NEW YORK, Jul 24, 2009 / FW/ — Celebrating the new artist edition t-shirt collection and continuing its support for the (PRODUCT) RED initiative, Gap is opening the doors to a pop-up art gallery featuring original works of art by 10 of the artists in its rotating concept venue adjacent to its 5th Ave. flagship store.
The featured artists range from the established to the up-and-coming and include James Jean, Geoff McFetridge, Non-Format by Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss, Deanne Cheuk, Keiko Itakura, Kari Moden, nomoco, James Joyce, Stephen Kelleher, Stina Persson, David Hollier and Celia Calle.
In addition to unique paintings, sculptures and sketches, the Gap RED Art Gallery also features the exclusive t-shirt designs [$28] for men and women. The Gallery is open Saturday, July 25, through, Monday, August 10.
The collection is also available at Gap stores nationwide, with select styles available at gap.com and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Now through August 30, the Whitney Museum Store will carry five women’s and five men’s styles.
In partnership with (PRODUCT) RED, 50 percent of profits from the sale of Gap (PRODUCT) RED Artist Edition T-Shirts will benefit the Global Fund, to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.
Meet the Artists:
The artists come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from poets and illustrators to designers and animators.
- James Jean is in constant search of the sublime in the forms of nature, in the rationality of design, and in the havoc of chance, rendered in pigment and pixels.
- Geoff McFetridge instinctively ignores creative boundaries. He’s a truly multidisciplinary artist. From poetry and graphics to textiles and animation, McFetridge is an all-around visual auteur.
- Non-Format is Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian) and Jon Forss (British). They believe typography and image making are two sides of the same coin. Which side is heads and which side is tails, they leave for you to decide.
- Deanne Cheuk is an artist, designer, and illustrator. She is obsessed with utopia, mountains, waterfalls, outer space, trees, clouds, the ocean, patterns, mushrooms, shadows, and colors that look almost black.
- Keiko Itakura’s work traces the complexity of happiness with adventures into the outer reaches of virtue and vice. The more you look, the more you feel.
- Swedish illustrator Kari Moden is inspired by pop art, fashion, and South American poster design. With a great sense of color, she uses her bold and expressive style to mix simple shapes with type.
- nomoco’s inspiration is nature. She enjoys playing with ink and its organic movement.
- James Joyce’s art combines bold graphic shapes, hand drawn lines, and vibrant color to create powerful, ideas-based imagery.
- Stephen Kelleher is an Irish born designer and illustrator who makes Brooklyn his home. Working under the name Frankenstyles since 2003, he regularly bullies shapes and colors to do his bidding.
- Stina Persson is an illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Celia Calle’s aesthetic is strangely alluring and undeniably powerful. Her images are ominous, commanding, sometimes warped, but always spiced with a generous injection of humor, in keeping with the artist’s effervescent personality.
- David Hollier is a New York-based graphic designer and illustrator.
Details about Artist T-Shirt Gallery:
WHEN: Saturday, July 25, through, Monday, August 10, 2009
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 680 Fifth Avenue (between 53rd and 54th Streets), New York