Illuminations,

Jenny Hata Blumenfield

Current Exhibition

July 11 – September 8, 2019

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Special Special is pleased to announce Illuminations, a solo exhibition by Jenny Hata Blumenfield featuring a collection of ceramics and cyanotypes. Blumenfield calls upon recurring themes in her practice with references to traditional vessel forms and deconstruction of objects into planar...

Special Special is pleased to announce Illuminations, a solo exhibition by Jenny Hata Blumenfield featuring a collection of ceramics and cyanotypes. Blumenfield calls upon recurring themes in her practice with references to traditional vessel forms and deconstruction of objects into planar surfaces to develop a new area of exploration—translating objects to images through cyanotype printing.

In Illuminations, Blumenfield continues to explore symbolism and manipulation of the recognizable formal language of ceramic vessels. By referencing, dissecting, layering, and repurposing classical ceramic forms, she reimagines vessels as hybrids, prioritizing sculptural and architectural qualities over specific functionality. References to historical ceramic works are distilled into surfaces, cross-cut profiles, and partial vessels, finished in a refined and simplistic manner with primary colored glaze.

Blumenfield’s ceramic sculptures accompany cyanotype prints and formulate a new series of miniature installations. These sculptures are also reproduced as flattened images through cyanotype printing, using their cast shadows to replicate their forms, where natural light translates three-dimensional form to two-dimensional image.

Blumenfield creates compositions for cyanotype prints by placing sculpted objects in space, where the resulting image combines qualities of light, time, and location. The print echoes the dimensionality of the source object or vessel by defining its edges and representing its depth through gradient hues of blue.

As the artist highlights specific elements of traditional ceramics in her sculptures, the cyanotype prints work similarly to deconstruct a three-dimensional vessel and re-contextualize it as a static image. The result of each print presents the source object (vessel), light (environment), and a momentary determination of its place in space and time (the artist’s hand).

An artist’s book, also titled Illuminations, is produced in collaboration with Special Special and released for the occasion of the exhibition as Special Special Edition No. 36. Printed in an edition of 100, the book features selected images of Blumenfield’s works, flattened to one color, and split across each spread by depicting the same image processed as positive and negative­—as two parts of a whole and as the presence and absence of light.

Fishing in NYC,

Yi Xin Tong

Past Event

July 21,2019

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For the release of Yi Xin Tong’s NYC Fishing Journal from Gong Press at Special Special, artist and fisherman Yi Xin Tong will hold an informative and possibly useful workshop on fishing in NYC. Participants will learn about the various...

For the release of Yi Xin Tong’s NYC Fishing Journal from Gong Press at Special Special, artist and fisherman Yi Xin Tong will hold an informative and possibly useful workshop on fishing in NYC. Participants will learn about the various fish species traveling through the city, effective methods of meeting them, the advantages of fishing, and the inevitable disasters that arise. Gain hands-on experience making fishing rigs that you can take home. With air conditioning and cold drinks provided, this workshop is perfect for those who can’t make it to the beach on this hot summer day. 

This workshop is part of the poetry/performance series, The Frontiers Conference, organized by Wildman Clab at Special Special for their year long residency.

Yi Xin Tong is a nowhere-based artist and fisherman. He enthusiastically appropriates studio time for fishing, which brings him to urban peripheries where ruins fill in for buildings, social order becomes unstable, and wildness returns at a surprisingly fast clip. Fishing is an unusual exploration of the environment that leads to peculiar experiences. Casting in the scorching sun and engulfing fog along the shores, he searches for fish who feed with the ocean’s tides, at times disremembering what era it is.

Founded by Lu Zhang in 2017, Wildman Clab is a lab and club for researching and proving the existence of primitive individuals by providing activities and experiences. Wildman Clab currently resides in Special Special, organizing The Frontiers Conference (TFC) as their year-long residency. TFC is a series of experiences created in collaboration with pioneers at the frontiers of art, such as poets, musicians, and artists, in search of new forms of poetry readings and performances.

efforts in reading Kaspar by Peter Handke,

Tim Simonds, Lu Zhang, Aaron Lehman

Past Event

May 4, 2019

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Lu Zhang, Tim Simonds, and Aaron Lehman perform a public reading of Peter Handke's play Kaspar (1967), collaboratively reconceived and read through a single translucent paper copy. Playing at reading. Excerpt from Kaspar: "They speak a text that is not...

