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Archives: April 2005

Take Me to Tahiti

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It could be because I really really really need a vacation. Or because my friends Greg & Daniel have been nudging me to check out the NYC to Tahiti Non-Stop site since last Sunday, telling me it was cool. But I checked it out, and even though it’s all Flash used in ways that I usually cannot stand (with music even!) I, um, well, I like the site a whole lot. I even like the music. The animated line-drawing is just so well done and oddly engaging. As the line carries you through a rather lengthy Flash animation, it remains entertaining all the way up to the final screen, below, which I tempted to use as my desktop so I can imagine diving into that lovely blue water. (Did I mention that I need a vacation? If I told you how long it’s been since I’ve actually be on an airplane you would plotz. Seriously.)

Does anyone know who designed the site and/or the identity for this campaign? I like it!

Incidentally, Gawker went to their launch party last night and they were seriously unimpressed. (Lots of pretty ladies though!)

A NYC press party can be completely lame for all the obvious reasons, but you’ll have a hard time telling me that a week spent hanging out in a hut on the island below could be anything but divine.

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Noguchi Stamps

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I do a lot of mailing – tons of post cards and press releases (though not nearly enough social correspondence). By and large I am disappointed with the offers of the USPS. The LOVE stamps are usually rather twee. (The ones I link to here are passable, but I’m not sure that sending business correspondence with LOVE stamps is well-advised.) Also, I usually need to buy in rolls of 100, which means either ugly flags or, improbably, Snowy Egrets. I go for the latter, seeing as how I’m not much of a flag waver.

I’m eagerly anticipating the Masterworks of Modern Architecture stamps I posted about several months ago – those look great. I’m also nuts about the Noguchi stamps that are currently issued, so much so that I’m thinking of stockpiling a bunch. (My friend Greg was teasing me last night “Are all your funds in stamps?” he asked. Um, sadly, yes they are.) The Noguchi stamps are lovely and elegant – they really dress up an envelope, which is just not something I expect from a US issued stamp.

Other stamps I like are the extremely wacky R Buckminster Fuller stamps and the James Baldwin ones. (I take a special pleasure in attaching those stamps to correspondence going to recipients who I suspect to be racist and/or homophobic. Is that wrong?)

Anyway, the main point of this post is this: If you like the looks of the Noguchi stamps above, pick some up. I’m pretty sure that they’re going to stop producing them soon.

Intern with Unbeige

As I’ve mentioned, I’m pretty busy these days. Fortunately, all the stuff I’m working on is fun and interesting and people seem to like it. And in my brain, there are more things that I’d like to do. I am but one woman though, and I already feel pretty over-extended. Aside from that, I’ve always loved working with interns (and no, smartass, it’s not just because interns don’t get paid.)

So! If you or someone you know is looking for internship – send them my way. Many of my former interns will vouch for the great experience they have had with me, if I take the small pistol away from their rib cage they might still say it was “pretty good”.

Seriously, when someone says that they’re willing to help me out and not get paid, it means a lot to me and I consider my responsibility to make sure that they have a meaningful experience and get to do stuff that makes them smarter and their resume better looking.

There’s posting on the gallery blog that describes what I’m looking for. The internship will be a mix of gallery and blog stuff. Please know how to string a sentence together. (You’d be surprised.)

If this sounds good to you, email me at jen AT unbeige DOT com.

Things @ IKEA That Don’t Suck

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Over on Apartment Therapy, check out some Things from IKEA That Don’t Suck, including the LACK wall shelf pictured above.

What’s Up in My World

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I’m heading into a crazy time with gallery-related stuff, so I thought I’d update you, fair readers, on what’s going on when I’m not blogging. So here goes:

Eliot Shepard‘s exhibition Slower closes this Saturday, April 30. Artforum on Eliot:

Shepard clearly has an eye for the cinematic, turning the elusive, enigmatic stranger into the stuff of noir fantasy. A hand reaches out the window of a black stretch limo, poised to drop a small, white object onto the Soho street; a haunting face glares wickedly into your eyes for a second too long on a passing subway train. Shepard freezes these meta-narratives in time and lets them simmer, adding another chapter to a half-told story of the city.

With a tip of the hat to Andrew Krucoff, originator of The Gothamist Interview, I am going to be running interviews with the ten winners of the Hey, Hot Shot competition on the gallery’s blog. They are slightly goofy, but fun and (I hope!) interesting. I’m enjoying getting to know these artists, so I figured I should share the love. I’ll be posting a couple of interviews a day, starting today and leading up to the grand finale: the reception for the Hey, Hot Shot Spring Showcase which is next Thursday, May 5, 2005 (05/05/05!) from 6pm-8pm. So, enjoy and we’ll see you all in person next week.

I posted the first interview, with Donald Andrew Agarrat earlier today.

Hot on the heels of that event is our next exhibition, Bicycles Locked to Poles which features color photographs and a book, published by McSweeney’s, of… bicycles locked to poles. The book comes out in June, but we’ll have advance copies, signed by John here at the gallery at the opening and for the duration of the show.

