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Julian Klincewicz’s “Hey, I Like You” Blurs the Line Between Fashion and Art

A modern day renaissance man.

Multidisciplinary artist Julian Klincewicz recently held his latest fashion and art project presented by CHAMP Magazine. The 21-year old artist made a name for himself through collaborations with Gosha Rubchinskiy, ECKHAUS LATTA and Kanye West. Most recently, he displayed his project “Hey, I like you” at the San Diego Art Institute which is the third installment of a series of works looking at the relationships between humans and precious objects in an effort to understand how those objects can create a sense of connection, specifically in the context of intimacy and vulnerability. The ongoing series began as a collection of silk flags and handkerchiefs with gold foil text phrases, but for the third installment the subject matter has been carried over into a range of clothing. The published author, celebrated artist, musician, skateboarder, photographer, filmmaker, model and budding fashion designer intended the project to be an art piece, but the project became more of a fashion collection during its showing — a natural progression as his photo and video works are rooted in fashion. Check out the Klincewicz’s art piece/editorial above and read an interview with the artist courtesy of Union Los Angeles.

T: What are your thoughts on youth culture?

J: I don’t know, I mean, I don’t think I’m old enough to have an adult look on youth culture, I just like making stuff. In the casting we have a 16 year old and a 65 year old. I think its about people and what you feel and how you wanna live.

T: I think thats a beautiful way to look at life. You looking at your craft as simply something you want to be doing is just a pure way of seeing things.

J: At the end of the day we’re all people, I’ve been thinking about this a lot right, the position of an artist. Theres so much dedication to your work that thats the only thing that matters. You as a person don’t matter that much because you are a vessel to this bigger thing. I don’t think thats quite good enough or works today, what I see is that people need to feel connected. You can do something great but I think human connection is more important. If you do something important but don’t feel ok, I don’t think thats the best.

T: I think you’re right.

J: The artist that inspires me, I look at their work and they transport me into another world so like regardless of if your a celebrity designer and I got to shoot your video or if you’re the high school kid that come to the show because its free, like its all just engaging with people, you know?

T: I love that you think about it like that, its cool.

J: Yeah dude.

T: Do you have a goal for yourself?

J: I’d like to just make artwork full time, which is what I’m able to do now so its all good.

T: And how old are you?

J: 21

T: Right on, I think what your doing is so important for culture and I appreciate that you see the beauty of bringing people together, the energy of seeing that connection tonight was really something special that I’m glad we were all apart of it.

J: Damn, thank you, wanna go dance!

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