Lu Zhang, Tim Simonds, and Aaron Lehman perform a public reading of Peter Handke's play Kaspar (1967), collaboratively reconceived and read through a single translucent paper copy. Playing at reading. Excerpt from Kaspar: "They speak a text that is not theirs. They do not speak to make sense but to show that they are playing at speaking, and do so with great exertion of their voices even when they speak softly... He utters a single sentence over and over: I want to be a person like somebody else was once."

The Frontiers Conference is a continuous series of performances that joins and highlights artists on the fringe of various artistic movements. Organized by Wildman Clab as part of their year-long events residency at Special Special.

Let’s Talk About a Woman Traveling Alone,

Hannah Wnorowski

Past Event

April 28, 2019

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“It is still taboo for a woman to be alone. To find her way. Sift through the world for herself. In a self-empowered fashion. The Deck of Character couldn't be a greater metaphor for our shifting times. It is run...

“It is still taboo for a woman to be alone. To find her way. Sift through the world for herself. In a self-empowered fashion. The Deck of Character couldn't be a greater metaphor for our shifting times. It is run by a woman. And it is a game of intuition: one with no rules or defined winner. In my current solo road trip across the US, it saddens me to report that in most conversations with cops and older men, they often uncomfortably remark how I am doing this alone.”

Hannah Wnorowski, creator of The Deck of Character, is pleased to make her artist talk at Special Special the final stop on her current four month cross country road trip. She has spent the last year traveling around the US and Europe with her oracle where she has had hundreds of conversations with people and spent time listening to their synchronistic insights. 

The Deck of Character is a tool to guide you along your own hero's journey. It is designed to connect you with your inner wisdom and share it openly with those around you. Cross country road trips for Hannah has been her practice for the last 8 years to observe the symbolism in the world around us. The Deck of Character is an anthology of everything she has experienced and observed in travel and art making.

Hannah will be sharing her candid thoughts about her journey: what it means to use intuition, to heal, to play an oracle, to be in the world, and to follow one's own voice. And how all of this sits so beautifully in the uncertain times we find ourselves in today. Please join in on the conversation. It is sure to be fun.

A Q+A to follow the talk with director of Special Special, Wen-You Cai.

Talk is a ticketed event, RSVP here.

Walkthrough,

Tim Simonds

Past Event

April 13, 2019

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Join us this Saturday at 3:00 pm at Special Special for a walkthrough with Tim Simonds, of his current solo exhibition, Talks to Me.   For Talks to Me, Special Special hosts two editioned works by Tim Simonds: manna, a set of small rose...

Join us this Saturday at 3:00 pm at Special Special for a walkthrough with Tim Simonds, of his current solo exhibition, Talks to Me.  

For Talks to Me, Special Special hosts two editioned works by Tim Simonds: manna, a set of small rose leaf sculptures and Talks to Me, a scratch-game printed on a translucent paper made from celery. The two editions are presented amidst some trappings—a set of screens and guides. Talks to Me is made in collaboration with Seokhoon Choi, printed by Eric López, and released as Special Special Edition No. 31, part of a series of editioned works produced by an artist in partnership with Special Special.

Tim will give an overview of the present work, followed by a Q+A.

Talks to Me,

Tim Simonds

Past Exhibition

February 27–May 24, 2019

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For Talks to Me, Special Special hosts two editioned works by Tim Simonds: manna, a set of small rose leaf sculptures and Talks to Me, a scratch-game printed on a translucent paper. The two editions are presented amidst some trappings—a set of screens and guides. Talks to Me is...

