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MKTG Art Pairings

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From left to right: Kokoshen Li, Curator, ArtFuse Inc., Zhang Lanjun, Xu Jin, Peter Office; Artwork behind by Zhang Lanjun

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rooster, we were pleased to welcome world-reknowned artists, Xu Jin and Zhang Lanjun, two leading Chinese artists, to unveil their exhibitions at our NYC Global HQ. Last night, 150 guests toured the exhibit and were treated to a Lion Dance bringing luck to everyone in attendance.

Organized by New York – based independent curator Kokoshen Li, the exhibition features a total of 22 recent paintings. Reflecting Xu Jin’s and Zhang Lanjun’s respective life experiences, these works manifest widely different styles, ranging from realistic to semi-abstract to abstract. The two bodies of work are formally distinct but have a common feature – saturated colors and many delicate layers. The brushstrokes are heavy yet elegant, the overall images captivating. Contemplating any of the paintings, one can sense the emotional upsurge in the artist at the moment of creation. Viewing the works one after the other, one travels through diverse artistic visions of the world.

Xu Jin has a place in Chinese art history as a leader of the’ 85 New Wave, a pioneering post – Mao avant – garde movement. Xu later immigrated to New York, where he has since lived and worked for 30 years. As he says, “Half of my life is in America and the other half is in China.” Xu Jin’s style is firmly rooted in Chinese tradition, yet marked by a free, romantic vigor reflecting his decades of immersion in the Western social and artistic environment.

Zhang Lanjun, born in the 1963 in Jiangsu Province, took his initial training in copper etching. His painting style is sometimes delicate and timeless, like that of ancient Chinese painters, and sometimes wild and restless, in the manner of the contemporary action painting school. In this show, he presents nine examples from his “Metamorphosis” series and “The Book of Revelation.” In these melodious, cheerful, playful, and occasionally peculiar works viewers experience over and over again the seemingly invisible but tangible struggle between the flesh and the soul.

Take a look below to see artwork from this world-renowned pair as well as photos from the Lion Dance:

 

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Written by Paige McConney
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February 9th, 2017 at 10:56 am

MKTG Presents: Pairings // An Art x Music Experience

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Last week, MKTG New York held our first Pairings // An Art x Music Experience, an exclusive series promoting creative artists and cultural inspiration. Our launch event featured art by Ralph Miller and music by DJ Zev, who spun beats among our office’s chic, pop art-infused space- a fitting backdrop as MKTGers and Dentsu Aegis Network partners sipped Diageo brand cocktails.

Growing up in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, Ralph Miller was influenced by Central American and Caribbean Art. For the past 30 years, Ralph has created cutting-edge experiential media and attractions. DJ Zev, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has spun at some of the most recognized clubs and events around the world; and for celebrities and brands such as Nick Cannon, Fergie, Eva Mendes, Red Bull, MTV, Porsche, Macy’s and Disney.

 

–Contributed by MKTG Global Communications team

 

 

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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October 26th, 2016 at 4:48 pm

SportsBusiness Journal Visits MKTG’s NY HQ

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CEO Charlie Horsey and his favorite work by Roy Lichtenstein he picked out for his first office decades ago

 

FROM SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL:

Posted on October 24, 2016

Lifestyle/event marketing agency MKTG’s design prowess is evident throughout its sleek offices in lower Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

On the walls are two pieces from seminal pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. “Twenty-five years ago, I had my first office and a $500 decorating budget,” said Charlie Horsey, the agency’s CEO. “The Haring is about having fun, and the pointing Lichtenstein is about accountability.’’

Also on the wall is a certificate signed by Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck, certifying that Horsey graduated from Disney University in 1988, with a “Mousters Degree.” Earning that diploma entailed working at Disney World and donning a Disney costume.

Shoutouts to his hometown St. Louis include a St. Louis Cardinals logo inside of the pocket door leading into his office. “Sometimes, I have to hide it,” he said with a laugh.

New executives of parent company Denstu climb Mount Fuji as a rite of passage. Horsey ascended in June with hundreds of co-workers: “Five and half hours up and 2 1/2 hours down, and we wrote postcards at the top, wishing our clients well.”

