DKNYARTWORKS

About DKNYArtworks

The former DKNY mural on Houston Street became a New York City icon and unofficial entrance to the SoHo neighborhood from 1992 to 2008, capturing the spirit and the skyline of Manhattan. This summer, DKNY brings the iconic logo back completely reimagined with the #DKNYARTWORKS project. Ten commissioned artists in ten international cities were asked to create original artwork framed within the letters of the DKNY logo, reinterpreting the iconic SoHo wall through their own unique artistic perspective, inspired by New York City.

#DKNYARTWORKS is a global collection of outdoor art installations designed to connect DKNY, New York and art within ten cities around the world. Each original work captures an artistic expression of the New York City skyline within the frame of the DKNY logo, bringing New York to the world.

BEHIND THE LETTERS -
THE ARTISTS AND THE WORKS

THE SOHO WALL -
THE CREATION OF AN ICON

THE CITIES
Explore the work of Amy Gartrell

New York

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"I JUST CALLED TO SAY"

“The pattern is based on one of our icons (a split face) we keep reusing. We thought it would make sense to repeat it multiple times on this project. They are the multifaceted faces (the grey faces in pyramid pattern show that as well) of our city, NYC. The black and white image we kept simple to the usual complexity of our work so the viewers can decipher the image and feel connected to it. The black and white image is a character playing a love song (instrument and a heart) transmitting his message via telephone to his fellow New Yorkers (represented by the many faces in the background). The character is supposed to be an individual in a sea of the people of New York City. Although there are so many people in the city, the individual can still find himself (or herself) alone sometimes and in need of love."

How & Nosm

New York

How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level. Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S. you will be likely to encounter their work. Commissioned and facilitated, they have become sought after artists, an ironic progression, where the outsiders have become insiders and are currently redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.

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  • Times Square Billboard

    7th Avenue & 48th Street

    Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway (now converted into a pedestrian plaza) and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square – iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", and the "The Great White Way"] – is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

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New York

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"TESTING 1"

"My aesthetic- graphic, optical, color, experience, but grounded in a kind of cultural reality and placed in time, in my now. I've always been really interested in color, and the emotions and feelings that color can draw out, changing perceptions and shifts in perception and reality…"

Amy Gartrell

New York

Born in Berkeley, CA in 1974, Amy Gartrell attended the Cooper Union in NYC where she received her BFA. She has lived and worked in New York since 1992. Gartrell is a mixed-media artist who works with diverse materials. Gartrell’s use of varied media is a hallmark of her practice, from airbrush to ceramics, leaded glass and collage. Influenced by a wide variety of cultural productions and constructions, she has addressed popular culture, psychology, and various 20th century cultural and design movements. She has had solo exhibitions at the Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, La Panaderia, Mexico City, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, P.S. 1, Queens and Greene-Naftali Gallery, New York. Gartrell’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at the Whitney Museum at Altria, Mary Boone Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Contemporary Art Gallery at The University of Connecticut. Gartrell’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the New Museum, New York.

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  • Yankee Stadium

    1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

    Yankee Stadium is a baseball venue located at The Bronx in New York City. It is the home ballpark for the New York Yankees, one of the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises.

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport

    Terminal 1

    John F. Kennedy International Airport is an international airport in the borough of Queens in New York City owned by the City of New York and leased to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, about 12 miles southeast of Lower Manhattan.

  • DKNY Madison Avenue Store

    60th & Madison

    The DKNY Madison Avenue boutique is the New York Flagship boutique.

  • DKNY SoHo Store

    West Broadway between Prince & Spring

    DKNY's SoHo store is the downtown counterpoint of the Madison Avenue boutique.

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London

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"UNTITLED"

“The idea [behind “UNTITLED”] is a collage abstraction of the map of Manhattan and slight areas of the other boroughs. My idea was to try to create an aesthetic that is true to my first few experiences in New York City when I was younger, which I believe is shared by most people visiting the first time. I used paper collage along side hand painted graphics and typography to emphasize what I feel is the beautiful juxtaposition of Chaos vs. Order in NYC. Bright lights, Advertising, a surge of information, the rush of the city against the instantly recognizable grid system of Manhattan and structured design of the map."