For Talks to Me, Special Special hosts two editioned works by Tim Simonds: manna, a set of small rose leaf sculptures and Talks to Mea scratch-game printed on a translucent paper. The two editions are presented amidst some trappings—a set of screens and guides. Talks to Me is made in collaboration with Seokhoon Choi, printed by Eric López, and released as Special Special Edition No. 31, part of a series of editioned works produced by an artist in partnership with Special Special.

Photo credits:
# 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 by Dario Lasagni
# 5, 9 by Wen-You Cai

I <3 U Always Forever,

Robert Ouyang Rusli and Wo Chan

Past Event

February 10, 2019

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The Frontiers Conference is a continuous series of performances that joins and highlights artists on the fringe of various artistic movements. Organized by Wildman Clab, as part of their yearlong events residency at Special Special. Event 2019:02:10: I <3 U Always Forever is a performance by Robert...

The Frontiers Conference is a continuous series of performances that joins and highlights artists on the fringe of various artistic movements. Organized by Wildman Clab, as part of their yearlong events residency at Special Special.

Event 2019:02:10: I <3 U Always Forever is a performance by Robert Ouyang Rusli and Wo Chan including live music, audio recordings, and opportunities for audience participation and sharing on topics of time and memory as they relate to intimate relationships.

Love Hotel Rooms,

Sarah Verity

Past Event

January 26–February 21, 2019

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Love Hotel Rooms is a drawing workshop and installation that invites you to recall and recreate a room you once loved (or loved in). Sketch your memory on one of our room cards and add it to our ever-growing love hotel,...

Love Hotel Rooms is a drawing workshop and installation that invites you to recall and recreate a room you once loved (or loved in). Sketch your memory on one of our room cards and add it to our ever-growing love hotel, and be a voyeur to the memories of others.

Stop by Special Special to participate in this unusual way to archive space, where the feelings felt and people loved are no longer present. What rooms are permanently etched in your mind? Is it a dorm room where you first laid eyes on the love of your life, or your childhood room from a house which has since been demolished?

This experience encourages sharing different perspectives (quite literally), and building new connections through old recollections. Drop by and find out who checks into the room next to yours. 

Sarah Elizabeth Verity is an art director and brand strategist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she was raised in hotels.

Handle with Care,

Special Special

Past Exhibition

November 9, 2018

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Special Special presents Handle with Care, our 2018 holiday shop concept featuring a curated selection of art and living editions for your holiday gift giving. All delicately (and creatively) wrapped in our 2018 Special Special Edition Gift Wrap, the space...

Special Special presents Handle with Care, our 2018 holiday shop concept featuring a curated selection of art and living editions for your holiday gift giving. All delicately (and creatively) wrapped in our 2018 Special Special Edition Gift Wrap, the space has been transformed into a playful, dynamic guessing game of unusual shapes and functions. You will be sure to find something for the one that has almost everything!

In addition to our Special Special editions, we’ve curated a few of our favorite gifts from design brands such as Open Editions, Fredericks and Mae, and This That.

Fur East Far Tokyo,

Sebastian Masuda

Past Exhibition

September 7–October 31, 2018

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Special Special presents Fur East Far Tokyo, featuring Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda. Fake fur is a material often used by Masuda to prompt an awakening of the senses through layers of vivid color and soft textures. While initially simulating real fur...

Special Special presents Fur East Far Tokyo, featuring Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda. Fake fur is a material often used by Masuda to prompt an awakening of the senses through layers of vivid color and soft textures. While initially simulating real fur through mimicry, faux fur has developed into something uniquely its own, incorporating colors and patterns that do not exist in nature. It is now accepted as something separate from its initial intention and has become real in its own right. As use of fake fur has progressively spread throughout the world, like the birth of a new culture, it is hard to determine where the old ends and the new begins. 

Masuda searched throughout Asia to select the best fake furs for wearable artwork, to design in his Tokyo studio and brought to New York. Inspired by a conversation with Special Special's Director Wen-You Cai, to make artworks more accessible to the public, Sebastian was motivated to release wearable art into the world, to continue the spread of Kawaii Culture.

