT has taken inspiration from the glitch and video art, tributing artists that are worth knowing, through the full collection made of 4 different models

 

GLITCH, TV, BLACK AND WHITE, SUNGLASSES

 

MEET CHARLOTTE. Dedicated to Elisabeth Charlotte Rist, better known as Pipilotti Rist, these sunglasses express experimentation, courage and the break of conventional barriers, embracing color through the intervention of pieces of acetate and colorful lenses. The Glitch and its inherent noise are declined in a feminine shape that’s timeless but contemporary, strong but simple.

 

INTERFACE. These sunglasses are a tribute to Peter Campus, an American pioneer video-artist of the 70’s who’s work experimented with the viewer identity, creating interaction through perception. Like Campus’ work, this eyewear defies expectations and requires the participation of the beholder to be completed. A mask that recalls computer screens and interfaces, where within the Glitch happens.

 

 

JUNE. A tribute to Nam June Paik, the Korean- American artist internationally known as “The Father of Video Art” during mid 20th century. Also recognized for his work “The Electronic Superhighway”, an art installation that anticipated the world wide web of electronic communication through the first concept of network information that would be able to address social and environmental issues, as well as the modern economy. Translated into an eyewear piece, conceived as both opticals and sunglasses, this frame evokes the trendy cat-eyes shape with an Asian, almost abstracted digital approach.

 

LYE. These 90’s inspired oval-tiny eyewear, either optical or sunglasses, reminds us of Leonard Charles Huia Lye, the New Zealand’s artist from early twentieth century, known for his extraordinary experimental films and kinetic sculptures. Having been portrayed himself wearing tiny tinted sunglasses, PORTRAIT reinterprets the artist’s eyewear selection through an original and fragmented geometric composition, metal pieces assembled together that resemble Lye’s patterns, surgical instruments, and stratification.