Monthly Archives: July 2012

You!

“You!” paste-ups on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side of downtown New York City. This stretch of wall along the block of Ludlow between Hester and Canal streets has recently become a regular spot for street art, especially of a strain of art-world conscious wheat-paste works and posters.

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The Beautiful Space at the Fat Radish

One of our go-to local restaurants downtown New York City is the Fat Radish. It’s just a block away from Global Graphica HQ in the Below-Delancey (a.k.a., “BelDel”) / Northeast Chinatown area of the Lower East Side. The restaurant menu is an refreshingly original, contemporary take on English gastropub fare (there’s the classic “the Full English” breakfast). The food is refreshingly good and beautiful presented as the elegant, yet laidback shabby-chic interior decor of its renovated space. The Fat Radish is in the first floor of an old Orchard Street tenement building formerly occupied by a Chinese wholesale business.

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WAX Surf Magazine Cover Design

Photo of the first issue of WAX magazine fresh on the newsstand at McNally-Jackson book store in SoHo, New York City. The new mag bills itself as “a magazine for urban surfers.” We love it.

Of course, we’re a little biased. Full disclosure: Global Graphica’s Van Corsa is one of the people who helped fund the magazine by contributing start-up money via a KickStarter project.

WAX will be published twice annually and chronicle the lifestyle, art, and culture mash-up of the city surf scene.

We think you’ll love WAX so check it in stores or on the web.

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How to Digitally Move a Massive Downtown L.A. Mural

The Los Angeles Time’s recently ran a story about the innovated preservation of an iconic, massive mural painted by artist Johanna Poethig on a downtown L.A. building in 1993. As the L.A. Times’ photo below shows, the mural, titled “Calle de la Eternidad,” is currently under scaffolding as work is being done for the mural project.

What makes this preservation and restoration so unusual is the painting is being digitally preserved and re-scaled so that it can be moved — that is,  re-painted — to another wall of the same building its on. A non-profit organization called the Social & Public Art Resource Center, or SPARC, is leading the effort and has employed a technology and process that is fascinating:

The mural, measuring 42-feet-wide and 72-feet-tall, has been scanned and photographed using 120 digital frames by SPARC. The plan is for the images to be stitched together so Poethig can take brush to screen and digitally re-create the painting. A fabric canvas, 20% smaller than the original acrylic-on-concrete mural, will adorn the building once it’s renovated.