The collaboration  between Special Special and Sebastian Masuda features shirts and bags designed by the artist, as well as workshops inviting the public to participate by utilizing collection of exhibited fake furs to create new editions of featured products.

Sebastian Masuda is an artist known for his role in expanding Harajuku Style and a key figure in developing the Kawaii Culture. In 1995, Masuda opened his iconic 6% Doki Doki store in Harajuku and has since gone on to open Kawaii Monster Cafe in Shibuya.

SPF: Overflow,

Curated by John Belknap

Past Exhibition

August 10–26, 2018

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Easily contained in letters and sound, overflow is ‘language contraband’ guiding as it deceives. It escapes the conditions of its term by a commitment to movement and fluidity. Overflow’s eddying indeterminacy is a reminder that tools like language and the body...

Easily contained in letters and sound, overflow is language contraband guiding as it deceives. It escapes the conditions of its term by a commitment to movement and fluidity. Overflow’s eddying indeterminacy is a reminder that tools like language and the body regularly fail us. ‘Art won’t save us,’ either.

Overflow is a group show that will flood the gallery space with artworks and artist paraphernalia surveying the myriad ways we play in order to stay afloat. The show will conceptually revolve around a vessel, with artworks, tools, toys, merchandise, and design works spilling out of the receptacle and onto the walls, floors, and ceiling of the gallery space and storefront. By cruising forward, the artists in Overflow map alternative routes to navigate the high seas.

Dana Davenport, Leah Dixon, Sujung Chang, Ian Faden, Tallulah Hood, Khari Johnson-Ricks, and David Kirshoff stage playful interventions. E. Winslow Funaki, Bianca Kann, and Tristan Scow hi-jack the aesthetics and craft of ‘cuteness.’ Patrick Carlin Mohundro, David Chan, Luba Drozd, Jackson Hallberg, Emily Janowick, and Grace Linderholm document the quotidian. Ginssiyo Apara, Sam Cockrell, Umber Majeed, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Buzz Slutzky, and Ondine Viñao re-contextualize ephemera from days long past. 

SPF: Hibiscus,

Benjamin Langford

Past Exhibition

August 2–26, 2018

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Special Special invites New York based photographer Benjamin Langford to collaborate on a Special Special Edition Hawaiian shirt as well as a site-specific installation of his tantalizingly beautiful and surreal flower sculptures. In the artist’s own words, these photographic canvas sculptures...

Special Special invites New York based photographer Benjamin Langford to collaborate on a Special Special Edition Hawaiian shirt as well as a site-specific installation of his tantalizingly beautiful and surreal flower sculptures. In the artist’s own words, these photographic canvas sculptures “draw attention to photograph’s ability to convincingly create the illusion of space, texture, and material qualities.” The effects of trompe l’oeil allow the viewers to compare the qualities of photography to sculpture in terms of their differing dimensionality, fragility, and flexibility.

Special Special Edition No. 24, Hibiscus, is a Hawaiian Shirt collaboration with Benjamin Langford. This limited Edition of 50, with digital prints of hibiscus flowers can be subsequently dyed in a bath of hibiscus flower, allowing traces of the flower to envelop their printed representations.

Langford’s work pertains to contemporary representations of nature and the hyperreal. He uses technology as a tool to bring people closer with nature through increasingly vivid modes of representation, while distorting the human appreciation for nature in an unmediated state. Using large-scale digital prints on canvas to create large-scale illusionistic flowers that hang flaccidly off the wall or droop across the floor, the work brings seductive and hallucinogenic qualities of images to attention by reversing the way photographs are ordinarily perceived: not as windows to be looked through but simulacra that seemingly extends beyond their real dimensions.

Benjamin Langford (b. 1992, Connecticut) received a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. He grew up in London, and went to High School in Singapore and Connecticut. His work has been exhibited at Zaha Hadid West 28th, PPOW, MX, and Project:Artspace. He has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Bullett Magazine, Wallpaper, Dis Magazine, You-Do-You, and Editorial Magazine.

