Uli Weber worked with emerging talent Derek Lawlor for a feature in Dazed & Confused. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Lawlor recently showed his A/W 2010 collection during London Fashion Week. Lawlor is known for using unusual materials to create distinctive looks. Vogue writes, “Inspired by Japanese samurai body armour and traditional Irish weaving practises, Derek has developed a unique knitting technique. Using a plastic wax cord as thread, Derek weaves it through his lace patterns to form fantastic organic shapes on tight-fitting cashmere.”
“Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980″ is showing now at the Cincinnati Art Museum, featuring artists such as William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Mitch Epstein, and Joel Meyerowitz. Starburst takes viewers on a journey through the explosion and development of color photography in America. Once considered less of an art form than black and white photography, the color photography in Starburst addresses the initial controversy surrounding color film and how pioneering artists turned it into high art. In case one can’t make it to the midwest, the work of Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, and William Egglestone will also be on view at the Edwynn Houk Gallery starting Thursday, February 25th.
Fernanda Cohen designs a comfy and stylish tee for Gap’s line of (PRODUCT) RED apparel. Fernanda Cohen is part of the latest group of up-and-coming artists to create a tee for Gap’s exclusive line of limited-edition tshirts. Half of the profits from Gap (PRODUCT) RED Artist Ts go to The Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The tshirt is available online as well as in Gap stores around the world. The purchase of one tshirt provides 10 days of antiretroviral medicine for one person living with HIV in Africa.
Cole Haan’s Spring/Summer 2010 “The Inspired Life” campaign features everyday people. Todd Selby captured stylish individuals Nicola Vassell, Maria Sharapova, Harley Viera-Newton, James Bond, Magda Wosinska, Johnny Knapp, and Moses Berkson throughout their daily routines. Visit Cole Haan’s “The Inspired Life” website for an inside look at their lives to see what inspires them, featuring interviews, videos, and more.
Uli Weber shot the cover and fashion story that mixes contemporary design and art for luxury lifestyle title Quintessentially Magazine. Quintessentially is a members-only club that provides a wide-range of concierge services to its members. Club-members are privy to Quintessentially’s quarterly magazine, a publication that offers “a wide mix of features, up-to-the-minute news and views, and great reads on everything from travel to arts, health and beauty, shopping, and social trends.”
In honor of Black History Month, Target recently launched its “Dare, Dream, Do” campaign. The print, web, broadcast, and interactive campaign tells the inspiring stories of Malaak Compton-Rock, Marc Morial, Marcus Samuelsson, and Steve Stoute. The banner ads and video interviews are a blend of 2d and 3d, Digital Kitchen seamlessly mixes live video with Sarah J. Coleman’s intricate hand-drawn illustrations.
FriendsWithYou has been very busy bringing magic to life. They paired up with US Sydney to produce the latest animated spot for Match.com. It’s never too late to find your match! “Better Together” tells the animated tale of a pea and a carrot destined to find one another. From strawberries and cream, fork and knife, to rabbit and hat, watch beloved duos connect in Friends With You’s delightful universe.
Justin Hollar set up his studio to capture some simple portraits of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl and ended up with a whole photo-story. The rock star progeny and his band-mate/girlfriend make up a psych-pop music group called The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger. The photo shoots appears in this month’s February issue of Nylon magazine.
Lipton Brisk Iced Teas recently unveiled new flavors – lemon, strawberry melon, tea-lemonade, raspberry, peach, and sweet tea. To celebrate the exciting variety of new tastes, they asked six artists from around the world to illustrate packaging design based on the inspiration they received from trying the iced tea.
ilovedust, Mcfaul Studio, and Tristan Eaton worked with agency Safari Sundays for the new campaign. ilovedust describes the peach flavor as “a sweet fresh taste with a twist.” McFaul’s Raspberry label (pictured above) reflects “a monster taste explosion.” And Tristan’s evocative label for sweet tea shows “that taste of absolute satisfaction.”
From September 2008 to August 2009, Matthew Monteith was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. The Academy awards one-year fellowships to four visual artists each year and recently, they created the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize in photography, specifically enabling one photographer to live at the academy while working on a project. Monteith was interested in investigating how different institutions shape the way people look at art. While in Rome, he chose to make a series of images dealing with the odd disconnect of viewing art in a hermetic environment.
With the question, “What does it mean to view art, to be educated, to be able to see the world?” in mind, Monteith followed art students, designers, scholars, tourists, and others around Rome. He visited gardens, museums, public spaces, and churches. “I was trying to describe a viewer’s paradise,” says Monteith. “This place of looking and spending time truly considering something, which is often lost in the rush of contemporary society.”
In Monteith’s photos, the viewer observes the beholder as they take in the actual object. “We study many things in abstraction. You can read forever about Bernini and how he sculpts marble, but until you actually sit there and spend a considerable amount of time with the work itself, you don’t really grasp it,” explains Monteith.
Erwin Olaf’s “Hotel, Dawn & Dusk” opened last Thursday night at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler in New York to an energetic reception. Patrons eagerly filled the expansive gallery space to view new photographs and videos by the Dutch artist. Olaf’s solo show debut in New York was “Rain and Hope,” followed by a succesful sophomore show “Grief.” “Dawn & Dusk” marks the mature succession of Olaf’s vision.
Olaf describes “Dusk” as “a dark comic strip.” In response to Dusk, Olaf shot “Dawn,” images inspired by by an encounter in Russia with pale-skinned people in characterless rooms. Dawn and Dusk are inverted mirrors of each other, one dark and one light, both enigmatic in their own right.
Also on view is “Hotel,” a body of work dealing with Olaf’s travels and the accompanying feelings of transience and anomie, the unsettled sense of passing through, and the boredom of being on one’s own.