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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
Paige McConney

February 9th, 2017 at 10:56 am

A Day in the Life: Heikal Aliakber, MKTG NY

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MKTG’s “A Day in the Life” series has spanned the US talking to our amazing colleagues. In this profile, we circle back to MKTG HQ in New York City and chat with native New Yorker Heikal Aliakber. Heikal works in Client Services on the R.J. Reynolds account, managing four mobile tours that conduct consumer engagement activity at music festivals, bars, clubs and retail locations. His days are full on- involving everything from working with major promoters to source/contract events, routing Brand Ambassadors to different locations based on strategic needs and managing on-site at client activations – from communications, creative ideation and sometimes rolling up his sleeves and hitting things with sledgehammers (seriously).

When back home in NYC, Heikel maneuvers his hometown with a nonplussed sense of know-how only true New Yorker’s can encompass – a skill that tourists must definitely gaze at with wonderment.

MKTG: What time do you wake up on a typical work day?
HA: This is highly dependent on where I’m waking up.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you have a routine?
HA: I’m the world’s worst morning person. Seriously. I could go to bed the following night, knowing that the next day will be the best day in recorded history, and I will still wake up and shake my fist in the air while yelling incoherently (like Grandpa Simpson). I feel like my brain doesn’t wake up until about 10AM, and that only happens if I do the following:
1) put food in my stomach prior to trying to actually get things done
2) shower (which may or may not serve as a platform for me to warm up my vocal cords so that I don’t grunt on the first few phone calls of the day
3) catch up on current events and anything that transpired over the period of time I was asleep. In our business, knowledge is power (but also, FOMO is real).

Your day cannot be properly started without ______…
HA: A huge bowl of oatmeal.

How do you commute to work, and do you enjoy your commute? Details please!
HA: I was born and raised in Queens, so dealing with NYC public transit isn’t anything new to me. I’m constantly traveling between Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island (where my fiancée currently lives), so suffice it to say, commuting is a major part of my life. Whether I enjoy it or not depends on the characters I meet. The dude who blasts relaxing string quartet music through a boombox on the Staten Island ferry, while doing his morning yoga routine? I’m cool with that. The dude that carries two live, noisy chickens in a puppy crate onto the E train at rush hour, while man-spreading against the pole that I’m trying to cling to? NOPE.

Does your day have a soundtrack? If so, what’s on your playlist that is a daily obsession or gives you that stroke of genius?
HA: My typical day oscillates between rap, reggae, international music, heavy metal, movie scores and slow jams. My current obsessions? “Amazing” – Spit Syndicate (Australian rap group), “Picture Perfect” – Culture Shock (hip hop/bhangra group), “No Leaf Clover” – Metallica, “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” – Kendrick Lamar, “Made You Look (Remix)” – Nas ft. Ludacris and “Time” – Hans Zimmer.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
HA: Anything NPR-related I find to be gold. But I also enjoy listening to The Joe Rogan Experience, and Anna Faris is Unqualified is charming.

Name your top five apps and why.
HA:
1) Venmo – because I’m always leaving my wallet somewhere
2) Delta – checking in early is a nervous tick of mine
3) Netflix – because I hate doing cardio, and watching new series “The Get Down” while slaving away on a
treadmill is the only thing getting me through it currently
4) Spotify – perfect for tuning out the chicken-carrying denizens of the NYC public transit system
5) News – to get my daily dose of what’s real in this world

What are some restaurants or spots near your office that make your day- from a lunch place that knows your ‘usual’ to a beautiful park- what locales do you live by?
HA: The fish tacos at Belle Reve are fantastic. But, I’m a Queens kid at heart, so most of the places I know aren’t local to the office, and are more often than not hole-in-the-wall establishments.

What after-work activity makes your week complete?
HA: I like picking heavy things up and putting them back down.

–Contributed by Heikal Aliakber, MKTG NY & Global Communications team

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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October 28th, 2016 at 10:20 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

A Day in the Life: Jonathan Zheng, MKTG APAC

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It takes a certain type of person to move abroad- especially half-way around the world. So it’s perfect timing to kick off our new “A Day in the Life” series shining the #myMKTG spotlight on Jonathan Zheng, Senior Account Manager and MKTG globetrotter extraordinaire.

Formerly on the Diageo/Captain Morgan team in New York, as of this summer Jonathan relocated to MKTG’s new-ish office in Singapore and is working alongside another former NYC-office dweller (by way of Australia), our very own Cat Lyon.

From supping laksa at hawker centers to ordering coffee in Malay, the sights and smells of being abroad are flavoring Jonathan’s new daily routine. Take a look below for a day in the life of Jonathan Zheng…

Office Location:
MKTG APAC HQ in Singapore

What do you work on
?
JZ: I’m an accounts person in title, but we’re in startup mode here in Singapore which means I wear many hats. New business development, creative, strategy, production, vendor sourcing, event management – we’re doing it all! I’m also enjoying working with Cat to collaborate with other DAN agencies here in Singapore and across the APAC region. The opportunities here for MKTG are amazing.

What time do you wake up on a typical work day?
JZ: There is no typical day. Depends on where I need to be that day and when. Usually I just find out what time my roommate needs to be up the next day, and get up 15 minutes before him so I can steal the first shower.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you have a routine? Come on, tell us!
JZ: We’re 12 hours ahead of NYC in Singapore, so the whole day is happening back home while I’m asleep. When I wake up, I try to get caught up on everything that went on back in the US – read news and current events, check sports scores, give social media a scroll-through.

Also, I’m in a group WhatsApp chat with my best friends back home. I always start my day by scrolling through the chat to get caught up on the conversation, then responding to all their corny jokes several hours late.

Your day cannot be properly started without ______…
JZ: Singaporean coffee. I take mine “Kopi C kosong peng” which is coffee with milk, no sugar, iced.

How do you commute to work and do you enjoy your commute? Details please!
JZ: I’m a 15 minute walk to work, and that was very intentional when I was apartment hunting. I walked to work in New York, too, and got way too comfortable with that routine. Fighting through crowds and riding the metro to work every morning and evening was most certainly not going to start happening now.

When you’re at work, do you wear headphones at your desk?
JZ: Yes.

Does your day have a soundtrack? If so, what’s on your playlist that is a daily obsession or gives you that stroke of genius?
JZ: Usually 90’s hip hop, but I like a little bit of everything and get in very random swings depending on how I’m feeling. On my way to work this morning the playlist was Nas, Royce Da 5’9”, Ghostface Killah, and Celine Dion.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
JZ: I’m a huge sports and pop culture fan. Love Bill Simmons’ show and his network of podcasts on The Ringer. Then some “smarter” stuff like Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, Stuff You Should Know, and of course NPR.

Name your top five apps and why…
JZ: Uber- it’s how I get around

HypeMachine – discovering new music

Couchsurfing – the most incredible resource for meeting new people internationally

Deliveroo – Singaporean Seamless for getting food delivered to me

DBS Banking/American Express – gotta track my $$$

What are some restaurants or spots near your office that make your day- from a lunch place that knows your ‘usual’ to a beautiful park- what locales do you live by?
JZ: Singapore is famous for its hawker centers – basically food courts with a wide range of local fare options. Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, char kway teow, mee goreng, roti prata, oyster omelets. Go Google Image search all of those!

What after-work activity makes your week complete?
JZ: Good dinner somewhere new and Diageo drinks. Ketel martini or Johnnie Walker Black rocks – always responsibly and in moderation!

provided by MKTG Singapore and Global Communications Team

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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August 1st, 2016 at 10:35 am