Official approved Universal Music Group press release:
BRAVADO AND GROUNDBREAKING MULTI-MEDIA ARTIST CORY ARCANGEL FORM ARCANGEL SURFWARE, A COLLECTION OF CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES DEDICATED TO SURFING … THE WEB
New York, NY, March 24th, 2014 – In a partnership with Bravado, the global music merchandising company, fine artist Cory Arcangel is moving into the merchandise and retail industry with the launch of Arcangel Surfware, a line of clothing and accessories designed to make surfing more comfortable – surfing the web that is. The collaboration is the first of its kind and an artistic statement itself, albeit a marketable and accessible one.
Arcangel Surfware products consist of everything one needs to ‘chill’ in bed all day and surf the Internet in comfort: sweat pants, sweat shirts, bed sheets, pillow covers, iPad® and iPhone® covers, magazines, and music. Arcangel Surfware will debut May 17th online at arcangesurfware.biz, and at a one day only pop-up store designed by Cory Arcangel at the New York Holiday Inn Soho. The one day pop-up store will feature Arcangel Surfware products as well as a one-time only installation of new work by the artist. It is Arcangel’s first exhibition of all new work in New York since his 2011 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
“I’ve always looked to disperse my artwork in as many different arenas as possible. I’ve been surfing the world wide web nearly since its inception, and I just haven’t seen a fully integrated and consistently designed line of products aimed at making the experience more comfortable, more personal, and ultimately more relaxing. Arcangel Surfware will help one unwind in style – and comfort – while still participating in the digital and virtual environments of their choice” said Cory Arcangel. “Looking at the great work Bravado does with Lil Wayne’s Trukfit brand, and Birdman’s Rich Gang and YMCMB brands, I can’t think of a better partner then Bravado to bring the Arcangel Surfware brand to a greater public.”
Tom Bennett, CEO of Bravado said, “This collection marks Bravado’s first foray with a multi-media artist and we couldn’t be more thrilled that it is with Cory Arcangel, who is among the most innovative and creative young artists in the US, bridging the worlds of digital technology and pop culture. As Bravado continues to evolve past traditional music merchandise, the company seeks to continue to redefine genres, which Cory has been doing since he began his career. This line of ‘surfware’ showcases Cory’s unique point of view and Bravado is thrilled to bring it to a broad audience.”
The price point for Arcangel Surfware ranges from $39.95 – $495.95
The Arcangel Surfware brand builds upon the work of Cory Arcangel, a Brooklyn-based fine artist (born 1978, Buffalo, New York) who makes work in a wide range of media, including composition, video, modified video games, performance, and the Internet. His recent exhibitions include Masters at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2012–13), Pro Tools at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011), Beat the Champ at the Barbican, London (2011), and Here Comes Everybody at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010–11). Recent performances include Dances for the Electric Piano at the ICA London, and Selected Notes on Creativity at Ny Musikk Oslo, Norway.
Bravado, the only global, 360 degree full service merchandise company, develops and markets high-quality licensed merchandise to a world-wide audience. The company works closely with new and established entertainment clients, creating innovative products carefully tailored to each artist or brand. Product is sold on live tours, via selected retail outlets and through Web-based stores. Bravado also licenses rights to an extensive network of third-party licensees around the world. The company maintains offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney. Under the Universal Music Group umbrella, Bravado is able to leverage a global sales and distribution network from the world’s largest record company, as well as the group’s significant marketing strength.
Bravado clients include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Run DMC, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Kanye West, Metallica, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Black Sabbath, and The Killers, among many others as well as brands TRUKFIT, Rich Gang and YMCMB.
For merchandise and sales appointments, please contact Allie:
allie AT arcangelsurfware DOT biz
For Arcangel Surfware/Cory Arcangel press inquiries, please contact Adam AT nadinejohnson DOT com & Andrea AT nadinejohnson DOT com
For Bravado press inquiries, please contact Maria: maria.ho-burge AT umusic DOT com