A tiny little pet store quietly opened four days ago at 89 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City. Inside, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets sip barbecue sauce. A rabbit puts on her makeup. A CCTV camera nurtures its young. Breaded fish swim in a large round bowl while hot dogs live the high life under heat lamps in cages near the cash register.
The store is the newest exhibit by famed graf artist, Banksy. This is the first time that Banksy has used animatronics, and the effect is absolutely amazing. Starting the moment you read this, until October 31st (Halloween), Banksy’s pet store is officially open each and every daily from 10am until midnight.
Banksy says about the show: “New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art.”
Artist Laura Gilbert printed ‘The Zero Dollar’ protesting the breakdown of the American economy. Gilbert distributed 10,000 of the fake greenbacks in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 to call attention to the economic crisis gripping the nation.
Shouldn’t the picture on it be George Bush, not Washington? Just sayin’.
Opening yesterday and running through October 31, The Cover Band show at Gallery 1988 in L.A. gave each artist a classic vinyl album cover to use as their canvas. Amazing concept, spawning amazing work. Check ‘em out on their site. They’re priced right to grab one up.
Follow us on this one. Vail Resorts and Intrawest (owners of Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Steamboat and other ski resorts) have bad blood between them stemming from land battle lawsuits. Step in Seattle agency, Wexley School for Girls, who develops the campaign below for Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat – lampooning Rob Katz (the “Mr. V” character in the spots and current chief executive of Vail Resorts). Proceed to phone call from Mr. Katz to current Intrawest CEO, Bill Jensen, to Take Them Down! They live on on YouTube. And we now present this Three’s Company-inspired campaign to you.
Boulder-based(for all those who say Miami) Crispin Porter + Bogusky has been picked by clothing chain Old Navy as the lead creative agency on its $200 million advertising account.
CP+B will “develop seasonal campaigns that bring the brand’s fun and value-driven aesthetic to life through advertising and compelling in-store experiences,” Old Navy said in a statement late Tuesday. The new ads are scheduled to appear in March, the industry journal AdWeek said on its website. AdWeek said CP+B beat out the TBWA\Chiat\Day agency of Playa del Rey, Calif., for the account.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with this notoriously fickle account in Boulder.