Jeffrey Deitch closes Deitch Projects with Shepard Fairey’s solo exhibition “May Day.” The show opens on May 1st, 2010 and runs until May 29th, 2010. The title refers to the multiple meanings of May Day, known as a celebration of spring, International Worker’s Day, or a distress call used by pilots, police, and firefighters in emergencies. Fairey’s new work includes portraits of artists, musicians, and political activists that he admires.
MTV’s reality show “The City” kicked off it’s second season. A spin-off of the MTV show “The Hills,” following Whitney Port’s move to New York City to pursue a fashion career, the show also stars Olivia Palermo, Roxy Olin, and Erin Kaplan also star. Jim Wright shot the cast photos in New York’s Cooper Square Hotel. Wright comments “The high intensity among the girls which usually happens in front of the cameras for MTV was in full effect in and around the set.”
Besides the stills, Wright also shot a short video that will be released shortly. Check back for updates!
Communication Arts juror and design director of ALM Media Joan Ferrell says, “Illustration still has the power to communicate, inspire and, yes, sell in a more innovative and effective way, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.” Bernstein & Andriulli artists Josh Cochran, Dan Craig, Nathan Fox, John Hendrix, Kristian Olson, and Yuko Shimizu continue to inspire and innovate. Their work appears in the 51st issue of the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.
The Selby travels the world to document “The Journey of A Man’s Wardrobe” for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection. His first stop is Paris, where he visits the Louis Vuitton family house, workshop, fashion show, and studio. The Selby’s signature watercolor illustrations can be seen around the website as well. Shanghai, Tokyo, London, and New York will be launching throughout May, so be sure to keep checking the Louis Vuitton “Journey” website for updates!
Stephen Wilkes took a photo every 10 seconds of the day for a time-lapse video inside Walmart for Fortunemagazine. All in all, 8,640 frames were taken (1,800 that are actually used) and the entire 24 hours is compressed into two minutes. The shoot took place on April 6-7, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey from 9:14pm to 9:14pm. Says Photo Editor Lauren Winfield, “The inspiration was to show that Walmart never sleeps… open 24 hours with no real daylight, you have no sense of what time of day it is. We wanted to see what the traffic flow of people coming in and out of the store looks like as a day in the life.”
The Selby traversed America from coast to coast for the Spring/Summer 2010 Converse Jack Purcell campaign by Anomaly. The signature Jack Purcell navy crescent on the toecap forms the smile for each campaign model, similar to the smile that Canadian National Badminton Champion Jack Purcell displayed when playing Badminton. Says Anomaly creative Dennis Payongayong, “We wanted to tell a story of interesting individuals in their environment surrounded by interesting stuff. We felt that people who wear Jack Purcells are just as interested about the curation of their lives as much as what’s on their feet.”
The campaign stars Harry McNally, Mirabelle Marden, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Clark James Gable, and Skye Forsyth-Peters. The five well-rounded individuals were chosen on the basis of their background, personality, and ongoing projects. McNally runs and designs his clothing label, Pegleg. Marden is the founder of the Rivington Arms gallery in New York. Casely-Hayford and his father Joe design an eponymous menswear line in the United Kingdom. Gable spends his days surfing and riding motorcycles. Forsyth-Peters is working on developing a TV show for MTV.
Julie Blackmon shoots the cover of an April issue of Time magazine for the story, “Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School?” The article describes experiments conducted across several cities in America in which groups of children are offered money as incentives for performing and behaving well in school. The results are “fascinating and surprising… kids, like grownups, are not puppets.”
Barneys threw a book party for the release of The Selby’s debut monograph, “The Selby is in Your Place” last Thursday, April 15th, 2010. The Selby is known for the intimate look that he gets into his subjects by studying their home environment, taking snapshots of their personal belongings, collections, pets, furniture, and more that describe and reflect each individual. What started out as a personal project to document the cool spaces of creative and quirky friends and their friends of friends in 2008 is now a published book by Abrams that features people such as Karl Lagerfeld, Erin Wasson, Christian Louboutin, Helena Christenson, Terence Koh, and more. Each photo session is followed by a signature hand-written interview by The Selby and a watercolor portrait of each subject. Bonus: the book comes with stickers!
