Esperanza Spalding by Bo Gehring

by Study NY


This sensual portrait of Esperanza Spalding by Bo Gehring features the talented singer / songwriter - who has chosen to only wear sustainable designers during performances and in day to day life - wearing a skirt made from non-woven silk cocoons by CPALI in Madagascar from the Study Fall / Winter 2011 collection (see pic below). We're honoured to be part of this beautiful project, thanks Esperanza!

This commission of Esperanza Spalding by Bo Gehring is the fifth digital video portrait to enter into the National Portrait Gallery's growing collection of time-based media art" said Kim Sajet, director of the museum. 

To create a work, Gehring plays a piece of music of his sitter's choosing while he or she lies on a low table. A camera, suspended overhead on a track, begins at the feet and slowly moves up the body to reveal the subject's face. The motion of the computer-controlled camera is exactly synchronized to the person's height and the duration of his or her chosen music. The integral role of music in his portraits made Spalding, a bassist, vocalist and composer,an ideal candidate for the commissioned work. 

Spalding chose Wayne Shorter's "Tarde" from the 1974 album Native Dancer to be part of her portrait.In the track, Shorter plays tenor saxophone, vocals are by Milton Nascimento, Herbie Hancock is on the electric piano, David Amaro is on guitar, David McDaniel plays bass, and Roberto Silva plays the drums. Spalding says this piece of music is important because, "Herbie, Wayne and Milton are part of me.

See more of Bo Gehring's portraits here.

Image of the silk cocoon skirt from the FW11 presentation at NYFW

Image of the silk cocoon skirt from the FW11 presentation at NYFW