We’re on the fence about the “Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal,” but definitely see the subconscious art in bill posting. The constant layering and removal of bills creates spontaneous designs and organic textures akin to abstract expressionism, as seen in these photos by Romain Babeau.
1960s ad men needed to tap into contemporary culture for advertising ideas. Taking psychedelics was one way to do that.
“20 hot dogs in 90 seconds.” Some mighty interesting variations here.
Drugstore Cowboy by Jake Pearson
Meet the career con man who made a fortune selling illegal pharmaceuticals online—and pulled off a federal sting that forced Google to pay $500 million.
A Ridley Scott Associates film featuring the Jaguar F-TYPE and starring Damian Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jordi Mollà. Reminiscent of BMW’s The Hire series from 2001-2002.
Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: “The Challenge”
Four ads taken out in four different publications (Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, and Art News) used to publicize the exhibition of his now famous ‘Banality Series’ in 1988. The show happened simultaneously in three galleries, with each sculpture in an edition of 3.
Each of the full-page features depicted different parts of Koons’ reputed persona:
• A propagator of the banal: Koons is shown alongside two pigs
• A bad influence on future generations: he is in a classroom with lots of children, a blackboard contains the slogans “Exploit the Masses” and “Banality as Savior”
• A gigolo: he is standing in front of a boudoir-style tent
• A ladies man: he is with a pony and several women in bikinis
Camp Vibes: Poler’s Instructional Video from the “’80s”
And gets a new car in return.
The Mercedes CLA Project
“* A note on the subject of maintenance: It is critically important that you understand this is a vintage auto made by Northern Europeans who had a particular vision for what a car should be. While this will inevitably lead to some frustrations on your end when troubles arise, it’s important to keep a solid perspective that these minor issues are part of the entire Saab owning “experience”. Of course, if you’re not interested or not willing to take part in such a relationship, there are some solid Toyota dealerships in Paramus we could recommend.”
A catchy anti-drug PSA from 1972.
White Ad Execs Make Commercials for Black People
One added bit of history not included is Shepard Fairey’s early campaign against it.
A Brand Anthem directed by Ross Harris