July 16th, 2010

Nike – Lace Up and Save Lives

This is such a great initiative and I continue to be blown away by how Nike comms continually raise the bar – you’ve got bad ass csr, eye watering film after film, they’ve handed the red campaign to the masses…..not to mention the fact they’ve utterly stolen the World Cup crown from under Adidas’s nose. Pure class.

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July 06th, 2010

Stephen Bayley – old school pompousness

Don’t let this charming photo deceive you, this man is on a mission and is likely to take out anyone who gets in his way. I went to a CMW Bacon Club talk last night and was looking forward to a talk from Bayley. Amongst a list of fine accolades he is/has been Chief Exec of the Design Museum, Creative Director of the Millenium Dome, as well as architecture and design correspondent of The Observer etc.

During his talk he failed once to talk about or champion design. Instead it was a vulgar crusade of me, me, me followed by bitch, bitch, bitch. I left the talk feeling disappointed, horrified and somewhat violated in equal measure. Thank goodness I’m not from that school of thought. C_R_A_P.

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June 28th, 2010

Unexposed exposures

You know I love Warhol (hence the name of the blog) and this previously unpublished shot, which ended up on the cutting room floor for his book Exposure, just caught my eye. He shot several rolls of film every week for the book he originally titled Social Diseases.

Found via 100WordsPhotographyMag

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June 28th, 2010

Science Museum rebrand

We all love Science Museum, don’t we? So many of us remember knob-twiddling a go-go and sci-fi play as kids. Personally one of my seminal childhood memories was ‘becoming’ Superman on the green screen – loved it.

Over recent years, Science Museum has been working hard to bring in new visitors and break free of the age old ‘science is for geeks’ adage. The ‘adult-only’ lates, for example, have been proving popular. Ooerr.

Science Museum has just announced a rebrand – a continuation in their effort to present a fresh, human and more interesting self. The only thing is, it must have been on a budget…or maybe no budget. Why do I say this? Well it’s a hasty visual shortcut to present something new. A new logo, and a new font.

What they needed was a true rebrand. Something which harnesses their values, their value in today’s society and brings their story and mission to life.

The cautionary tale is you get what you pay for. And if you don’t cough up the big players won’t put out…and quite right too. Sadly, the end result just doesn’t cut it.

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June 21st, 2010

Phyllida Barlow – Serpentine Gallery

I recently attended a talk by Phyllida Barlow hosted by the wonderful Contemporary Art Society. She spoke of her current work on display at Serpentine, her ‘encounter’ (rather than collaboration) with fellow artist Nairy Baghramian and of the new decisions and hard choices she’s having to make late in her career post teaching.

Untitled: Columns 2010 

It was such a great day, the photo above shows one of Phyllida’s vast sculptural installations which look robust and imposing but upon closer inspection are actually enormously fragile.  Layer upon layer is built up, there’s a sense of movement and haste to it all of her pieces. They create a startling contrast to Nairy’s work (below) which is so quiet, polished and paired back to be the smallest interruption to the surrounding space.

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June 18th, 2010

Sally Mann: The Family and the Land

I remember Sally’s Immediate Family works from when I was at uni. Really beautiful and honest portraits of her 3 young kids. Her first UK solo exhibition is on at Photographers’ Gallery. This is a must see.

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June 18th, 2010

Early One Morning with Time to Waste, Michael Fliri (Austria)

This work by Fliri really captured my imagination this morning. The polyethylene boat bobs happily in the open sea….’Real adventures can arise from the imagination’, says the artist.  A wonderful contrast of nature and waste in a happier contrast than the oil spil and the open sea. I feel uplifted.

Check out other nominated works for the European Sovereign Art Prize here.

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June 17th, 2010

Best of BB King

Re-released this week, BB King’s very best tracks are soothing my soul this fine summers day. Join me for some foot-tapping at Spotify.

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June 15th, 2010

Lisa Snook – Bittersweet

I absolutely can’t wait to see Lisa Snook‘s show tomorrow night at St.Art. Her highly emotive work speaks of sex, death, fear, loss and love. She loves to work with found pieces that she then reworks to evoke new meanings using embroidery, latex and feathers. Here’s a sneak preview of one of her new pieces. Just gorgeous.

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