Emily Nathan traveled to Wilbur Hot Springs in California to capture the wedding of Eunice and Daniel for the Spring 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Eunice and Daniel’s wedding is the focal point of “The Color Issue” and Emily’s photo graces the cover. The bride took her inspiration from Tim Walker and the wedding features a parade of animal silhouette puppets, a Vaudeville-stage altar, and flea market and vintage finds.
KTV Media International works with the Brooklyn Brothers to create the new iPhone app “IamaDalek” for BBC America. The app converts any recorded message into the voice of a Dalek, a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants from the cult British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The new era of Dr. Who premieres Saturday at 9pm on BBC America. Originally created by Terry Nation, the grating voice of a Dalek is ingrained in many a heart of science fictions fans. Thanks to the “IamaDalek” app, now anyone can become their very own Dalek. The iPhone app is available for download at the iTunes app store for free.
Martin Morrell shot the still-life images for Dior’s spring 2010 campaign celebrating the Miss Dior Chérie fragrance. The shoot took place at the Roseraie of L’Haye les Roses, a French ‘Haute Couture’ garden in the southern suburbs of Paris. Miss Dior Chérie is an interpretation of the original fragrance “Miss Dior.” The Eau de Parfum has all of the charm of Dior in a fruity chypre fragrance, the Eau de Toilette is a fresh floral chypre enhanced with springtime notes, and the L’eau is a fresh, sparkling fragrance in pastel tones.
Puma has designed a new mobile phone that markets itself as a “connected lifestyle device” with special functions for sports and lifestyle such as Puma Icon Messaging, Solarmeter (Solar Cell), Photo Sharing, GPS tracker, Bike Tracker, Run Tracker, Video Chat, Pedometer, Stopwatch, and Music Turntable. The handset also connects to the Puma online community and gives access to the Puma WORLD of news, applications, and games.
12f00t6 worked with design agency GBH to produce, animate, and direct a video that demonstrate all of the new features of the Puma mobile phone. The video appears online, in-store, and at exhibitions to promote the new phone. One half of the 12foot6 management team makes a special cameo in the video as a weatherman. Watch the video to learn all about the Puma Phone, as demonstrated by 12foot6′s entertaining animations.
Theater-goers are eagerly anticipating the revival of La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway this spring, starring Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer and Olivier Award-winner Douglas Hodge. The Spotco advertising agency is responsible for the playful neon pink-tinged campaign, shot by Uli Weber. The poster is accompanied by a video that is currently being broadcasted and shown online, also directed by Weber.
The campaign went through many iterations, some were deemed too cold, too aggressive, or not loud enough for Broadway and the flashy marquees of Times Square. Finally, Spotco found its winner with the silhouettes of men against the neon-hued letters of “La Cage.”
Stewart Cohen’s book Identity examines a series of subjects and what makes them unique as individuals. The monograph is compromised of 50 portraits, to which each person Cohen poses the question, “What makes you unique as an individual?” The hand-written answers are displayed on the facing page, giving each portrait a personal touch.
Cohen doggedly pursued characters for his project for over a decade, some were the result of hours of faxing and letter-writing, others happened serendipitously. There are rock and blues legends such as John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and Edgar Winter. Artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Fiona Rae, and Andrew Bennett hold court. Lest we forget those who advanced the sciences such as Jack S. Kilby, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking. Playwrights, novelists, directors, architects, musicians, actors, and many more characters grace the pages of Cohen’s book.
Ford continues its sponsorship of the top-rated television show American Idol. Millions of viewers tune in each week to watch aspiring singers pour their hearts out to judges and then vote for their favorites. This season Ford introduces the Ford Music Video Challenge, offering viewers the chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta by watching a Ford sponsored weekly video and answering the accompanying trivia questions.
Tristan Eaton contributed to a segment of the Ford Music Video Challenge, creating 5 splashy designs for the Ford Fiesta that celebrates the vibrant new color range and enhances the curves. Each American Idol contestant donned white suits, hopped into a Ford Fiesta, and wielded a paintball gun “applying” said designs to the vehicles to the tune of “Tick Tock Boom.”