The walls of my dining area (a nice-sized space, but only a realtor would be so generous as to call it a “room,” as it’s only bordered by two walls) are painted a truly unfortunate taupey peach. The tone was supposed to come off subtle and warm, but instead invokes the dull uni-tan of a Malibu Barbie. Or my own skin in the wrong shade of L’Eggs, circa 1979. Or maybe, in the morning when the light hits right, a Band-Aid. I am always half-considering painting over it, but I live in the kind of building where you’ve practically got to get permission from the Deputy Mayor before bringing anyone in to work on your place. And I adore wallpaper, but wallpaper gets pricey. So now I’m thinking of doing that thing where you cover the entire wall space with pictures. Stunningly original, I know. And yet I think if I go super-bright (I’ve already got some pieces that are heavy on reds and pinks and oranges there, and they look great) it’d all be one big fat crazy happy mess. First up: how could I possibly turn down a gig poster for one of my favorite bands when it’s such a huge explosion of floral glee?
Sharon Montrose’s baby animal portraits have been on my I want list for ages. This wee zebra will add a nice graphic punch of black and white to the mix.
I just look at Youngna Park’s Balloons (Midtown Manhattan) and am reminded afresh how happy I am not to work in that neighborhood anymore.
The color combination on this poster by Portland graphic design studio Makelike throws some unexpected notes out there, and totally makes it work.
My college roommate Margaret had the original version of the poster for this famous show on the refrigerator of her apartment on Rivington Street when she moved to New York after graduation, and I’ve wanted one ever since. But for different reasons: back in the 80s, I just thought it was cool. After all these years, it reminds me—deeply fondly—of that decade, and of Margaret, who is still my dear, dear friend.
Isn’t it pretty how much this Matthew Tischler photo—shot behind a screen—looks like a painting?