Roids

London

Born in 1982, London Based artist Roids began painting in the late 90’s and has spent the last ten years building a solid international reputation for innovation and technical skill. His constant evolution of the conventions of New York Subway graffiti has never stayed still and neither has he. After his sellout debut solo show in summer 2012 he is now working as a fine artist and creative director from his south London studio, continuing to influence and change the way people think about graffiti.

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  • DKNY London Store

    27 Old Bond Street

    DKNY's London store was renovated in the summer of 2012 and offer's the New York brand's full collection.

  • DKNY Manchester Store

    76-80 King St

    The DKNY Manchester store eschews the energy and spirit of New York City in downtown Manchester.

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Milan

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"NY DOUBLE"

"The poetry of my work is born in the instant, in instinct...I started working with Polaroids and I never abandoned it because I'm very instinctive, I use my gut as an artist and I really like the imperfection that a Polaroid gives...I like the concept that with the Polaroid, I can play music. I can divide a space in musical particles which are precisely the fragmented Polaroid. My work for Donna Karan was obviously inspired by New York, created in New York. I tried to encapsulate New York, to manipulate it, to eat it, to take possession of New York, truly because it's the sensation that the city gives me..."

Maurizio Galimberti

Milan

Maurizio Galimberti was born in Como, Italy in 1956. He now lives and works in Milan. In his initial approach to the world of photography he used a Widelux rotating lens camera before making his radical, definitive commitment to Polaroids in 1983. His works are now found in some of the most important photography collections in the world. In 1991 he began collaborating with Polaroid Italia and soon became their official testimonial. He produced two major works for the cities of Paris and Lisbon. This marked the beginning of his thinking on the importance of being able to narrate the history, music and lived experience of places through images. During his first trip to New York, he began his research into light and energy, inspired by the city, which was new for the artist and became the ideal representation of the contemporary world. He also devoted another work to New York when he produced a large collection of Polaroids, both singles and mosaics. In this case he alternated details – stories of human intimacy – with images that lend themselves to the mathematically rigorous study of various compositional harmonies, expressed in powerful pictures of New York skyscrapers, skies, light and streets.

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  • Foro Buonaporte

    Largo Cairoli & Foro Buonaporte

    Located in downtown Milan near the Museo d'arte antico and Parco Sempione.

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Paris

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"DELUXE KIDS NEED YOU"

"I like the fact that I played with DKNY and besides for me the DKNY label is so linked to the 90s and the time that I was living in NYC which was also somehow the club kid era. So I am implying that someway, somehow this DKNY piece is made for the next kids showing up on the dance floor...I am trying to acknowledge in a funny way what DKNY represents for me, not just the club kid era but what that time back then was, colorful, fun, and still a place where you could dance and were on the verge of becoming something else! Maybe the 90s are coming back!"

Christophe Hamaide-Pierson

Paris

Based in Paris, France, Christophe Hamaide-Pierson is a multi-media artist. Best known for his work with the art collective assume vivid astro focus (or avaf), he is inspired by all things POP culture. Inviting viewer participation by combining music, video and digital technology with painting, drawing and photo, he and avaf create psychedelic sight specific installations to delight the senses. Career highlights from the colorful and vibrant artist include shows at the Tate Liverpool, MoCA, The New Museum, MoMA and P.S. 1. In September of 2010, Rizzoli released the first major avaf monograph documenting the collective’s impressive body of artwork.

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Dubai

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"LOVE OF METROPOLITANS"

"The idea is based on the famous slogan: "I Love NY" so I wrote those words in Arabic from the bottom of the frame. I then juxtaposed a similar calligraphy which is "I Love Dubai" from the top of the frame. The two phrases connect in the middle of the billboard. The whole message will be an interconnection between the two vibrant cities and their unique western/eastern cultures. The other aspect of this idea is that both cities are melting pots of international culture as well. All of this dialogue of course is taking place on the DKNY logo as the platform for this cultural exchange."

