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Smell the Roses on the Way Along
Exposition / Exhibition
27 mars – 31 mai 2014
27 March – 31 May 2014
Vernissage / Opening
Jeudi 27 mars 2014 de 20h à 22h
Thursday 27 March 2014 from 8 to 10 pm
Mar. – Sam. 11:00 - 19:00 & sur rdv
Tues. – Sat. 11 am - 7 pm & by app.
SUZANNE TARASIEVE PARIS / LOFT 19
Passage de L’Atlas / 5, Villa Marcel Lods, F5019 PARIS
”Raise a glass to your old grandfather. Let the toast be, ‘Smell the roses on the way along.’ And remember- head up! Thumbs by the seams of your trousers, and when all else fails, laugh. Hold tightly when you’re strong, and when you have to, let go gently.”
These are the closing lines to a letter left for Neal Fox by his grandfather John Watson, and opened 20 years after his death. Over time Watson, a former bomber pilot, pulp fiction writer, chat show host and publisher, has become a kind of mythical totem figure and alter ego for Fox. In his black hat and coat Watson is our guide on a journey through time, space, and pop culture.
In his increasingly layered drawings Fox attempts to break through the space time continuum, creating Bacchanalian scenes of liberation through humour and chaos, using a cast of rebels who have helped shape our collective consciousness. Maverick scientist Wilhelm Reich channels orgone energy from the gyrating groin of Elvis Presley, Pussy Riot bury Vladimir Putin in the sands of Libertalia, the Madagascan pirate utopia described in William Burroughs Cities of the Red Night, while a Kurtz like Jim Morrison and a gorilla suited Marlene Dietrich recline in a decadent and brutal jungle inspired by the films of Werner Herzog. Infused with influences such as Hieronymus Bosch, Underground Comix, Neue Sachlichkeit, Tijuana Bibles, and the psychedelic art of L B Cole, Fox’s work follows Burroughs maxim that ”there is no line between the ‘real world’ and the world of myth and symbol”.
”Irreverent yet pulsing with obsession, Fox’s depictions of iconoclasts from Francis Bacon to Johnny Cash expose the ways in which lives are transformed into legends. Fox rips these figures from their context and tampers with cultural signifiers like a boozed up plastic surgeon”.
Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
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As part of a series of licensed movie posters that he’s been creating with Mondo, Matt Taylor has produced this painfully stylish print for American Hustle. Electing to portray five Hollywood A-Listers without a single facial detail was a bold move, but then with a set of hair-dos like these to play with, what more do you need!
Jonny Wan has been commissioned to visually explore India for this new Traveller Briefing from The Economist. This online app is part of an ongoing series of briefings concentrating on a different country each time and covering everything from financial data, history and current affairs - the perfect companion for the curious traveller and rather beautiful too thanks to Jonny’s evocative illustration.
Well… kind of…
You may remember from previous CIA blog entries, or maybe you read about it in the press, or maybe you saw the issue of Monograph that Creative Review dedicated to it, or maybe you’ve seen it here, but our wonderful illustrators descended on the V&A Museum of Childhood last year and made a ton of art under the strict art direction of little children.
Well, AMVBBDO were our partners in crime, they finessed our concept and packaged the whole thing. They worked very hard and we couldn’t have done it without their input and last night, at the Creative Circle Awards, they won Gold for the best illustration campaign!
Well done them, and well done all our fantastic artists who jumped on board and created over fifty wonderful works of art.
The award may say AMVBBDO on it, but we’re claiming a slice!
Queen of blades Julene Harrison was recently commissioned as one of a group of eleven paper cutout artists to design a lantern for Panasonic’s Cut Out the Darkness. The project aims to contribute 100,000 solar LED lanterns to people without access to electricity by 2018 - Panasonic’s centenary.
Watch Julene’s lantern spinning right here, illuminating stuff.
It’s guilty pleasure time. A certain member of CIA (who shall remain nameless) used to be drawn towards the golden arches in times of severe hangover and eat a cheeseburger, two big macs, large fries, nuggets and a strawberry shake. Dirty girl.
But we should have held off because right now, McDonalds has never looked so good!
Our friends at Boxer commissioned CIA’s Paul Oakley to create an extensive series of illustrations that graphically represent the ingredients and processes that make up the McDonalds menu. Laid out by Boxer, the textural qualities and mis-registration look great! Go on, treat yourself…
The Daniel Blau gallery on Hoxton Square is playing host to CIA’s very own wild bunch Le Gun, plus friends, this coming Thursday 12th December. This show represents a significant transition from Le Gun’s signature black and white output into glorious technicolor. So if you want to witness the moment when Dorothy opens the door, get yourself to the show and if you’re busy this week fear not, the exhibition runs until 8th February next year.
CIA’s dashingly debonair print maker, Chris Brown, is offering up his fine wares to the gift-giving public at rather inviting prices. Including prints from several of his recent illustrated books, they’re really rather beautiful and mostly stocking sized. Get there early to avoid disappointment!
As anyone who’s been to his Florence museum knows (and that means us at CIA, we are SOOO cultured) it doesn’t get much more glamorous than the Italian heel maestro Salvatore Ferragamo, shoe designer to Monroe, Hepburn and Loren. In the 1920’s he spent time in Los Angeles and was inspired by Southern California.
Well, you’re not anyone these days unless you’ve done a pop-up and Tim Marrs was invited to create an artwork inspired by one of Ferragamo’s pieces to be displayed at a Beverly Hills store during a black tie gala evening hosted by some nobody called Robert Redford and an apparent hanger-on called Brad something-or-other.
Tim’s interpretation of the Ferragamo bracelet seen in it’s original form in the separate post below, is woven into the Californian landscape that served as Salvatore’s muse and is an inspiring work of art in it’s own right.