Hibiscus is part of SPF, our first group show transforming the living room storefront into a swimming pool. SPF is a metaphor of the Special Special logo, a blue oval that is the pool of water to be submerged for creative dialogues. A fluid arrangement of various artist projects evoking the spirit of a poolside retreat, offering New Yorkers a refuge from the sweltering heat. Interspersed throughout the months of May through August, each highlighted project, workshop, and event opened with a Pool Party.”

Participating artists in SPF includes Lu Zhang, Aria McManus, Ben Langford, and an “Overflow” curation by John Belknap.

SPF: Towelkini,

Aria McManus

Past Exhibition

July 19–August 26, 2018

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Melding the two essentials for all things beach, no need to carry a cumbersome towel and an easy to lose swimsuit — here they come as one, materialized as ideal. Keep the baes at bay, have all your haters throw...

Melding the two essentials for all things beach, no need to carry a cumbersome towel and an easy to lose swimsuit — here they come as one, materialized as ideal. Keep the baes at bay, have all your haters throw in the towel when they lay eyes on you in this. Put the OW in towel, make them wish they were the sun of your beach. Follow suit, make this the one piece you get laid on the beach in.

Special Special Edition No. 23, Towelkini, is an art edition of 42, in Athletic Gold and Hot Pink, serves all purposes for the summertime for $199.00.

Aria McManus (b. 1989, St. Paul, MN) is an artist based in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in various solo and group shows, including at 99 Cent Gallery, Fisher Parrish, Muddgutts, the New Museum (all New York), AA|LA, Ed Varie (Los Angeles), Sunset Drive Gallery (Miami), and Biennale Internationale Design (Saint-Etienne, France). Aria is a founding member of Auto Body, a curatorial collective based in Bellport, Long Island.

Towelkini is part of SPF, our first group show transforming the living room storefront into a swimming pool. SPF is a metaphor of the Special Special logo, a blue oval that is the pool of water to be submerged for creative dialogues. A fluid arrangement of various artist projects evoking the spirit of a poolside retreat, offering New Yorkers a refuge from the sweltering heat. Interspersed throughout the months of May through August, each highlighted project, workshop, and event opened with a "Pool Party." 

Participating artists in SPF includes Lu Zhang, Aria McManus, Ben Langford, and an “Overflow” curation by John Belknap.

SPF: It Takes 11 Years Practice to be at the Same Pool,

Lu Zhang

Past Exhibition

May 30–July 31, 2018

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“It Takes 11 Years Practice to be at the Same Pool,” or “Pool Date” is a dating experience and installation in Special Special’s summer group show, SPF. For each Pool Date, two participants who sign up for the same time slot meet...

It Takes 11 Years Practice to be at the Same Pool, or Pool Date is a dating experience and installation in Special Special’s summer group show, SPF. For each Pool Date, two participants who sign up for the same time slot meet at a pool installation with allusions to secluded suburban backyards, high-rise rooftops, and urban public pools. Kick off your date by choosing one of seven classic mock-tail drinks, served in a hand-made larger-than-life ceramic cocktail vessel from the Special Special bar. Each date lasts one hour.

Inspired by the Chinese proverb 十年修得同船渡 which translates to “It takes ten years practice to be on the same boat,” the Boat Date becomes a Pool Date when It Takes 11 Years Practice to be at the Same Pool (十一年修得同池渡). This project is built on the concept of yuánfèn where one’s good deeds from past lives will lead to the “fateful coincidence” of those you meet in this life, whether as friends, lovers, or acquaintances.

Everyone has different associations with the pool. For some it is where best summer memories of their backyard pools are formed, for others it is reminiscent of an era where pools were inaccessible to some. In New York City, pool culture implies the exclusivity of private pools or the crowded waters of public swimming pools. Pool date is an imagined space that brings two people together to have meandering conversations around memories of swimming pools, summer romances, and childhood dreams. Along with Special Special, Pool Date intends to create openness, patience and appreciation of the moments when two people encounter each other at our imagined city pool.