Sasan Nasernia

Dubai

Born in 1974 in Tehran, Nasernia is one of the modern calligraphy painters that emerged in the wake of the influence of Mohammad Ehsaie, Hosein Zendehroodi, Faramarz Pilaram and other prominent figures in this field. As a graphic artist, and like many others during that time, he started with digital typography under the influence of Reza Abedini at Azad Art University, Tehran where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and fine art. There, he absorbed an acute attention to form associated with modern typography and later developed a kind of vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the deformation of letters and of intersection between graphic, calligraphy and painting. Currently he works mainly on large sized acrylic paintings. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Tehran and Dubai. He currently lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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  • Sheik Zayed Road Hoarding

    E11 Highway

    E 11 is a highway in the United Arab Emirates. The longest road in the UAE, E 11 stretches from Al Silah in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah emirate at the Oman border, running roughly parallel to UAE's coastline along the Persian Gulf.

  • Al Durrah Tower

    Along Sheikh Zayed Road

    The Sama Tower (also known as Al Durrah Tower[2] or Al Durrah Tower II[1]) is a skyscraper along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[3] The tower has 49 floors. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in late 2009

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Kuwait

Artist Inspiration Map

"LOVE OF METROPOLITANS"

"The idea is based on the famous slogan: "I Love NY ." so I wrote those words in Arabic " from the bottom of the frame. I then juxtaposed a similar calligraphy which is "I Love Dubai" from top of the frame. The two phrases connect in the middle of the billboard. The whole message will be an interconnection between the two vibrant cities and their unique western/eastern cultures. The other aspect of this idea is that both cities are melting pots of international culture as well. All of this dialogue of course is taking place on the DKNY logo as the platform for this cultural exchange."

Sasan Nasernia

Kuwait

Born in 1974 in Tehran, Nasernia is one of the modern calligraphy painters that emerged in the wake of the influence of Mohammad Ehsaie, Hosein Zendehroodi, Faramarz Pilaram and other prominent figures in this field. As a graphic artist, and like many others during that time, he started with digital typography under the influence of Reza Abedini at Azad Art University, Tehran where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and fine art. There, he absorbed an acute attention to form associated with modern typography and later developed a kind of vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the deformation of letters and of intersection between graphic, calligraphy and painting. Currently he works mainly on large sized acrylic paintings. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Tehran and Dubai. He currently lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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  • 360 Mall Imax Towers

    6th Ring Road

    360 Mall is a luxury mall. It has both a Donna Karan boutique and a DKNY store.

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Hong Kong

Artist Inspiration Video Map

"SPECTRUM"

"I have used bold graphic shapes and colors as suggested to reflect the beauty, diversity and pace of New York City. This city is a lot like Hong Kong. Everyone is trying to move faster than everyone else. The fashion, art, design and entertainment industries are vibrant and energetic. This is what I admire about the city the most and I wish to express it in an abstract way. The cities of Hong Kong and New York City share similar ideals and passions. The inspiration comes from my own experience when I was in New York, how I'd love to look up in the sky and see interesting new forms created from the reflections of the windows with the clouds, blue skies, billboards as well as on the street the hustle and bustle of the people walking on the street."

Calvin Ho

Hong Kong

A multi-disciplined Australian artist and designer based in Hong Kong, Calvin Ho opened his own studio "Atomic Attack!" in 1996, specializing in the fashion, retail, TV and entertainment industries. His work of international clients has garnered much praise and success. Ho is best known for his innovative use of merging creative design and illustration. From special exclusive projects as an artist or global corporate branding design, marketing and advertising for high profile companies as a consultant creative director. Having the pleasure and privilege of working directly with dozens of top-level clients, Ho is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective. Aside from commercial work for clients, Calvin creates gallery art and has exhibited at The West Berlin Gallery (Berlin), New York, Palais De Tokyo (Paris), Singapore (Connoisseurs Gallery) and The Space in Hong Kong his digital image making, ink drawings and paintings.

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  • Star Ferry Pier Billboard

    Near Man Kwong St

    The Star Ferry, or The "Star" Ferry Company, is a passenger ferry service operator and tourist attraction in Hong Kong.[1] Its principal routes carry passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It was founded in 1888 as the Kowloon Ferry Company, adopting its present name in 1898.

