A good day painting at Not Now HQ.
This week we’ve gone all typographic, with Alex Fowkes’ timeline for Sony’s Kensington HQ.It spans 150 square metres of wall space in the buildings central atrium. It celebrates 125 years of Sony and features nearly 1000 recording artists interspersed with historical landmarks. All the big names are on there; Hendrix, Dyan, Elvis and, of course (Dan’s favourite), Il Divo.
For this weeks Good Friday how could we Not (Now) bring you ‘Ode to Defeat’ the five-metre high statue of Zinedine Zidane’s famous headbutt on Marco Materazzi!
The bronze statue, sculpted by Algerian artist Adel Abdesseme, is on display outside the Pompidou Centre in the French capital, and we say bravo to him, the Parisian authrorities for letting it happen, and in general, the defiant attitude of French; encompassed just as much in this statue, as in Zi Zu’s actual head butt!
Vive la France!
One of us was in New York recently and between eating burgers, hailing taxis and sounding ‘posh’ had the chance to check out the Alighiero Boetti exhibition at the MoMA. We love Boetti’s work and something that struck us is how contemporary both the ideas and aesthetic are.
In the early 70’s Boettis changed his name to Alighiero e Boetti (Alighiero and Boetti) creating a deliberate personal persona. ‘Twins’ (above) was a set of postcards he sent to his friends, showing him holding hands with himself (pre-photoshop).
Have a look the exhibition information and the works here.
We were VERY pleased to work with Vaughan Oliver recently as part of some workshops with Manchester School of Art.
The workshops were based on the idea of ‘Elevating the Banal’ and the outcomes were a treasure trove of concepts and ideas and most of all we had a cracking time doing it (pictured)
From these workshops our giant ‘CAPS’ zine was born. You can view the rest HERE
A big thanks to Vaughan Oliver and John Walsh for the great few days + Sue Platt for her documentings!
‘From Pet Shops to Porn’, an exhibition from the folk at OWT which highlights the changing face of Tib Street, opened on Thursday night.
Vault NQ will have fresh exhibitions displayed every two months, it’s going to be a really exciting venue and we’re planning something for it already. Watch this space.
(Apologies for the shocking photographs - we’ll try and steal some better ones soon)
Studio founder, Nathalie Pollet, was interviewed and a selection of work was featured. Here is an extract from the interview, definitely worth a read.
“When and how did you set up the studio?
After eleven years as art director of the Designlab, Nathalie Pollet gave birth to Pam and Jenny (in 2009).
They enabled her to lighten the structure of the studio, select future projects and dedicate herself personally to them with greater flexibility and freedom.
How many people work there and what are their profiles?
1 x 1 person: there’s Pam and there’s Jenny.
They are very complementary and share their skills. Pam has certainties based on experience, while Jenny doubts everything and is constantly questioning things.
Pam favours sobriety and minimalism, while Jenny prefers colour and humour.
They take turns in eating and hold brainstorming sessions to the point of schizophrenia.”
- étapes (Issue 28 Summer 2012)
We’re big fans of the unique approach, image treatment and experimental aesthetics. I think all designers would do well to exploit any schizophrenic tendencies.
More work can be found here, voila.