Across the hall, there’s a full tavern setup, in tribute to client Diageo, along with a coffee bar. Horsey insists his routine is more caffeine- than alcohol-infused, but his ability to draw a perfect Guinness pint is impressive nonetheless.

MKTG Chief Creative Officer Ben Roth handled much of the office design.

PHOTOS BY PATRICK E. MCCARTHY

A variety of natural textures and lighting add to the open, inspiring environment at MKTG’s headquarters.
Global brand communications director Stephanie Rudnick chooses a soda from the soda machine customized by the MKTG NY Creative Department.
Hometown shoutout to Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, Charlie’s home team.

MKTG Chief Creative Officer Ben Roth commissioned local artist Andrea von Bujdoss to paint a staff entrance with something powerful and thought-provoking for employees to see as they come and go each day: “What Tomorrow Holds.”

A fierce Mickey Mouse stands watch in the office, a not to Charlie’s time at Disney U

Horsey earned his “Mousters Degree” in 1988.
Disney University participants. That’s Charlie in the striped shirt on Mickey’s left!
A pint is never far away with offerings from long-standing client Diageo at the MKTG bar across the hall from his office.
A subtle, overhead reminder of the firm’s call letters in homage to it’s original NYC HQ in Chelsea Market.
Horsey joined new Dentsu employees on an annual Mount Fuji excursion in Japan with Dentsu President and CEO Tadashi Ishii.
Photo: COURTESY OF DAN
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MKTG & Smirnoff House at EDC: F17 FTW!

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From June 17-19, EDC Las Vegas was the launchpad for Smirnoff’s F17 brand expression campaign, in support of their “We’re Open” platform. Smirnoff House is not a new idea, as the brand had executed it in Europe, but our our Extreme Home Makeover: MKTG Edition, was more than evolutionary. The client’s resounding acknowledgement that the evolution of this idea had really helped create an experience beyond previous executions was a testament to the risk-taking conceptualization, revolutionary spirit, and heart-rate elevating efforts (from concept pitch to roof pitch) that MKTG continues to employ with everything we touch.

It was a house filled with good vibes. It was a house filled with love, inclusivity and diversity.

It was a house filled with forward thinking.

It was also an innovative house filled with cameras broadcasting live and programmed content to screens masked in picture frames on every wall of our house.

The photos below don’t even begin to highlight the energy in and around the house, but a little scan of the internet will get you a little closer to how MKTG is helping Smirnoff reach the 100M impressions that the campaign is set out to achieve in F17.

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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June 23rd, 2016 at 10:32 am

#Match Made in HEL(sinki) a Fashion First

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MKTG Finland were proud to be a trusted partner of Finnair and Finavia to help make this super sexy, never-been-done before fashion show on the runway of the Helsinki Airport called #MatchMadeInHel come to life. The Runway show on May 24th was part of a series of events and featured the designs of seven of the most intriguing designers from Asia and Europe. Check out the video below, this article from VOGUE ITALIA: A special diary from Helsinki by FRANCESCA BOTTENGHI or the #MatchMadeInHel Website.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 1st, 2016 at 10:58 am

Guest Q&A: Joey Jalleo, Standard International, talks Met Ball, Bora Bora and Burberry

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Joey Jalleo Photo by Jerome Jakubiec

 

For this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Joey Jalleo, VP of Culture and Communication for Standard International, the parent company for The Standard Hotels in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. Joey has been with The Standard for six years and following being part of the team that launched NY’s hottest hotel property, The Standard, High Line and its storied nightclubs, the Boom Boom Room and Le Bain, he now oversees all PR, programming, digital initiatives, special projects and culture for all five Standard-branded properties in the US. Joey joined after ten years working in PR/events for some of the world’s biggest luxury consumer brands. He brings his understanding of the events and media business, as well a passion for art, fashion, entertainment and design to his job every day, to ensure that his properties continue to be some of the most popular and highly-regarded in the world.

We caught Joey, bright eyed and bushy tailed, the morning after their annual Met Ball After Party at the Top of the Standard (aka The Boom Boom Room) in NYC.  

 

Thanks for joining us today Joey!  We know that last night, you hosted one of the most popular events of the year on the NYC social calendar – the “unofficial” after party for the storied Met Ball. How did this begin and how did it go this year? 