  • DKNY Hong Kong Store

    30 Canton Road

    The DKNY Hong Kong store exudes the energy and spirit of New York City despite being halfway around the world.

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Shanghai

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"LOST IN METROPOLIS"

"In this collaboration with DKNY, my work is telling the story of a city’s day. It’s not just about the idea of time, not only from day to night, but it also includes architecture and people, spiritual and emotional, noisy and peaceful, this entire story.”

Nod Young

Shanghai

Nod Young is a visual artist and graphic designer in Beijing. He expresses his unique artistic style by accurate contours, rhythmic layout and passionate colors. He has been striving to depict his world and the most subtle emotions within it by minimal but changeful artistic language. His visual art works have been exhibited in the UK, Italy, Spain, Finland, US, Japan, South Africa and China. Nod is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective and has gained commercial success working with many international clients. Nod is planning to publish a portfolio book with the Tsinghua University Press in 2013.

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  • Shanghai

    Nanjing West Road

    Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets.

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Seoul

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"NYC WITH JUNKHOUSE"

“The images in my picture are living organisms which are derived from the City. I believe that New York is another form of living organism and I have observed and expressed them [in “NYC WITH JUNKHOUSE”]. The monsters are big and small, with diverse expressions, breathing amongst us. And as time goes by, the buildings and objects become those monsters. As I have spent my entire life in Seoul, the fast redevelopment of the city formed my monsters into more abstract mutants, which freshly breed throughout the city. By adding these abstract images, the images of New Yorkers, whom desire a continuous and constant world of new communication, were reflected."

Junkhouse

Seoul

Graffiti artist Junkhouse was born and lives in Seoul, Korea. Her artworks are based on her concept of Organicism. In a nutshell, new life forms are born in the artist’s eye and imagination of inorganic objects. These inorganic objects may be something that the artist doodled, expressing rigid objects such as houses, buildings, images, or keywords within her subconscious, processed into the metaphysical realm and then finally born as a new and live organic image. These images do not just stay on the canvas. The artist would often take the images outside onto public walls, providing a new setting for them to proliferate. Junkhouse will continue to find, observe and show us materials and objects that co-exist although they may not be easily perceivable to the general public, transforming them through her unlimited imagination.

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  • DKNY Seoul Store

    80 Cheungdam-dong

    Find New York City style clothing designed to address your work to weekend needs at the DKNY Seoul store.

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Tokyo

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"SIGHT GRID"

"My philosophy lies in trying to understand what it means to "see". The concept of visual perception is a central theme in my work, and the act of "seeing" has always been something that has fascinated me."

Yamaguchi Soichi

Tokyo

Yamaguchi Soichi was born in 1983 in Chiba, Japan, graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, marjoing in Fine Arts. He now lives and works in Ibaraki. Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music as an outstanding student, Yamaguchi has successfully developed his own artistic theory and symbolic technique on magnifying his realm of creation. Discerning boundless potential in Yamaguchi Soichi, Takashi Murakami, the artistic genius, singled him out of hundreds of emerging artists and bestowed upon him the Gold Medal in the 9th Geisai Art Festival representing the future of Japanese art. He conjures a brand new world without constraint of denomination & meaning out of his psychedelic color through a talismanic Rorschach-like composition. The punchy & organic blend of natural & saccharine elements on the canvas intensifies human sensuality & inspiration by trapping viewers in the synthetic jigsaw of forms & shapes that are re-concocted by the artist’s own gifted power of imagination.

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  • Shibuya Dai-ni Daigal Billboard

    Train station

    This train station is located in Shibuya, which is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.

  • DKNY Tokyo Store

    Jingumae Taurus Building

    The DKNY Tokyo store shows customers how to create a wardrobe out of seven easy pieces with New York style.

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Participating #DKNYARTWORKS artists have generously donated eight works of art from the program that will be auctioned off to benefit Free Arts NYC, which provides under-served children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs. Bidding will be available through online auction house Paddle8 starting on June 12th, ending June 29th with an auction event at The Montauk Beach House in Montauk, NY.

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