Sunday, February 3, 2008

Todd Oldham & Charley Harper

CBS Sunday morning ran their interview with Todd Oldham about how he came to spend 5 years of his life archiving the work of Charley Harper (before Harper's death in June 2007). Oldham talked about his admiration for Harper as both an artist and ultimately a friend. How lucky Oldham was to discover Harper and forge a relationship with the artist before he died. Oldham refers to himself as a "Harperologist." A transcript of Oldham's interview can be found here. Oldham revealed in the interview that he also kept a video journal of his conversations with Harper. It would be interesting to see this documentation in addition to the book and catalog of work.

On a side note: I am excited to see what Oldham does as creative director (appointed Oct 2007) at Old Navy as he strives to make the brand more modern. Supposedly changes will start to appear this month and continue with monthly collections, but we will not start seeing the full impact of his influence until June. Sounds like Oldham is going to make shopping at Old Navy more of an experience than just picking up those tank tops.

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