~GRAPHICS .. seem to be the name of the game . . . ‘sNice !!
GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR, 2013 – GRAPHICS SEEM TO BE . . . THE NAME of the GAME.
Graphics. graphic images, whether abstract or representational, purely font or image-based … in ads or art, used as informational tools; random or patterned; popping up in the big universal questions, and in smaller screen state-of-the-art digital code-programs, not to forget, website design per se . . . and, even as . . . compressed expressionistic flourishes in big paintings on old-fashioned canvas, seem to be – the really – big deal right now.
it’s no wonder the cutting edge graphic design artists in this city are simply referring to themselves as … designers !!
and that includes the latest crop of (way happening) fashion, as in clothing … designers, too.
you could slowly see it creeping in over the past year, in the new crop of abstract artists, the new wave of photographic site-specific artists, and even in that big Brooklyn-dominated Zine show, ‘Diamond Leaves’ … in China. even the recent CARROLl DUNHAM show – really popped forward – in this way.
same with the iconic Americana images of TAYLOR McKIMENS, for that matter. Comic art, also big – and only getting bigger, of course has always had very strong graphic design elements, both in the panel compositions and, font use.
and, street art ? ditto. big time !!
so it was fitting that the end of last year featured 2 design shows, both full of fresh talent and ideas, both in off-the-mainstream venues, or: plain straight … outta-the-white-box !!
there was ‘untitled type 5’ at a sweet and cozy vegetarian West Village cafe .. by the name of .. ‘sNice (!!) – curated by RICHARD MEHL, graphic designer and instructor at SVA, which presented a casual and diverse show of works by SVA students and alumni, and then opening just a week or so later, at the Ace Hotel – a more structured group show, ‘FIFTY-FIFTY’ – produced and curated by DAN CASSARO, who also happens to be a fairly recent SVA Graphic Design graduate.
‘These Heels Don’t Hurt’ . . . by LAUREN HOM.
the fun thing about this show – was the use of very ‘outright’ fonts to really try and say something: well, personal !!
looks like trippin’ over a lot of rude people – is a never-ending part of the reality battleground.
urban dictionary has some even more colorful uses, just … don’t get me started, or I’ll be a-naming names !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NYC DEC 11, 2012.
NOTE: MORE PIX – FROM BOTH SHOWS – TO KEEP POSTING . . . GOING FORWARD !!