Monthly Archives: May 2013

MORE STUPENDOUS WORK BY FIT STUDENTS

A public service announcement from Hue: Anyone who hasn’t seen the Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition is missing out.

But if you are missing it, or if you did miss it (it closes May 23), then here is your consolation prize: more photos of the fabulous work by the (equally fabulous) Smiljana Peros.

In Packaging Design, in the lobby of The Museum at FIT:

Skin care product packaging by Kathleen Gamboa, Packaging Design ’13. The triangular boxes have major shelf appeal.

In Illustration, in the downstairs gallery at The Museum at FIT:

“Queen Elizabeth as the Cat and the Fiddle,” an oil painting by Sunna Yim, Illustration ’13. So lifelike, one could almost believe that man-dog is real!

Another luscious illustration with phenomenal detail:

“Solitary Woman,” an oil painting by Alyssa Bauer, Illustration ’13.

The floor plans by the Interior Design BFA students were hard to capture in a photo, so here’s a design by an AAS Interior Design student.

“Bird House — Inspiration: Ridley Scott,” a mixed media project by Esther Bang, Interior Design.

Last but not least, the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design group project is an exhibition about the superhero, entitled “Heroes and Villains,” in the Pomerantz lobby. It’s a lot of fun, especially for youngins and comic-book geeks, but also for anyone who enjoys superhero movies and innovative exhibitions.

A jester in the Heroes & Villains exhibition in the Pomerantz lobby, created by the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design graduating students.

ALL THE SCHOOL’S A STAGE

FIT is in bloom this month — and we’re not talking boring old flowers.

Through May 23, the culminating work of 800 graduating Art and Design students is displayed all throughout the school; for example, Accessories Design and Photography in the Feldman lobby, more Photography in the library, Fine Arts in the Great Hall, Packaging and Fashion Design in the museum lobby, and, oh gosh, just take a gander at this chart.

Hue will post a few more times about the exhibition before its end; for today, here’s a sampling of stunners.

“Transience,” fantastically fluorescent shoes by Rachel Bohn, Accessories Design.

“Ode to Southern Summer,” a necklace by Daniell Hudson, Jewelry Design, made with real cicadas, just in time for the Jurassic Park rerelease this summer. Oh, and the cicada “swarmageddon.”

Spectacle in the Fine Arts exhibition hall. The green resin clutter of body parts is “Ouch,” by Dimitri Dimizas, Fine Arts, a commentary on our culture’s lust for violence.

The “Sammy” plush toy and the “Sammy Can’t Stand Her Bangs” book. Is it a response to Michelle Obama’s look at the inauguration this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLORING CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY, CIRCA 1900

“When I was your age,” Grandpa Hue used to say, “typing wasn’t easy like it is with you and your iThis and smartThat. We had to work to put our thoughts on paper.”

Hue finally understood Grandpa’s wisdom on Sunday, April 21, at Type-In NYC, “a jam session for manual typewriters and the people who love them.”

Typewriters

This is how Hue imagines newsrooms of yore.

The lobby of Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place was packed with manual typewriters; it verily echoed with the clacking of keys. A speed-typing contest brought high-stakes intensity to an already nerve-wracking pastime.

Typing

On the left, a TV news reporter. On the right, Bryan, a thirteen-year-old typewriter collector/salesman who owns 76 of them. Check them out at typewriters101.weebly.com.

To type on these stunning but maddening machines, Hue had to jam down hard on each key, a process which required great finger strength and a steep angle of incidence. Typing too quickly would jam the typebars together. And forget the delete key; if you make a mistake, you might as well just jump off a bridge.

Underwood Typewriter

Hue’s first dalliance with an Underwood. Note the missing number 1.

Oh, and there was the pesky problem of the number 1. Most of the typewriters didn’t have one. “You have to type a lowercase ‘L’,” counseled everyone.

Type-In NYC resulted from a far less frustrating mechanical passion. Michael McGettigan, co-owner of Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia, rendezvoused with Steven Huang, Graphic Design ’99, over their mutual adoration of Brompton folding bikes. When Huang heard about the Type-Ins McGettigan had been organizing all over the world since December 2010, he offered to help out. Theatre 80 offered its lobby gratis (other establishments thought the noise would upset customers), and typewriter collectors near and far brought their beauts.

The winners of the speed-typing contest, Matt and Michael (not the organizer, who shares his first name). “They’re fun to write poetry on,” Michael says of his small collection of typewriters. “It gets friends and family looking forward to opening the mailbox.”

“Workers and hippies have sit-ins, so why not have a type-in?” McGettigan quipped.