In May of 2010, I asked André [Balazs] if we could open the Boom Boom Room on a Monday night (a night we are normally closed) so that we could throw an informal after-party to the Met Gala uptown.  It’s NYC’s star-studded event of the year, but for us, it was meant to be casual…nothing too over-the-top; like a house party.  I reached out to our fashion designer and society friends, and invited a few of them down to the property post gala.  Before I knew what was happening, word had spread and the room was filled with all the uptown attendees who trekked from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District. That night was incredible and everyone had an amazing time and felt part of something special. That night laid the foundation for what was to be a momentous annual tradition for The Standard.

2015 was no exception. 

MKTG did the research and learned (although Joey wouldn’t confirm, being the consummate professional that he is) that the following celebs attended the after party until the wee hours at The Top of the Standard: Katy Perry and John Mayer, Leonardo diCaprio, Bradley Cooper, P Diddy, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Allison Williams, Robert Pattinson and his fiancée FKA twigs, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Chase Crawford, Jennifer Connelly, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Campbell, Matt Bomer, Mickey Rourke, Kate Mara, Emily Blunt, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Joshua Jackson, and of course, Standard founder, Andre Balazs and many others, including DJ Samantha Ronson who kept people dancing all night.

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You attend a ton of events around the world. Where have you been most recently and what about the event do you remember most?

I love how digital has been woven into events, especially when it is done well. While in Los Angeles a couple of weeks back, I was very fortunate to be invited to Burberry’s London in Los Angeles fashion show and party. It was truly spectacular. They took over Griffith Observatory. Everyone was in attendance…the Beckham Family, Elton John, Cara Delevingne, Rose Byrne, Kate Beckinsale, Mila Kunis, Ryan Seacrest and Anna Wintour to name a few. Jourdan Dunn opened the show. Naomi Campbell closed. They flew in ten real guards from Buckingham Palace (First Battalion Grenadier Guards to be exact) to walk the runway post-show. As they got to the end of the catwalk, the massive Burberry walls opened up to reveal the after-party on top of the hill overlooking Los Angeles.  SPECTACULAR!!

Burberry-the-show-6-Vogue-17Apr15-pr_bAs the Grenadier Guards’ drums beat, the models and guests file out onto the lawn for the party.

Have you experienced something at an event recently, technology or programming-wise that blew your mind? Where was it and what was it?

At the same aforementioned Burberry event, they had the guards perform a “show” while an extensive video projected across the building’s facade featuring digitally reproduced guards parading across the building. Also, their invitation for the show and party arrived in video form. Impressive.

You’re quite the jet setter. What’s been the best trip/city place or places and why? 

I am grateful for all of the amazing places I get to see as part of my job, and I travel quite often but mostly to our properties in LA and Miami, or to London. But a few weeks back, I traveled with my family to French Polynesia. Wow. We were there for ten days and started our trip on a small island an hour out from Tahiti call Huahine. The crystalline waters, the perfect weather, the fresh food. All incredible. Then we spent four days on a catamaran with a captain and chef where we toured the islands of Raiatea and Taha’a. The only way to end the trip was with two days in Bora Bora in over-the-water bungalows.  The lagoons were our private swimming pools, and I finally understood what heaven on earth meant.

What’s your personal mantra or quote you live by and why? 

“Leap and the net will appear” because you can never take out an insurance policy on a risk with real return.

paddle boarding JJ Joey’s last day in Bora Bora

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Restaurant Patrons Hungry for Experiential

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Ready for an elevated dining experience? Diners are looking for a satisfying meal, but they’re also looking for a unique experience. Restaurants are forced to be creative and have begun experimenting with adventurous forms of serving food to their patrons.

Roller Coaster Restaurants anyone? Probably not for everyone but Rogo’s Roller Coaster Restaurant in Abu Dhabi spans 14,000 square foot and offers 30 individual roller coaster tracks that loop, spiral and spin around diners to deliver the menu and food to tables. Since the restaurant has no servers, diners place their orders through tablets at their tables. When the food is ready, the kitchen puts it in a covered pot and shoots it down one of the tracks to your table. The tracks range from multi-spiral to double-loop, reaching speeds of up to 12mph.

