Agathe Snow Vernissage
MYKITA & Agathe Snow
Edition No. 54: You Are Here, 2011
for Deutsche Guggenheim to mark the All Access World exhibition
There are certain monuments and images of monuments that have become icons in our collective consciousness: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty or the Brandenburg Gate. Reproduced million-fold in magazines, posters and souvenir items, every one of us can immediately visualise these landmarks. But ubiquitous as those classic images may be – we all retain our own individual memory of them.
Agathe Snow took that notion of visual omnipresence a step further. A special work accompanying her All Access World exhibition for Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin comprises a pair of sunglasses with black mirrored lenses and a fine line of gold paint drawing a horizon line across them.
The CYRUS model references one of the most popular glasses frames of the 20th century, which originally found widespread appeal in the 1960s. The accentuated eyebrows and inventive material mix of thick acetate and fine metal was adopted by countless manufacturers and became a characteristic styling feature for that decade. The look created by the model is to this day associated with a variety of famous public figures such as John F. Kennedy.
Agathe Snow chose this landmark in eyewear design for her work entitled ”You are here”. The style is set in a new context in the form of MYKITA’s flat-metal concept. This version is devoid of chunky acetate applications or screws, with the iconic shape of the frame being reproduced in silhouette form and the original gold/black colour combination replaced by a vivid Neon Pink. The inner side of the lenses features a golden line depicting the skylines of New York or the Pyramids of Gizeh – for the wearer a barely tangible blur. The motifs are only there to see for all once the glasses are removed. The skylines are hand-painted, making each pair of glasses a unique item.
The metal frame comes in a two-tone finish in Neon Pink/Black and vice-versa in Black/Neon Pink with black mirrored lenses.
The product is packaged in a special box bearing a section of the city map in question. The wearer’s virtual position is marked by a ”You are here” marker (the size of the circle being based on that on Berlin metro maps).
CYRUS comprises a strictly limited edition of 200. All frames are individually numbered on the temple and packaging and are signed by the artist on an accompanying certificate.