Monthly Archives: October 2011

On Line at Carsten Holler

We’re checking out the Carsten Holler Experience exhibition at the New Museum. There’s a long line of people out the door. Yesterday, the line was just as long in spite of the freezing cold and snowstorm. Holler’s show looks like it’s going to be a big hit.

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“Objectified”

It’s movie night tonight at Global Graphica HQ. While everybody else is pre-Halloween partying, we’re staying out of the blizzard conditions here in New York City and staying in to watch the documentary film “Objectified” (see the trailer and poster below).

Directed by Gary Hustwit, who gave us the font-doc “Helvetica,”the feature-length “Objectified” is about the design of the objects we encounter and use in our daily lives.

We had a chance to see this film when it was theatrically released a couple of years ago, but fate intervened and we couldn’t make it to the screening. Since then, we’ve caught bits and pieces of it. And now, finally, we’re getting a chance to see the whole film. Yay!

Objectified – Documentary from Rohan on Vimeo.

 

The Occupied

More photographic portraits from the Inside Out Project: Wheat-paste posters near the corner of Broome and Orchard streets in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Heart-Shaped Sunglasses

Photo portrait of a woman wearing heart-shaped sunglasses: It’s one of a set of blown-up photographs wheat-pasted on a building hoarding along Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow streets in the Lower East Side of New York City. The images are part of the ongoing Inside Out Project.

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NoMad View

We visited a photographer friend’s product lifestyle photo shoot held on the terrace of a penthouse apartment in Chelsea, in New York City, Sunday.

We’re not at liberty to disclose details of the shoot itself, but the 360 views of the NYC skyline were awesome.

Pictured here is the view looking east towards the recently minted “NoMad” neighborhood of Manhattan. “NoMad” for “North of Madison,” as in Madison Square Park.

The area is home to the Ace Hotel, a satellite Opening Ceremony clothing shop, the Breslin restaurant and (in Madison Sq. Park itself) the Shake Shack.

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Alexander Wang Shop Branding

The exterior shop signage at the Alexander Wang store on Mercer and Grand streets in SoHo, in New York City. The shop occupies a massive ground-floor space that until recently was the home for many years to Japanese fashion designer Yoji Yamamoto. Both the old occupant (Yamamoto) and the new (Wang) share a black-on-black-and-white minimalism in the SoHo retail space and in their fashion aesthetic such that from a distance, the shop could be mistaken for that of the other if there was no sign, if there were no branding.

 

Lost Weekend NYC

Global Graphica’s new local go-to for really good coffee is around the corner from our HQ. It’s Lost Weekend NYC, an espresso bar and cafe with a side trade in a few clothing items and home-decor-stuff and walls dedicated to changing exhibit of photography.  Lost Weekend’s serving Blue Bottle coffee, our absolute favorite brand (the “Three Africans” beans are the best), so we’re going to be spending a lot of time there. We like there super simple typographic logo.

The Fashion of Qaddafi’s Killer

Was Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi’s killer a New York Yankees fan? Was his executioner partial to graphic t-shirts?

The dramatic newspaper pictures and headlines of the late Libyan leader’s capture and captors suggest so (in typical hyperbolic New York style). Check out the pix of various New York City newspapers below. Compare the covers and headlines of the irrepressible New York Post versus the Daily News and the Times.

In any case, it’s unlikely, we think, that Qaddafi’s killer was into baseball. As for the graphic tee, well, the kid’s got style.

The Yankees hat, we suspect, has more to do with the global influence and mutations of American hip-hop culture and  its fashion signifiers in its most trickled down, distilled, re-encoded ways. That is, it’s code. It’s style.

There’s some symbolic irony and cognitive dissonance in the images below, given the clothes, the gun, and political and historical and, of course, the cultural context.

Some journalists have speculated that the Yankees hat and t-shirt are being worn as a matter of some  accident, that Qaddafi’s captor is wearing these specific clothes as a result of private charitable clothing donations ( a la World Vision ) to third-world countries such as Libya, which may be an explanation. But, in this case, we think it’s more about style.

More Giant Eyes in New York

Another massive “closed-eyes” mural called “Lakota, North Dakota” in SoHo on the side of a lofts apartment building at the corner of Wooster and Grands streets. The work is by the artist JR and part of a series called “Inside Out.” On the building at the diagonally opposite corner is another mural by JR. Yet another can be found at the corner of Houston  and Bowery streets, a bit farther uptown.