MILAN ILLUSTRATED | REBECCA MOSES AND MARIE CLAIRE ITALIABelissima! Rebecca’s connection to Italy persists long after her return to her hometown New York. In conjunction with Milan Fashion Week, Marie Claire Italy went PAZZESCO (crazy) with Rebecca in the Collectors issue and exhibition in Viaggio I Italia in Via Della Spiga, Milano. In celebration of 10 years of Accessories, Rebecca’s work was featured on the cover of the magazine, as well as 30 internal pages. Rebecca Moses’ signature illustrations portray the fashions and accessories of top international brands in some of the most known Italian locations. Her quirky, amusing characters promenade through great cities like Milan and Rome, Venice and Naples… Rebecca was the perfect ambassador to take us on an imaginary journey through Italy.
GUESS MAGAZINE HOT OFF THE PRESS | MICHELLE EDELMAN AND AMY SWIFT KNOW BRANDINGMichelle Edelman of Traffic and Amy Swift one of Traffic’s top writers, have joined forces with Guess the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Guess Magazine. Veterans in branding and publishing, Michelle and Amy are a powerhouse in creative consultancy.
“I love working with brands who have really deep, iconic DNA. So much of what has made GUESS interesting an relevant for so long is a rich history with uber-talents like Claudia Schiffer and Ellen Von Unwerth. This Meditteranean issue really illustrates how much the entire brand is still tied to those early campaigns shot in the south of France – they still hold up”.
For me, extracting the brand voice and story is a really authentic experience because I am presented with such good source material. You can really still see this narrative in the way they continue to tell their story today – whether it be the girl, the photographer or the mood. This issue was really fun to work on because we married the beauty and sensuality of southern Europe with a denim brand who in many ways represents the same thing. It’s a real privilege to be creative with GUESS. Helping a client see their highest concepts and making them come true on the page is pure creative fun!” – Amy Swift
I’M A CONDUCTOR OF SORTS | AMELIE HEGARDT FOR VINCE CAMUTOCreative matchmaking is our thing! When Vince Camuto approached us with a concept for an illustrated coffee table book, we knew Amelie Hegardt would be the perfect fit! Describing herself as a “conductor or sorts,” Amelie took to the work “as if she were directing a play.” Inspired by a small bronze sculpture and old world glamour, the richly crafted illustrations embody Amelie’s signature blend of texture and color. Stay tuned for the book release – we can’t wait to share more! Click here for Amelie’s full portfolio.
A LIFE INSPIRED | CECILIA LUNDGREN DISCUSSES CREATIVITY WITH DASH MAGAZINE“Developing my style is an important work-in-progress – I never want to get stuck in just the one aesthetic. When I’m collaborating with clients and customers, it’s important the client receives the style they want and have come to expect from me… I have to deliver what I’ve been asked for, but when I have time, I do crazy things that allow me to be as creative as possible!” — Cecilia Lundgren Click here to read the full interview with Cecilia in the Spring/Summer 2014 Dash Magazine.
THE ART OF TRANSLATION | FORMENTO+FORMENTODrawing inspiration from Japanese art, literature and theatre, the Formento’s delve into the mysterious underbelly of Japanese culture in their latest photographic journey, ‘The Japan Diaries’. Captured through their signature cinematic lens, the series explores eroticism and cultural ambiguity, lending the images a powerful sense of melancholy. Eager to learn more, we caught up with BJ and Richeille to discuss their source of inspiration. “We were inspired by 1950s Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa, Araki and Moriyama, as well as Edo woodblock prints and the erotic imagery of Ero Guro paintings. It is fascinating to immerse oneself in this ancient culture that has only been open to the rest of the world since the 1850s. Many underlying tones, subcultures and characteristics are unique to Japan and its people. We found ourselves in a floating world of emotional, psychological and physical potential, eager to express our interpretation as foreigners in a very foreign land” — BJ Formento. The Japan Diaries will be exhibited at Fahey Klein Los Angeles’ premiere Photographic Gallery during July of 2015 – Stay tuned for updates! Click here to see the full story.
GETTING FRESH WITH MR Z & LEBON | INTUITION IS MY GUIDEWorld renowned illustrator Monsieur Z teamed up with Lebon Dentifrice Toothpaste to create this graphic campaign! We caught up with him to discuss his creative process. “I’ve always been fascinated by images, whether they are advertisements or not. Seminal to my initial inspiration was discovering the illustrations of Norman Rockwell, buying my first bleu jeans, my first album covers inspired me too (B52s) and also Comix” — Monsieur Z Click here to see Mr Z’s full portfolio.
EXTRA TERRESTRIAL EXCELLENCE | MARGARETE GOCKEL ON ALIEN INSPIRATION“My love affair with design duo, Augustin Teboul began during the Paris 2012 Fall/Winter shows… I was lucky enough to catch their show in a gallery exhibition. Their fashion pieces were teamed up with the most magnificent photographs. I was instantly drawn to the ethereal presence of the models–they looked like they were aliens from another planet!” — Margarete Gockel. Click here to see Margarete’s full portfolio.
EXHIBITION OPENING | AFTERSHOCK: THE IMPACT OF RADICAL ARTPlease join us for the opening of ‘Aftershock: The Impact of Radical Art’, March 3rd between 6 – 8pm. The exhibition will be held at 136 East 74th Street and will run from March 3rd through May 12th. We look forward to seeing you there!
Marilyn Minter, The Supremes, 1990Since the 1960s, contemporary art has paralleled the racial, gender, and sexual revolutions that have radically altered contemporary culture. This exhibition traces the evolution of art through the view of 12 key contemporary artists, who have undertaken racial, cultural and gender differences over the last 4 decades. The artists in this show all emerged within the context of these radical transformations and represent a cross section of gay, straight, male and female artists from different racial and cultural backgrounds. Carolee Schneeman, Betty Tompkins, Marilyn Minter, Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, and Rob Pruitt & Jack Early, are artists whose radical works in the 70s, 80s and 90s shocked the art world enough to cause destruction to their lives and careers, while simultaneously urging their contemporaries and a new generation of artists like Sean Landers, Cary Liebowitz a.k.a Candyass, Tony Oursler, Mackalene Thomas, Simone Leigh, Christopher Winter and Monica Cook to take on controversial cultural issues. All of the works in this show embrace a visual language redefining beauty through highly charged objects and images and help elucidate why so many facets of our identities are formed by imposed stereotypes, distorted imagery and oppressive histories. Through the exploration of oppressive power dynamics, we are invited to examine our own complex relationships to those systems. The exhibition is curated by Dara Schaefer; architect and curator. With a focus on integration of art and architecture, she specializes in contemporary and emerging artists. She is the founder of Wonderground Studios, which exhibits emerging art in a salon setting, while raising funds for Kids with Cancer.