Pool Date is a project by Wildman Clab in collaboration with Special Special. Since 2017, Wildman Clab, created by Lu Zhang, is a lab/club to research and prove the existence of primitive individuals. By providing activities and experiences within specific environments, WC explores the unknown and unexplainable part of human relationships. Wildman Clab has previously created social encounters through mobile karaoke at Columbus Park, Chinatown, NY; and in Boat Date at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY.

“It Takes 11 Years Practice to be at the Same Pool is part of SPF, our first group show transforming the living room storefront into a swimming pool. SPF is a metaphor of the Special Special logo, a blue oval that is the pool of water to be submerged for creative dialogues. A fluid arrangement of various artist projects evoking the spirit of a poolside retreat, offering New Yorkers a refuge from the sweltering heat. Interspersed throughout the months of May through August, each highlighted project, workshop, and event opened with a Pool Party.”

Participating artists in SPF includes Lu Zhang, Aria McManus, Ben Langford, and an “Overflow” curation by John Belknap.

Bolts,

Oona Brangam-Snell

Past Exhibition

February 23–April 8, 2018

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Special Special presents BOLTS by Oona Brangam-Snell, a set of blankets featuring contemporary interpretations of classical painting motifs. BOLTS (a unit of measurement for fabric) consists of five original blankets by Brangam-Snell designed over the course of the past year....

Special Special presents BOLTS by Oona Brangam-Snell, a set of blankets featuring contemporary interpretations of classical painting motifs. BOLTS (a unit of measurement for fabric) consists of five original blankets by Brangam-Snell designed over the course of the past year. In addition, a sixth blanket designed in collaboration with Special Special in limited edition, depicts a night sky with creatures surrounding an oval oculus, looking onward to the universe in contemplation and wanderlust. Tapestries have traditionally hung in peoples’ homes as insulation and decoration. With BOLTS we offer a modern interpretation in the form of blankets that can embellish our living spaces, warm us through the chills of winter and blasts of air conditioning in summer, and even provide us with comfortable seating for convivial springtime picnics.

The BOLTS blankets use traditional images: monarchs in profile, bouquets of fruit and wine, nudes with livestock, enchanted landscapes, all liberated by synthetic colors and kinetic forms that would have been beyond the reach of the handlooms of the past. The quoted artworks, no longer ecclesiastically enshrined, present themselves as intimate companions, in the guise of blankets. The creatures and characters that populate these textiles are freed of the authority they used to embody. But they still remind us, in an era defined by the ascendancy of invisible forces, that sight comes before words and that we never lose our primal desire for beauty, food, nature and ornament.

Oona Brangam-Snell is a New York based textile artist whose work highlights the enduring power of traditional symbols and the emerging power of contemporary iconography, in an era defined by the digitization of fabric production. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Brangam-Snell is influenced by centuries of textile production, from medieval tapestries to theater curtains. She works as a fabric designer for the textile firm Maharam.

Her work has been in group shows, including exhibitions at Woods Gerry in Providence; The (Hot) Pink Salon in the West Village; and the Paisley Exhibit curated by artist Peter Hristoff at the School of Visual Arts. She has carried out a number of private commissions in New York and Toronto, and most recently completed a mural for Dewey Dufresne’s new shop, Byggyz, on the Lower East Side. This is Brangam-Snell’s first solo exhibition.

Flower Arrangement Workshop,

Special Special

Past Event

February 13, 2017

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A Pre-Valentine's Day workshop for participants to create a personalize flower arrangement with local, and seasonal flower for someone Special Special. The workshop was co-hosted by flower specialist Mackenzie Younger with aesthetic demonstrations from K Bao Luu, complete with an art school critique at the end. 

A Pre-Valentine's Day workshop for participants to create a personalize flower arrangement with local, and seasonal flower for someone Special Special. The workshop was co-hosted by flower specialist Mackenzie Younger with aesthetic demonstrations from K Bao Luu, complete with an art school critique at the end. 