OK! Phew. I am wiped out just typing all that stuff.

Top Secret

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The image above is from a site called Post Secret, which describes itself as “an ongoing community art project. People from around the world share their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.” A lot of the cards are very Breakfast-Club teenage angsty, but some are hilarious and some are actually quite touching. (My curmudgeonly side simply cannot believe I just said that.)

I especially like the ones that are small collages or text written over photographs.

If you’ve got a secret to share, you can mail a postcard to:

PostSecret
13345 Copper Ridge Rd
Germantown, Maryland
USA 20874-3454

Post-Its are Silver

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Post-it notes were always among my favorite things to swipe from office jobs (along with those big black pinchy binder clips). They were great for a million things – bookmarks, to-do lists, roommate communications. I mostly find them annoying now – they’re not quite sticky enough to stay put, but then again they seem to attach themselves where I don’t want them to attach, which means they get lost. (As I type this, I realize that if I were organized person, I’d probably still be making good use of them. Alas, no, not my forte.)

I’m still drawn to them though, as being organized is an ongoing aspiration of mine. My drawer at the gallery is full of Post-its in different sizes and colors, and if I see them, or imitations of them, at the end-of-the-aisle bargain bins at Target I invariably pick them up. In fact I used a dorky flower shaped one to include a little love note to my landlord with a check I was mailing the other day.(Because I am professional like that.)

I’m sure this is all terribly fascinating to you, isn’t it? Perhaps I should just get to the point – Post-its are twenty-five (and remembering when they were new makes me feel a little old.) Greg Beato ‘s article Twenty-Five Years of Post-it Notes, in Minneapolis monthly The Rake, chronicles their invention and posits (heh) that they “prefigured email, hypertext and the digital revolution.”

Two and a half decades later, as the little yellow notes celebrate their silver anniversary, it’s easy to forget what a recent innovation they are. Thanks to their material simplicity, they seem more closely related to workplace antiquities like the stapler and the hole-punch than integrated chips. Instead, they’re an exemplary product of their time. Foreshadowing the web, they offered an easy way to link one piece of information to another in a precisely contextual way. Foreshadowing email, they made informal, asynchronous communication with your co-workers a major part of modern office life.

Bruni on Florent

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Frank Bruni reviews my beloved Florent in today’s New York Times, which is vexing because I’ve been trying to get over there for a burger for more than a week and now if I do go it’s bound to be swamped with foodie tourists looking for that genuine authentic NYC experience amongst those who “lingered in a happy crowd of young revelers, straight and gay, who canoodled in corners and tried to make the night last just a little longer.” Here’s an excerpt from Bruni’s review:

The secret to Florent’s enduring success is its integrity, which has now brought it full circle. After years when it was a naughty urban adventure and years when it felt like a tired cliche, it is once again what it was always meant to be: a simultaneously sensible and kooky bistro with onion soup and escargots, boudin noir and burgers, creme caramel and chocolate mousse, at reasonable prices that underscore its welcoming way. Florent is open to all and it is open all the time.

(via a very amusing Gawker item.)

More Bike Madness

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An anonymous tipster emailed me a link to this groovy Electra bike this morning. The tipster says “a friend of mine bought one last year and LOVES it.” Yes, it’s cute and all, but I’m afraid it simply can’t hold a candle to the Skeppsult of my dreams. (My preferred model: The nature, in dove blue. Feel free to email or IM me for my shipping address.) My friend Dave emailed me yesterday and said “I kid you not, a friend of a friend’s girlfriend just got one of those Skeppsult bikes. She did nothing but talk about it last Saturday night. I’ll see if she’ll let you ride it.” Let me ride it? I’m gonna mug her for it!

In other bike news, none of you slackers has come up with a snapshot of the aforementioned blue-with-yellow-lettering “Bicycles” sign. My Well pal lmc did send me a link to the photo of the bike mural below. (I’m guessing Google led her to it.) The site that image came from is cool too: 14 to 42: New York City Signs is a lovely exercise in obsessive documentation. (Which I am all for.)

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Paper: Fresh, Clean + Delicious

osbourne_lg04.jpgThe May issue of Paper Magazine is the first to bear the imprimatur of their new creative director (and fellow Tibor fan) Peter Buchanan-Smith. I am always at least a little excited about a fresh issue of a magazine, even if only because I am salivating at the chance for some new thing to grouse about, but well, I’m really excited about this new incarnation of Paper. Damn, it looks good.

The photography is outstanding – the spread for the Kelly Osborne article, shot by Danielle Levitt is terrific. Other photographers include Michael Schmelling (who photographs two different features) and Randi Berez‘s photos of El Morro, a trailer park in Southern California, are absolutely divine. (Admittedly, her work is just 100% up my alley.)

Aside from the photography, all the features are interesting and fresh. It’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t felt as though I am being dragged through lightly edited versions of the same barrage of press releases that I’m going to be hearing about in every other monthly that I happen to pick up. So, good job Paper! I can’t wait to see future issues.

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