Archive for January, 2010
Well, Asia (pronounced Ah-sha) is really the only Polish photographer I know. And if you know me, you probably also have seen her mentioned in more than a few of my Twitter and facebook entries. The recession has hurt many people for sure, but it has been particularly hard for artists. I figured I’d use this post to show a little love to artists and also shine a light on those from whom they draw the inspiration to prod on. Asia’s use of landscape, storytelling, and color is partially inspired by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in the art color photography, whose work was underwritten by Tzar Nicholas II and documented the Russian Empire from 1909 to 1915. Gorsky deserves his own post and that will come soon. In the meantime, you can read about him at this link: Wikipedia on Gorsky). And don’t forget to see Asia’s work here: Asia Kepka website (you may even see a familiar face!) Do you know someone who’s putting on a brave face in these trying times and deserves a mention?
There’s no silver lining to the tragedy that struck Haiti on January 12. In a nation already teetering on a razor’s edge, the devastation wrought by the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in 200 years cannot be measured by the cost to rebuild, the number left homeless, or the ever rising death toll. But amidst the suffering, the pain, and the uncertainty there have been rays of hope, and outpouring of international support has united our global community in unprecedented ways.
At MKTG we were obviously shaken by reports and images of the destruction, awed by the magnitude of charity and support – but also concerned with Haiti’s future. “What happens after the cameras and network anchors are gone?”
Rather than wait for the answer, we decided to become part of the solution. With generous contributions from Nike, Nintendo, Diageo among others, we’ve opened our doors tonight for cocktails and a silent auction. All donations will be going to Voice of Haiti, an organization focused on rebuilding communities.
With Apple expected to announce its new tablet tomorrow, rumors are running rampant. Mashable has rounded up two great visualizations of its design and functionality. Essentially, the so-called Slate (or iSlate, who knows?) will let us play with multitouch, and it’ll look good doing it.
As much as we all like pretty things, the real draw is going to be what the tablet can actually do. The New York Times has reported that the tablet is expected to run iPhone apps. Apparently, app tracking and mobile analytics companies are picking up a high number of apps around Cupertino, CA running on unknown device types. Ones in heavy usage include news readers (will it be a Kindle killer?), multiplayer games, and practical thingamabobs like restaurant finders.
Anyway, like most everything Apple comes up with, this tablet will probably be pretty darn cool and a game changer to boot. Steve Jobs, I want my new toy. Please make my birthday come early and announce this thing already!
Image of Apple tablet patent from Engadget
The Three Wolf Moon shirt is arguably my favorite meme in the history of the internets – right up there with Chuck Norris Facts, LOLcats, and demotivational posters. Difference is none of the other three are being named the “Official T-shirt of New Hampshire Economic Development.”
No, seriously: Amazing article here.
Picture this: It’s the eve of a new century, 2099. You’re settling back on a comfy floating sofa, watching the countdown of the 21st Century’s greatest athletes on ESPN14. You have a beer in hand. (As long as there are sports, there will always be beer.)
But what else will there be? Will you be watching virtual TV; hologram players and coaches in your living room plugged in through the jack in the back of your skull. Or, some other mind-blowing experience that’s still a twinkle in the eye of Bill Gates Jr.? What will be the national pastime? Football? Women’s soccer? NASCAR with souped-up hover crafts, and courses that span the entire U.S.? Combat Tiddlywinks? Will some sports and stadiums go away all-together due to no one ever leaving their homes again?
Stephen Wiltshire is an artist with autism who draws extremely lifelike, accurate and detailed cityscapes completely from memory, sometimes after having only a brief look. Last year he made an 18 foot long drawing of the entire New York skyline after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter overhead.
He’s also made panorama’s of Rome, Tokyo, Dubai, London, and a bunch of other major cities around the world. Stephen was born mute, learning to speak around the age of 9, mostly encouraged by having his artist materials taken away so he would have to ask for them. Have a look at the links for more info on this incredible man.
Talk about life imitating 6 degrees of separation or something. I was invited by an online acquaintance from (of all places) the World of Warcraft. I’ll explain what the hell I’m doing in the nerd-fest known as WOW another time.
But it was precisely because of the unusual connection, and not that I’m especially latex-curious, that I showed up to support my “guildmate” as she competed for Miss Rubber World 2010.
Art Basel in Miami is arguably the most important art show in the states, but in the past couple of years it began to transform into a red carpet, who’s who, seen and be seen, reflection of its former self. Art will always find a canvas so I have faith that Basel won’t get totally swallowed like the fashion world’s Magic Show in Las Vegas.
One of the cool things from 2009’s Basel is Trustocorp. Their signs started by popping up in New York’s financial district and has been recently seen in Detroit and the Dumbo neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Pay attention to the signs in your city, maybe Trustocorp’s winged T logo has been there.
On Exhibition now in Chelsea is Virgil Marti at Elizabeth Dee 1/9/10-2/20/10 at 545 West 20th Street. Go and enjoy. Here’s the link to the Gallery Website and better pics of the work: http://www.elizabethdeegallery.com/
I spend a lot of time collecting and listening to music. Each year, I try to write off all the money I spend expanding my music collection on my income tax return as “research.” I think this is a totally fair line item to claim. I have learned, and continue to learn, a lot about marketing and branding from the bands I listen to.
Whether it’s the importance of a great logo (NIN), or creating an artistic aura of mystique and curiosity by not including any song titles on an album sleeve (New Order), I think it’s fascinating how musical acts present and sell themselves. Don’t kid yourself; they all do it. From the corporate Timberlake to indies Diplo or Passion Pit.