Wieden+Kennedy’s Installation Proves Advertising Is More Than Just Ads

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During the weekend there was a moment where I had to sit through a monologue about how negative the advertising industry is and how cruel the people are who work within it… Much to my dismay, this is a sentiment I hear often. To me, this is common opinion of the misinformed, and in my experience, it’s wrong. Let me tell you a “little secret” about the ad biz: all we want to do is create cool shit. Wieden+Kennedy’s (W+K) project, a Real Life Agency at Work, created in collaboration with Emily Forgot and Laurie D, is a great example of aforementioned “cool shit.”

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Nick Partyka

August 14, 2013 / By

Jay-Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’: A Performance Art Film

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I’ll confess that Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail passed me by last month. I’ve a modest interest in hip hop, but once I heard that Jay had teamed up with Samsung to release his new album free as an app (launched with the tagline “We Need To Write The New Rules”) I just figured I couldn’t be bothered. Things changed slightly when I heard that he was now a performance artist. I read Jerry Saltz fantastically entertaining piece on Vulture about him going face-to-face with the rapper during a live 6-hour performance in New York and I thought “ok, that’s a little more interesting”.

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Philip Kennedy

August 7, 2013 / By

FAILE Are Far From Failing With New Piece For VNA

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Riding off the success of Les Ballets De Faile, Brooklyn-based duo FAILE are fast on track to world domination. Last week, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), a popular street art magazine, celebrated the release of their 23rd issue with a launch party in NYC’s Lower East Side establishment, Reed Space. The issue features extensive coverage of FAILE’s work. In commemoration, FAILE hand silk-screened a limited edition design onto a series of VNA covers. Continue reading this post…

Nick Partyka

August 6, 2013 / By

Portfolio Update: Von

London based artist and illustrator Von recently updated his portfolio site with some really stunning work, as per usual. Well known for his engaging portraits and experimental, hand-painted typography, this most recent update is one of the most substantial I’ve seen in a while.

My favorite piece though was this private commission of Olympian show jumper Kamal Bahamdan. There’s such an intensity in the man’s face, the veins pulsing in the head of the horse, and the expressive lines that shoot from under the rider’s arms through the horse. The image below is just a detail of the whole piece. To see the full piece click here.

Kamal Bahamdan painting by Von

Bobby Solomon

August 5, 2013 / By

Kelsey Brookes, LSD and Painting

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Inside Kelsey Brookes' Studio Practice 1

It’s pretty well known that Kelsey Brookes has a background in science. The San Diego based artist has really started to come into his own, pushing his aesthetic and artistic limits to new levels by throwing himself curveballs making “things that he enjoys seeing.” What does he enjoy seeing? LSD molecules blown up to giant sizes and recreated in crazy, crazy colors that look a bit like you dropped a pebble into a neon rainbow puddle, an effect that he describes as being akin to “taking LSD while looking through an electron microscope at LSD.” Since TFIB has a bit of a subtle drug theme today, it’s only fitting that we share a video of Kelsey making his high-end drug inspired work.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

August 1, 2013 / By

Jon Bland Brings An Artistic Bend To Flyposting

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Throughout 2013, designer Jon Bland has been posting seven posters by seven different creatives, all featuring the phrase “No Fly Posters,” onto an abandoned Manchester Pub. Submissions have ranged from friends and family to (most recently) high-profile creatives such as Anthony Burrill, James Joyce, and Pascal Anson. No Fly Posters is a visually diverse project that leaves me enamored.

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Nick Partyka

August 1, 2013 / By

Van Gogh Paintings In Motion

Van Gogh Paintings In Motion

Luca Agnani, an Italian designer and animator, has taken the classic works of Vincent Van Gogh, and brought them to life. He’s created a short film called Van Gogh’s Shadow which shows over a dozen of Van Gogh’s paintings suddenly filled with life and movement, perhaps giving us an insight into how the artist may have seen the world he lived in.

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Bobby Solomon

July 30, 2013 / By

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