Fushimi: A Cheap & Plastique wet dream
I have walked by the spot where Fushimi is now open for business many times over the past few months (and hundreds of times over the past 7+ years; pre-Fushimi, pre-condo, when Driggs was desolate and one of the grittier streets of the hood) as the restaurant was being built. I was slightly wary of the what was going on behind the fishy logo emblazoned double doors, of course, as we tend to be of new & shiny things popping up in OUR neighborhood (especially when they are attached to new & shiny expensive condominiums, which have taken the place of our art galleries and thrift stores).
The first time I noticed a (NEON!!!) light on in the window, when walking home from the train a couple of weeks ago, I peered in through the decorative window treatments and was absolutely shocked and surprised at the fantastiqueness I saw within. This place was special! I knew people were going to hate on it but not me, this was seriously a Cheap & Plastique wet dream!
On Saturday afternoon, after trudging through the snow and cold, looking for a beat up stool for an art installation for a friend, I noticed that Fushimi was actually open for business. I wandered in, looked around and grabbed a take out menu. I was completely blown away. The interior was decadent and grandiose, space age, mod, absolutely fabulous; it was the sort of place I daydreamed of hanging out in when I was a young lass in the sticks, pining for a more glamorous life in the city.
I begged my boyfriend to go to Fushimi later in the evening for dinner and he obliged. Even he, who tends to be a harsh critic of most things, was amazed at the gaudy beauty and psychedelic insanity of the interior, it’s hedonistic charm warmed the cockles of his cold black heart.
The service was excellent, there was no snobbery or attitude, and the food and drink (mmmmm, Mango Sangria!) were delicious! But for me the interior was the most special part of the experience, it was beyond amazing, really! Cross the the most over the top 60′s, sci-fi movie you can think of with what you imagine Peter Saville’s home to look like and that is Fushimi.
I want photo shoots, I want fabulous parties! I want this place all to myself to sip Mango Sangria whilst staring into the neon reflections in the mirror-ball ceiling, contemplating life, or nothing at all. I want to go back right now!
Stay away haters of fun!
Better pictures at Gothamist.
Photographed Browns studio in London when I was there in July for Print Magazine. It was fun to hang out at the studio for the afternoon & explore/snoop around all 3 floors of the amazing space (studio & Jonathan’s home). I really enjoyed seeing Browns fabulous work in person. Jonathan Ellery was incredibly nice and has pretty damn good taste, in both design and music. Browns seems like a great place to work! See more of Jonathan and Browns work here. Pick up the current issue of Print for a Q & A with Mr. Ellery, or see the Q & A on Print‘s blog here.
In a special visit by one of the world’s most influential and beloved graphic designers and design teachers, Karel Martens will headline AIGA/NY’s fall season.
Martens has been practicing for fifty years and continues to create forward-looking and technologically ground-breaking work that is comfortable in the current moment but not consumed by it. He is a highly influential book designer but considers himself more broadly a “designer of the printed word.” But he’s really a designer of language, even abstract and photographic language. His work extends with equal innovation and clarity of communication across almost all imaginable media, from coins and postage stamps to monoprints to ASCII art to experimental video to electric signs to textiles to building facades. Martens himself says simply that his work should “respect the receiver of the message” and be “answerable.” Honesty and economy of language and material are crucial values in his work, but so are rhythm, color, and “delight.” Martens has described form as content’s “melody.” Robin Kinross says Martens’s work “is not wrapped up, as a closed and sealed thing. Rather, there is openness, textures that you can feel with your hands.” Paul Elliman has pointed out Martens’s love for “working or thinking in the language of the things around him” and says his work invites recipients to feel “how we ourselves, our ideas and perceptions, are formed by what happens around us.”
Indeed, teaching has been an important and integrated part of Martens’s practice since the 1970s. “Every generation,” he says, “has the duty to find form freshly, and the continuation of the status quo is by definition something to be avoided.” In 1998, Martens co-founded the Werkplaats Typografie, a masters program in graphic design that has often emphasized collaboration and commission, in Arnhem, Netherlands. He has also taught graphic design at Yale University since 1997.
Martens is a unique presenter and speaks about his work in a way that nobody else can. This is a rare chance in New York to hear him describe design in his way, through his own work. Register early! Reservations will be first come, first served.
I was hired by Print Magazine a couple of month’s ago to photograph 7 fabulous graphic design superstars in their workspaces. My photographs just appeared in Print‘s Regional Design Annual 2010, all of the designers I shot were judges for this year’s competition. It was a pretty fun gig, especially for ME, since I live my artistic life somewhere smack dab in the middle of the worlds of design and photography.
Randy Hunt at Etsy HQ
Randy offered me a beer straight away (so he wins first position in this blog post!) It was after-hours at ETSY, where it seems like they may enjoy many beverages, quite frequently (some people were carrying in cases of beer when I arrived and I heard a mention of whiskey wednesdays!) PLUS I had just been caught in a friggin’ tornado (REALLY, no exaggerating here) and showed up to the shoot COMPLETELY SOAKING, DRIPPING, FUCKING WET,
I actually created a small puddle on the floor near Randy’s desk, so I think he really felt like I NEEDED A BEER. I TOTALLY DID.
Randy was super nice
and Etsy was completely amazing, the space was filled with awesome stuff (most of it for sale on the etsy site) and it was huge & sprawling, they had a ping pong table and a DJ booth!
(and they are expanding! crazy!)
I wanted to take this guy home with me but I think he preferred Randy to me. He ruled!
Gary Fogelson & Phil Lubliner at Fogelson-Lubliner
From what i could tell these guys (Phil on left, Gary on right) were kind of into books & zines & Gilbert and George (if I had known that we had a shared affection for the foppish arty brits I would have brought some silver body paint with me and had them do their best impression of the Singing Sculpture, next time!)
They also seemed to be into kicking each other’s asses
awkward, sorta nerdy, sexual innuendos with inappropriate tchotchkes
general fun times and laughter
& making their photographer paranoid that they were mocking her as she shot them through soundproof glass (joking, kind of!)
I stopped by the world famous SERIPOP HQ, located in a nondescript building in Montreal’s Mile End district, last month and chatted with Yannick Desranleau and
Chloe Lum about life in Montreal, the art and music they create together (as Seripop
and Aids Wolf), and their desire to create more installation based work* in the future, whilst photographing them and their lovely work. They had just returned from a 6 week tour with Aids Wolf less than 48 hours before I arrived at their space so did not have any new projects in the works but I peeked in their flat files and flipped through their portfolio books, ogling their beautiful, brightly colored screenprints.
Silkscreened Art Prints:::
went to the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle exhibit at the museum of art and design this evening and fell in love with some bicycles that were beyond amazing. then realized these bikes were actually handcrafted in THE TOWN WHERE MY MOM RESIDES, in suburban massachusetts, by a man named mike flanigan!!!!! yay holliston!!!!!!
mike’s shop is called ant bicycles and i am totally going to try to track him down/stalk him next time i go for a visit with mi madre. maybe i can get a neighborly discount on one of these SWEET RIDES!!!!!!! seriously, these bikes are about the best thing i have ever laid my eyes upon. WANT WANT WANT. i wonder how long this bike would last chained up on the streets of brooklyn?
man, i have an UNHEALTHY crush on these objects, i am starting to worry myself!