• 7.10.14

    Jimi Crayon gets playful with American Express

    Companies as iconic as American Express are firm in their brand identity. In their 160-year history, AmEx has fostered a reputation as being a serious financial institution that offers leverage into financial security and responsibility. They represent a rite of passage. The first green card is a ticket to financial maturity, and a first step into adulthood. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun.

    This season AmEx, through the agency Alldayeveryday, tapped a bunch of artists to reinterpret their classic cards in their Card Art series. Jimi Crayon was one of those artists, and he worked with one of the most established brands in the world. Each card retains Jimi’s signature hand drawn style, with scrawled lines, interspersed between the evolving sophistication of other elements. Each card almost represents a stepping-stone for that portion of life where one might hold that card. As Jimi says, “you end up with a subtle evolution from light-hearted and fun to photographic to classic.“ 

    First, in the green card, we have drawn donuts and hotdogs, showing a fun, carefree nature. The gold card has crisp, angular diamonds for a smoother feel. Finally, the platinum card features the timeless opulence of photographed flowers; images of a life well lived. “The word Platinum evokes feelings of modern prestige, so I knew I wanted to end up with something clean, classic, and almost luxurious”

    It’s not every day a brand like AmEx reaches out for a fresh take on their timeless products. “Working closely with a company like AmEx to create something special is obviously a dream,” Jimi says. “It feels great to be given that kind of trust and respect.” That kind of freedom and respect is rare when working on that level. It’s a credit to American Express that they’re willing to reach out to the creative community to help inject a new kind of energy and recontextualize their identity. “It’s great to see a 160-year old company continuing to innovate and doing something a little different,” says Jimi. “It’s quite amazing that they’ve invited artists to help reinterpret them.”

  • 3.26.13

    Gerald the Dog Comes to New York City

    Gerald is not your ordinary dog. Gerald was born in 2008 as part of a rebrand for British design studio Lazerian and came as nine easy to assemble paper panels. Starting in 2011, hundreds of Geralds were shipped to artists' studios all over the world with the only instruction for creatives being to put their own spin on it. Now all 100+ Geralds have been wrangled and can be seen together for the first time starting in May. B&A artists Jimi Crayon, Kai & Sunny, Simon Spilsbury, Stan Chow, and Tatiana Arocha will all have their very own Gerald on display at the exhibit. The exhibition will run from May 17-19th with a special preview on Thursday the 16th in New York City.

    Jimi Crayon's Gerald (pictured above) is aptly titled "The Universe, flys, diamonds, rocks and paint". Here's what he had to say about his creation: "I like to work across any and all mediums. I decided to bombard my Gerald with everything I was working on at the time to capture some real energy and variety. I worked across a flattened Gerald randomly placing my imagery across the cuts and folds with little thought, meaning the piece could take on a life of its own during construction. I didn't really know how it would look until I saw the finished dog."

    Kai & Sunny: "Flower"
    "Sunny and I were amazed by the structure of the Gerald Dogs so when asked to be involved it was a definite yes. The large Gerald has so many platforms and angles our flower print felt like the correct piece. Our line work fitted the various platforms perfectly. For us to see our 2D print 3D was very exciting. We were thrilled with the result."

    Simon Spilsbury: Dogod 01 & Dogod 02
    About Dogod 01:
    "You don't get to draw on an origami dog very often, so that was inspiring enough. This was experimental and painted after construction so was a bit suck it and see. I have a spontaneous, impatient style and it was a test not to stamp on the damn thing when it started bending in my grip as I wrestled with its planes and angles. I used spray paint and stencils to start, adding character detail later. I think I painted it out twice and started again before settling with the madness you see in front of you."

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    About Dogod 02:
    "This was drawn onto template. An altogether easier task than manoeuvring brushes and pens around the constructed version. I adopted my BuiltByPeople amorphous characters, laid down on a sprayed background."

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    Stan Chow: Pink Tulips
    "When I first saw the actual model, the first thing I did was to give it cartoon eyes and pair of wings. This is what naturally comes first when I doodle. I tried it and I thought it would have looked like I was taking this project seriously. Ultimately I just wanted to do something simple and elegant, as that's how I want most my work to look, so I decided on a repeat flower pattern."

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    Tatiana Arocha: Don't Stay Too Long in the Woods
    "I love the process of illustrating, losing all sense of time while imagining entire worlds down to the finest detail. I want people to fully immerse themselves in my images discover something new with every viewing."

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    Exhibition Details:
    Gerald and James Exhibition, New York
    Curated by Liam Hopkins. Presented by LAZERIAN in partnership with James Cropper
    Friday 17 - Sunday 19 May 2012, 10AM - 5PM daily (preview Thursday 16 May, 6:30PM)

  • 11.12.12

    JIMI CRAYON Lights Up Times Square with Microsoft

    Last week JIMI CRAYON and Kiji battled it out live in Times Square using one of Microsoft's new apps, Fresh Paint. The battle was held in conjunction with the launch of Windows 8 and the Windows pop up store in New York City. For 75 minutes, JIMI CRAYON and Kiji drew furiously in front of a large crowd. In the end, JIMI CRAYON came out victorious and won the battle 2-1.

    On the second day, JIMI CRAYON used the Fresh Paint app to create a design that was split and projected across 20 different screens, including the 25-story, 15,000 square foot stack at the American Eagle store.

  • 5.10.10

    Pop Up Pirates: CIA and Pirates Open New Pop-Up Bar in Clerkenwell

    The Mothership Group, Central Illustration Agency, and Pirates have opened up a pop up bar as art installation project. Pop-Up Pirates will be open from May through August as a late-night bar featuring art installations. The Mothership Group is a nightlife group, Central Illustration Agency is an artist management agency, and Pirates is a collective of artists that work with mixed media such as spraypaint, set-design, paper, film, and filmography. The 4am license ensures the party will continue long into the night.

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