Lu Yang Asia Character Setting Show,

Lu Yang

Past Exhibition

November 10–24, 2017

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For the Inaugural Creative China Festival, Special Special in collaboration with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) presents LUYANG Asia Character Setting Show. Featuring edgy garment design and contemporary Chinese media art by the acclaimed contemporary artist and designer Lu Yang.  Lu’s...

For the Inaugural Creative China Festival, Special Special in collaboration with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) presents LUYANG Asia Character Setting Show. Featuring edgy garment design and contemporary Chinese media art by the acclaimed contemporary artist and designer Lu Yang. 

Lu’s video and new media art merges science, computer programming, and digital imaging technologies (e.g. infrared camera image and X-ray), with moving image and various types of new media. Her fashion design, which is part of her own label: Lu Yang Asia, is deeply rooted in the context of anime, gaming, and sci-fi subcultures. As well as exploring complex issues such as mortality, mental illness, neuroscience, religion, and sexuality.

Presented as part of the Creative China Festival, this presentation of Lu Yang’s new media art and fashion designs offers an insight into the current trends of contemporary Chinese art and fashion exploring elements of edgy, urban and anime-inspired culture.

Lu Yang (b.1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real lifeforms and deities. Her work is deeply immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and sci-fi. Lu Yang earned two degrees from the new media art department of the China Academy of Arts. Her work has been presented both in China and abroad, including USA, Japan, Germany, Denmark, UK, Turkey, Canada, Russia, and Australia. In 2015, her work was presented in the China Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Moon Baby Boo!,

K Bao Luu and Seokhoon Choi

Past Exhibition

October 13–November 1, 2017

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Special Special presents Moon Baby Boo! A Halloween ensemble starring: Ghost, Angel, Skull, and Pumpkin (GASP!). Fashioned in Tyvek by K Bao Luu, designed with Seokhoon Choi. Wear white or give color. Write onto them love poems or hexes. Paint the town...

Special Special presents Moon Baby Boo! A Halloween ensemble starring: Ghost, Angel, Skull, and Pumpkin (GASP!).

Fashioned in Tyvek by K Bao Luu, designed with Seokhoon Choi. Wear white or give color. Write onto them love poems or hexes. Paint the town red. Moon Baby is the oeuvre of K Bao Luu—a collection of objects that read as lyrics, fashioning clothes of tomorrow.

Exhibition Duration: October 13 (friday) – November 1, 2017. Each costume was made in our backroom by K Bao Luu, in an edition of 4. Editorial photographs by Wen-You Cai. 

Jackets,

Mackenzie Younger

Past Exhibition

September 18–October 12, 2017

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Special Special presents Mackenzie Younger's Jackets. Inspired by NASCAR racing jackets and the streetwear fashion of Younger’s youth, the Jackets are both sensational and critical, addressing ideas around mimicry, recognition, the art world, and commodification. The exhibition at Special Special...

Special Special presents Mackenzie Younger's Jackets.

Inspired by NASCAR racing jackets and the streetwear fashion of Younger’s youth, the Jackets are both sensational and critical, addressing ideas around mimicry, recognition, the art world, and commodification.

The exhibition at Special Special presents the Jackets in the context of a gallery concept store and will feature a new edition of 100 satin green and black Jackets; the eight original unique Jackets, which hang over paintings; all within a site-specific installation involving garden plants native to New York and live butterflies hatched onsite.

Younger’s custom garments, emblazoned with iconic art world logos, is made available for collection and presented outside of a performance. Throughout 2017, the Jackets have appeared and participated in happenings at The Armory Show in New York and at Art Basel Hong Kong, among other venues.

Mackenzie Younger (b. 1990 NYC) received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Younger exhibited with A+E Studios in NYC, 2015, and the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2016, and contributed to auctions at the Emily Harvey Foundation and Paddle8. Professionally, Younger runs the company Native NY Gardens, which specializes in insect and native plant ecology.

