We are happy to announce the launch of our Journal section along with our revamped website. Over the past 4 years of Special Special, we have presented 23 exhibitions, numerous in-person and digital events, and in-house editions. Behind all of these projects, there are many behind-the-scenes conceptualizations that we have never shared. Whether you are just getting acquainted with us or have been with us along the journey thus far, we hope you will discover a lot of fun and insightful content! The Journal page on our website will be a singular platform on which you can appreciate all the inner workings of Special Special.
Wen-You welcomes visitors to Special Special, 2020.
I started Special Special because I wanted to make art and design more accessible and integrated into our everyday lifestyle. Behind that vision, my greatest motivation was for Special Special to be a place where creative minds can come together to mingle and have a dialogue. The blue oval of our logo can be interpreted as a pool in which we are all submerged as one or as the sky that we all share. This ambitious and wide-reaching concept has, in the past three years, engaged countless creatives who have become friends, collaborators, and team members - all in our small space in the East Village of New York. We have put our boundless imaginations to work together to achieve something fresh and fun. This will be the page to celebrate all the exciting ideas we exchange.
To be perfectly honest, as an art school graduate in my mid-twenties, I didn’t know what I was doing when I started Special Special. I never set out with a goal or a specific outcome. Always keeping an open heart, Special Special is guided by the principle of what we find interesting, strange, and genuine; you can even say that that’s our specialty. The exchange of jokes and brainstorming sessions most often land us somewhere where we find ourselves pleasantly surprised. With every project, we find another piece of our voice. This is the spirit of what we want to share with you in the Journal.
Browse now and revisit periodically as we share our creative collaborations with our artists and designers, in-depth interviews, studio visits, extended insights into our in-house exhibitions, events, Show and Tell digital exhibitions, and much more. We will highlight memorable insights and the special members (“Special Specialists”) of our ever growing community. We hope you join us time and time again and we look forward to expanding our dialogue with you.
Founder / Director of Special Special
Special Special is delighted to participate in Printed Matter’s first Virtual Art Book Fair from February 24-28, 2021, with a presentation of our Show and Tell series.
Conceived in 2019 as an exhibition that is contained entirely within an email, Show and Tell delivers a new experience with curatorial texts directly every month to the inbox of subscribers of Special Special’s newsletters. Digital projects by artists and designers range from interactive games (“Online Museum of Multiplayer Art” by LIKELIKE) to kinesthetic applications (“Typatone” by Lullatone & Jono Brandel). As most of us now rely on the digital realm to stay connected, Show and Tell gains new meaning as we find alternative terrains to keep creativity alive.
Until now, all twenty-two exhibitions have only existed in inboxes around the world. At Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair, viewers are invited to experience Show and Tell projects from our archive and sign up to receive subsequent exhibitions in the series in the new format of a mock inbox. Check your emails to open new portals to intriguing discoveries.
Free and open to the public. Register for opening day festivities.
Show and Tell House Party
Join us for a virtual house party with live artist performances, art talks, and unexpected encounters. Create your own avatar and walk in — just like a real house party! Capacity is limited to 25. Best via desktop on Google Chrome. More About Gather.town
From neighbors to roommates! Our neighbors at 3StandardStoppage just moved in! Stop in or browse online to support your local indie bookstore with titles by publishers like MACK, New Documents, and Onomatopee.
While 3StandardStoppage is transitioning their storefront, you can now walk 2 blocks South (4 min 33 seconds) to Special Special for a comprehensive collection of their art books for the next two months. Shop books