Multimedia artist Stänzii designed shoes for Vera Wang and showcases for Macy’s. His new animations present his pop fashion brand
NEW YORK, 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Stänzii, a radical artist whose work has graced the spaces of New York City for more than a decade, today announced the release of three kaleidoscopic and cyber-chic animated films, which signal the imminent arrival of its eponymous brand, scheduled for next year.
In addition to serving as a digital teaser, the triptych – which includes the retro-futuristic films “Spiritual Maximiliiism”, “Theme for Dead Cities” and “Self Saboatge” – reflects love, loss and an urgent, post-pandemic need for Stänzii : making art after a time when it seemed impossible. It’s an emotional first taste of Stänzii as she embarks on a large-scale pop fashion brand that will integrate her expertise in shoe design, sculpture-making, street art and more.
“I have made art all my life and my creative journey in new York has involved everything from exterior murals to high-end creative direction and big showcases in the fashion world, ”says Stänzii, who was born Renée Snelson and who has also used XORS in previous projects, many of which have involved the collaboration of his long-standing partner, Flood. “The Stänzii brand will be both commercial and counter-cultural – a highlight of my art that will bleed into the worlds of public art, wearable fashion, print and digital media.”
Stänzii’s new animated films can be viewed at the following links:
“Theme for the dead cities”
With original music produced, mixed and mastered by David Sisko under his nickname of Aelien Eko, the films recall David Bowie, Warhol and punk-rock feminism, and are composed of recurring elements that signify Stänzii’s distinct vision and voice. High heels with pointed studs, diamond tears and whimsical blinking eyes appear across the digital landscapes and will be hallmarks of the Stänzii brand.
“As an artist working in the underground and luxury fashion worlds of this city, I have always been drawn to the push and pull of materialism against spirituality, ego against art and research. constant of ourselves in this urban jungle, ”says Stänzii. “Today, I believe all of these things can coexist, and my brand will bring those dichotomies to life.”
In the past, Stänzii has been a designer and artistic director for major shoe brands like Timberland, Vera Wang Lavender, and Alice + Olivia, where she worked as Senior Director of Footwear Design. His breathtaking commercial sculpture has been seen by millions of people in the windows of department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, while its signature “Killer Heel” design has moved from street art to art galleries in new York and London. It has been featured in art exhibitions organized by Patricia champ, and collaborated with the late and legendary shoe designer Beth levine, using Levine’s vintage shoes to create sartorial art for display at that of New York Eastern village.
As she embarks on her next chapter, Stänzii will gradually roll out a genre-blending brand that distills her work into a cohesive yet comprehensive collection of products and art, spanning all media platforms and reflecting the cultural consumers of constantly evolving today.
“My art deals with contradiction, which is also one of the determining factors of modern consumers,” says Stänzii. “We want streetwear and fine art prints; we want glamor and courage; we want what’s to come and what’s nostalgic. With my personal and feminine approach, the Stänzii brand will overcome these contradictions in a whole new way. “
Stänzii (née Renée Snelson) is a new Yorkmultimedia artist and designer whose creative background spans across the verticals of fashion design, street arts, fine arts, commercial sculpture, shop windows, animation and more. Previously known as XORS, Stänzii has served as Creative Director and Designer for major shoe brands like Timberland and Alice + Olivia, and has seen her vivid street art adorn the lanes of new York and London. While working as a sculptor and manufacturer for the windows of some of the world’s biggest stores, Stänzii has developed a sharp point of view, which merges haute couture and the art of guerrilla warfare into a cohesive vision. Her artist and brand name were inspired by the nickname Constanze Mozart, wife of musical genius, who was a major figure in Amadeus, Stänzii’s favorite film in his youth.