Anthony Burrill has created a series of posters with photographer Robbie Augspurger to bring attention to the 100,000 Americans shot every year as a result of gun violence. Burrill’s boldness and wit neatly highlight the fact that the terrorists and the zombies that feature in the targets across the 18,000 shooting ranges in the US are a distant fantasy from the reality that most of the time, the victims are our friends, neighbours or children.
Innocent Targets is launching at Protein on 12 November, with print sales of the poster targets going towards The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. The project is an initiative of creative studio Banana and Associates.
Adrian Johnson has been commissioned by the Tour de France and Transport for London to create posters to both commemorate and communicate the great cycling race, as it passes through London. The designs for the two posters can be seen across London as part of of the race wayfinding and other signage, as well as across the transport network. Widely praised as fresh and eye-catching but in the spirit of the great transport posters of the past, Adrian’s designs are also available to buy from the London Transport Museum shop.
Andy Rementer just closed an exhibition of new paintings and drawings at Mondo Cane in New York. Following on from last year’s painting show ‘I Wish I Knew‘, ‘Meet Me Later‘ continues to reveal snapshots of loneliness in the urban landscape; furtive moments of people trying to connect with eachother and the city.
Mat Maitland was commissioned by Tate to create a trailer for their blockbuster exhibition of 2014, Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Working with animator Paul Plowman, Mat created a short that evokes Matisse’s working process later in life, when he began ‘carving in colour’ with scissors. The exhibition runs until 7 September.
Secret 7s – the charity record fair that gives music fans the chance to pick up a unique 7″ vinyl artwork by a world-famous artist, designer or unknown upstart returned again this year – culminating in a hugely impressive exhibition and the sale of all singles going direct to War Child. Seven hundred one-of-a-kind record covers were created for this year’s event, by a choice line up of names including Sir Paul Smith, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Fred Deakin, Dan Tobin Smith and Big Active. Contributors were invited to create an artwork inspired by a song – and each record offered for sale for £45 on Record Store Day. Buyers don’t actually know who’s created the sleeve or which song they’ve purchased until they’ve handed over their money. This years songs were: Black Sabbath, Age Of Reason; Elbow, Grounds For Divorce; Jake Bugg, Strange Creatures; Lorde, Team; Massive Attack, Karmacoma; Roxy Music, Virginia Plain; and T-Rex, Get It On.
The sleeves by Big Active artists are revealed here….
Matt Furie was invited by Darren Aronofsky to be part of an exhibition to accompany the film director’s latest movie, Noah. Alongside FAILE, James Jean, and other artists, Matt created Animal Planet (above) for the exhibition, which launched in New York and is currently touring the United States. As Aronofsky explains, ‘I was curious what other minds would come up with if they tried to represent the original (Noah’s ark) story. So I decided to reach out to my favorite artists and ask each of them to return to Genesis and create something in his or her own medium. The response was overwhelming.’
Big Active Creative Director and lifelong MJ fan, Mat Maitland, has created the cover for the new Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’. Mat explains, “I really wanted to create an image of Michael that felt current, like a brand new album, rather than something that felt retrospective and it was important to me to evoke his magic and otherworldly presence.” The album, containing 8 previously unreleased songs produced by the likes of Timbaland and Stargate, is out on May 13. See more