Ripple Scribble,

Michele Xiaoyun Fan

Past Exhibition

July 20–August 20, 2017

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Ripple Scribble is a reflection on the moment when a stone is thrown into water. A small action can cause unexpectedly large effects—as an old Chinese saying goes, “one stone can create thousands of waves.” For this exhibition at Special...

Ripple Scribble is a reflection on the moment when a stone is thrown into water. A small action can cause unexpectedly large effects—as an old Chinese saying goes, “one stone can create thousands of waves.” For this exhibition at Special Special, we present ephemeral landscapes of ceramic tableware.

Each piece begins with a slab of clay that is hand-shaped by the artist. The glaze is poured onto each piece and shifted around in uneven layers, creating varying densities of color on the surface. This process renders each piece consistently unique. Every piece is coated with food-safe glaze and fired at 2232°F.

Michele Xiaoyun Fan is a ceramic artist based in New York. Inspired by the history of the medium that dates back thousands of years, she explores the infinite possibilities of ceramic through color and form. In 2015, she started her ceramic studio Atelier F.

Fan obtained her Master’s degree in Western Modern Art History from Christie’s Education in New York and studied photography at Syracuse University. She has worked at major art organizations, such as Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and Christie’s Auction House.

Bathroom Interiors,

John Belknap

Past Exhibition

April 27–June 30, 2017

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Special Special presents John Belknap’s first solo exhibition, Bathroom Interiors. Bathroom Interiors is a harmonious dialogue between the architectural interior of Special Special and Belknap's playful and contemplative re-imagining of intimate spaces. This show presents unique collages, GIFs, and exclusively produced...

Special Special presents John Belknap’s first solo exhibition, Bathroom Interiors. Bathroom Interiors is a harmonious dialogue between the architectural interior of Special Special and Belknap's playful and contemplative re-imagining of intimate spaces. This show presents unique collages, GIFs, and exclusively produced editions of shower curtains and postcard.

John Belknap (b. 1993 in Detroit, Michigan) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in New York. His work explores ideas of space, identity, displacement, and longing, through pen drawings, photography, collage, and animated GIFs. John graduated from NYU's Gallatin School where he concentrated in queer theory, art history and criticism.

 

Press: Art F City: See This Tonight: John Belknap’s Bathroom Interiors

Rooster New Year,

Chandra Bocci

Past Exhibition

February 2–March 6, 2017

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Special Special commissioned artist Chandra Bocci to create an original diorama for Chinese New Year. In honor of the year of rooster, Bocci creates a miniature world at Special Special in the artist's imaginative sensibilities and interpretations, with ready-mades.

Special Special commissioned artist Chandra Bocci to create an original diorama for Chinese New Year. In honor of the year of rooster, Bocci creates a miniature world at Special Special in the artist's imaginative sensibilities and interpretations, with ready-mades.

Twist Tie Ring Launch,

E for Effort

Past Event

December 13, 2016

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Special Special hosts our friends E for Effort on their launch of Twist Tie rings, featuring miniature dioramas by Chandra Bocci, as backdrop for posing with ringed fingers.  A Special Special Edition Twist Tie Ring was subsequently produced in the color blue.  E...

Special Special hosts our friends E for Effort on their launch of Twist Tie rings, featuring miniature dioramas by Chandra Bocci, as backdrop for posing with ringed fingers. 

A Special Special Edition Twist Tie Ring was subsequently produced in the color blue. 

E for Effort is a New York based design brand started by Beka Goedde and Rachel Ostrow. Inspired by Annie Albers and Bauhaus design, puns, paper, and packing materials, E for Effort’s products transformed the everyday into wearable fashion.

Sky Ladder Premiere,

Cai Guo-Qiang

Past Exhibition

October 13, 2016

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For the soft opening of Special Special, in conjunction with the documentary release of Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai-Guo-Qiang, Special Special presents art editions and merchandise by Cai Guo-Qiang.

For the soft opening of Special Special, in conjunction with the documentary release of Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai-Guo-Qiang, Special Special presents art editions and merchandise by Cai Guo-Qiang.