The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, a spiritual album recorded at Sai Anantam Ashram in California in the 1980s and 90s, repeats a refrain; offering of a sensory space from which to consider a cross-atlantic interpretation of eastern philosophy. Ecstatic Recital invites a meditation on the black ecstatic. It vibrates through the ambient sounds of Laraaji, the devotional rhythms of Coltrane through to the conceptual performance and sculptural work of the late American artist Terry Adkins. The repetition of sounds, chanting, drumming and bells open a pathway to universal consciousness.
Documenting a spiritual transformation, a journey to India through the lens of a global and eclectic group, the collection comprises a mix of temporality and cultural interpretation. An eccentric clashing of evening duchesse and nylon performance wear in an ambient palette of marigold and rust. Entering glistening mountains, the pan-continental aesthete, interprets his surroundings, patchworking handwoven Indian brocades into aprons and hood linings, adorning the plisse of dress shirting with fresh hand stitched daisies.
The silhouette is spacious and elongated. Spiritual energy transferred close to the skin. Minimalist suiting embellished with rose quartz as cufflinks, sound chimes in the tingsha closure, allowing one to experience a deeper relaxation. Celestial Vibrations.
Intellectual and historic characters have a different connection to India and the group, wearing emblems of their education. A lightweight, silk pinstripe shirt, rhythmically collaged with pages of the work of Terry Adkins, a collaboration with Harlem-based artist Eric N.Mack, reimagining a madras check handpainted into a grid. A slim shouldered tuxedo serves as a minimalist interpretation of 1920s evening wear, via the portraiture of Maharajah Holkar of Indore.
Wellness and comfort inform the looser silhouettes and the introduction of relaxation wear, a distinct mix of high and low. The yoga group’s chants remain present in oversized hoodies and lightweight cotton yoga pants embroidered with mantras from Ram Dass’ 1971 seminal work on spirituality, yoga and meditation, Be Here Now, donations of which will go to the Hanuman Foundation.
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