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Rachel Comey’s SS24 Ode to Multimedia Artist Joan Jonas

Mirror performance II, 1969

Image: Joan Jonas, Mirror performance II, 1969

Rachel Comey needs no introduction at Covet + Lou, but perhaps you’re unfamiliar with multimedia artist Joan Jonas. Jonas’s career begins in the 1960s and ‘70s in New York City as one of the first artists at this time to work in performance and video art. This Spring (starting March 17th and stretching until July 6th- mark your calendars) we’ll have a chance to see Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning at the MoMA, a retrospective of the artist’s work spanning across drawings, photographs, notebooks, film screenings, performances, and a selection of installations.

But now back to Comey's collaboration in anticipation of the retrospective…

Comey’s SS24 collection draws directly from Jonas’s archives. As Vogue puts it, the whole collection feels like “woman-to-woman inspiration.” If you know Comey, her collab with Jonas doesn’t feel too surprising either. Both woman are like “kindred spirits across generations, both reluctant to be hemmed in by their retrospective industry’s rules (Vogue).”

Jonas, 87, was at Comey’s runway show getting pics with her phone of every look. The collaboration is getting picked up by fashion Substack "it-girls" too. Hello, Laura Reilly's Magasin. (See mention under The Weekly by Magasin News Editor, Em Seely-Katz.)

Joan Jonas Draw Without Looking 2013

Image: Joan Jonas, Draw Without Looking 2013. Performed as part of BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Tate Modern, 28 February 2013. Photo © Tate

The image above comes from an article by Tate and is a great interview-style read if you want to learn more about Jonas. She lists the paintings by Kerry James Marshall as one of the artworks she would save in the world if she could only save three. (We're fans). 

We’re excited to have Joan Jonas x Rachel Comey pieces join our Newton Highlands shop and site

Terju Tee Joan Tee 
Jonas, Score, Document of 2012 Reconstruction of Mirror Piece 1

Formi Dress in Navy Joan Lines Linen
Jonas, The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things, 2005

Ely Printed Tote in Forest
A still from Jonas's Volcano Saga
Video Collage by Sara VanDerBeek using footage from Volcano Saga, 1985–89

Mott Skirt in Silver
A nod to Jonas + her love of mirrors

Rachel Comey Ely Printed Tote in Forest