Every aspect of the customer experience adds up to overall satisfaction. Creating memorable, entertaining aspects is at the heart of brand experience. Campaigns come and go, but in today’s world creating memories through experiences is what people care about, it’s what people talk about.

What good is your brand if it doesn’t evoke an experience?

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What’s in Your Wallet, Emmett?

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Have you looked at your business card recently? If not you should. MKTG INC’s cards are known for their unique perspective and purpose (the latter being expressly to embarrass their bearer, natch). This column takes a look at the business cards of our coworkers and hears the stories behind them. Here’s the story behind the business card of Emmett Aiello, Senior Design Director in MKTG INC’s New York headquarters.

This Emmett Aiello in front of you wanted to be a baseball player when he grew up.
This was my dream when I was 10. Since then it’s been a slow pulverization of my dreams, hopes and ambitions at the hands of a world too insensitive and ignorant to recognize my greatness.

We feel he’s hit a few home runs already.
Slight embellishment here. There were no actual home runs. I hit the fence once, had another one caught right at the fence by some snotty little dirtbag, and then got thrown out at home trying to leg one out. One year I did lead the league in HBP, however. (Editor’s Note: That’s Hit by Pitch, if you’re curious.)

He storyboarded the 81st Academy Awards, worked on the set design for our favorite shows The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, and now he’s working for us (maniacal laugh).
Some shameless self-promotion, this. I feel bad about it. But not as bad as you all should feel when considering the fact that you didn’t get to draw a barely representative version of Hugh Jackman dancing in a tux above the caption “Hugh Jackson – dancing!”

He tells us the best thing about his job is “starting with a blank page and filling it with something smart and beautiful”
They left off the rest of the sentence “…before it’s stripped of all its beauty by Allen Goldman.” #neverforget

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Ai on Alcatraz: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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From a hill in San Francisco, Alcatraz doesn’t look like a cerebral place. The famed, now-defunct prison blends seamlessly into the tan rock bobbing in the middle of the Bay and gives off a faint aura of mob-era menace and Nicholas Cage’s glory days. In a city filled with ever-evolving street art, a vibrant contemporary gallery scene and internationally renowned museums, one of the last places you would look for a groundbreaking art show would be in the middle of the water.

And yet, the confluence of Alcatraz’s history, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and San Francisco’s own FOR-SITE Foundation seemed to be a perfect mix. When Cheryl Haines, the Executive Director of FOR-SITE Foundation, approached the artist with the idea for the show, Ai was restricted from leaving China since his passport was revoked in 2011. His work, specifically created for exhibit within the famed prison, was developed in his Beijing studio using spatial plans provided to him from the FOR-SITE Foundation staff and then recreated remotely in California using the artist’s exacting directions.

Ai is an ideal artist to feature in a place like Alcatraz, and FOR-SITE is theoretically an ideal group to help make that show a reality. FOR-SITE describes itself as dedicated “to the creation, understanding and presentation of art about place,” and ideally used their resources to marry the work of an artist particularly concerned with social justice and human rights with a location particularly rich in matters of justice and activism. Four rooms in the prison are dedicated to exhibits; one large gallery spread with LEGO portraits of significant human rights activists was particularly moving.  The exhibit, titled ‘@Large’, is open through April 26, 2015.

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December 2nd, 2014 at 9:27 am

MOXY Gives Artists a Blank Canvas

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MKTG INC London recently traveled to Milan, Italy, for the opening of the first ever Moxy Hotel – a new lifestyle, design-led economy hotel brand from the Marriott group.

The launch event marked the crescendo of ‘Blank Canvas‘ – a six-month campaign designed and produced by MKTG INC that positioned the brand as a supporter of young mural artists to help it engage with its target millennial audience.

Over the past six months, more than 300 mural artists globally entered works of art inspired by Moxy. Three finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, including the editors of our media partners Street Art News and Global Street Art.

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More than 150 travel media, bloggers and influencers from across Europe attended the event, which was hosted by MTV presenter and top model Laura Hayden and Redbull DJ Stefy Oyadi. The launch climaxed with the Blank Canvas contest finale, in which the artists created a live piece of artwork in just 60 minutes in front of the party crowd.

The winner, Nune Kerobyan, won €3,000 and the opportunity to contribute to the design of future Moxy locations throughout Europe.

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