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Covington Firm Launches "Versus" Collaboration with International Artist

BLDG, the Covington-based creative refuge, announced a creative collaboration with international artist Ivan Crush.

The BLDG vs. Ivan Crush Print Series will bring the two together in "versus style" which utilizes a collaborative process where the composition is designed in stages and passed back and forth between artists. BLDG approached Crush for his colorful take on pop culture and hus juxtapositions of collage and classical art.

Two new fine art prints will be screen-printed and released in early spring.

“His use of pop culture references and recognizable brands within his work creates thought-provoking emotional reactions towards what we see as ‘everyday objects’," said BLDG partner Chris Ritter. "This blurs the lines of design and art, something we do on a daily basis at BLDG.”

Crush’s work incorporates contemporary brand imagery from Calvin Klein and McDonald’s against historical references like Michelangelo and Roy Lichtenstein.

“We’re excited for this collaboration to see where two artists working together can take each other’s ideas into unique directions. Working with Ivan Crush will be sure to challenge our thinking towards our artistic approach,” Ritter said.

“Creativity is exciting, provoking and enhances the connection between people," Crush said. "Taking note of BLDG’s collaborative history, one clearly sees their awareness of this positive power. Having the opportunity to be part of that history is a great joy.”