This past weekend saw an awesome event for New York’s foodie set. The Great Googa Mooga, a two-day festival that takes place in Prospect Park, brought together dozens of local food and drink establishments for a weekend of gluttony. Artisanal bacon, lobster rolls, pastries, and even treats from Momofuku’s infamous Milk Bar were all in attendance, and VIPs that purchased tickets to the “Extra Mooga” were also able to meet some of New York’s top chefs (Anthony Bourdain! David Chang!) while drinking champagne and having access to special lectures about varied subjects like “how to open a restaurant” and “molecular cocktails”.
Another treat for VIPs were these wonderful images created by Rick Tulka. The sophisticated and humorous illustrations, originally commissioned as small take aways for guests, were also displayed prominently as posters in the park’s lovely boathouse. Rick’s work certainly added a distinctive touch!
We have some lovely goodies to share with you this week!
We were so happy to learn that Victo Ngai was asked to illustrate a full page piece for the New Yorker – possibly one of the most coveted assignments in our industry. The illustration was to accompany a wonderful piece of fiction by Peter Stamm entitled “Sweet Dreams,” and Victo was asked to create an image about the two young protagonists, a couple in Switzerland. Take a peak on her blog to see sketches and to learn more about her interesting process.
We also received these awesome images from Carlo Stanga, who recently completed a fabulous campaign in his native Italy for the cheese manufacturer “Galbani.”Â Here is a closeup of the work, which is classically Carlo:
And here we see the image in context, used in a huge advertisement next to a glorious gothic cathedral in Milan:
Finally, we wanted to take a moment to honor the life and work of Maurice Sendak, who sadly passed away this week. Sendak, who most famously penned the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” had an incredible influence on children’s literature, and he will be greatly missed. You can read more here.
image by Maurice Sendak:
Spectrum, the annual which celebrates the best in contemporary fantastic art, has recently announced its winners, and Victo Ngai was so excited to learn that three of her pieces have been included. Congratulations, Victo! This is great exposure, and a tremendous honor.
You may follow Victo’s tumblr here.
And congrats again to this talented young artist!
Victo’s winning pieces: