Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gas Station Diptych

Another summer in NYC which means getting out and on the road. This image is composed of two Brooklyn gas stations. I'm drawn to dyads and comparisons, splices and mirrors. One image is plenty but two is opens up a conversation. A second image is an ice breaker.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Welcome To Pine Hill: Poster by Dan Bina and Katya Mezhibovskaya

My wife Katya and I are very pleased with this new film poster for Keith Miller's new release. Opens in March at IFC NYC Oscilloscope Pictures.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Reality: Poster by Katya Mezhivbovskaya and Dan Bina

My wife Katya and I are pleased to share a recent work we completed for our friends at Oscilloscope Labs, a new film poster for the U.S. release of "Reality" a film by Matteo Garrone.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Manity in Time Out New York!

In Print.

Ex-Girlfriends Film: Premiere Step & Repeat

Dan Bina (L) with Davis Mersereau of Galleray (R)
Step & Repeat Early at the Premiere

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring in NYC

Bookshelf Series: Domestic Stimuli

Art Now

Warhol Dreams

White Owl Black's Law

After Brian Zimmerman

Wood Works

Proceed With Caution

Soul Spot


Monday, February 21, 2011

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Convergences: Lawrence Weschler: McSweeny's: Berlin: Michael Jordan

A Convergence
of Convergences:
A Contest.

Berlin Airlifts of 1948-49 and Michael Jordan

The Soviet blockades of post war Berlin caused the first international humanitarian crisis of the Cold War. The Western allied response was Operation Vittles or what came to be known as the Berlin Airlifts. The iconic images that circulate from this nearly year long air campaign show the German people in a state of helpless dependence and utter defeat. They also so elegantly portray the planes involved in the rescue missions hovered above the people and city as angels delivering vital life support, Western influence, and hope. These images I believe, are echoed nearly fifty years later by none other than the great basketball icon Michael Jordan. His almost super-human physical ability on the court also gave rise to iconic imagery though of a different sort. He too is shown high above the needy masses in graceful acts of deliverance. As Jordan soars he displays before us the unimaginable and so inspires us to new levels. His legendary gifts spread a rare kind of hope to many.

Something to think about.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

HOWL, Film poster, 2010, James Franco as Allen Ginsberg

Seldom it seems does one have the opportunity to participate in the cultural milieu. On occasion the chance might befall us for a brief moment to make our voices heard and our presence felt if only in the most modest of ways. My most recent call to enter the conversation was a film poster.

Thanks to a tip by my friend Jenny who knew Dan at Oscilloscope Laboratories here in New York City they contacted me this summer to design and illustrate the poster for Howl, set for release this coming September 24th.‘Oscope’ asked me if I knew anything about a poem called Howl by Allen Ginsberg. I just so happened to. Not only was I well informed; I was thrilled to be talking about the Beats. I've had a great interest in American history and counter-culture in my work. The Beat Generation, as they were, had taken a foothold in my personal and artistic interests for some time. To put it simply, I was on board immediately.

The working process took several weeks that quickly developed into two months. From the initial sketches and comps to the final revisions, the process seemed endless, until we eventually carved out a poster and DVD packaging that I hope the audience will enjoy and respond to this fall. I hand painted the poster and hand drew some of the text. My fiancé, Katya Mezhibovskaya, a graphic designer, laid the type and aided in the creative process at every step of the way. We enjoyed this project very much and I hope you do too.

The film features James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels, to name a few. The film centers on the obscenity trial of 1957. Howl and Other Poems, along with its publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books were brought to court over Ginsberg’s prose. It was later deemed non-obscene by the presiding Judge Clayton W. Horn, thus becoming a landmark victory for free speech in mid-century American history. The amount of press and media attention the trial generated subsequently launched the careers of the Beat Generation.