New York November 21st, 2010
Pablo’s Birthday is pleased to present hamansutra’s CAZAL Sunglasses Project in its New York debut.
A fashion celebration for and about fans of Cazal sun eyewear who may have been wondering what happened to Cari Zalloni.
Foreword by Cari Zalloni
(Austria, Kleinstuebing, Tuesday October 26 2010)
The project “Homage to Cari Zalloni” arose from hamansutra’s passion for CAZAL products, which he collects. In the late eighties Cari Zalloni (head designer of CAZAL) created 2 sunglasses styles that changed the hiphop community. Denis Pernath and hamansutra present Cazal portraits and collages. London, 2003.
About hamansutra: Solo Exhibition
I have been trying to contact Cazal since 2002 to request a foreword for my lookbook. Nine years were worth the wait. Cazal eyewear is associated with old school hiphop, graffiti, breakdance, DJs, record collectors and a host of other personalities. I have used all these elements for my
art at the Pablo’s Birthday Gallery in New York. Mixed techniques including photography, collages, graffiti, NY subway signs (the 80s Hall of Fame for graffiti writers and breakdancers), as seen in the legendary 1984 film “Beat Street” – produced by Harry Belafonte.
hamansutra’s art – a description
The phenomenon of graffiti can be categorized into areas such as fan graffiti, scratch graffiti, prison graffiti, stencil graffiti and many more. New York youth graffiti differs from other forms of graffiti by combining its elements into an entirely new visual language. I am particularly inspired by the New York youth graffiti movement, and in this collage work I have concentrated on this and its influence on my current work in art.
Hip-Hop Album Covers
The exhibition also includes selected hiphop record sleeves from hamansutra’s private archives that show CAZAL eyewear. Model 951 and 607.
Famous Cazal Wearers
MICHAEL JACKSON RIP, RUN DMC, MELANIE GRIFFITH, RODNEY O & JOE COOLEY, ELVIS PRESLEY RIP, BARRY NEWMAN, STEVIE WONDER, the FAT BOYS, MIKE TYSON, GWEN STEFANI, JAY Z.
About the Lookbok
A 24-page hamansutra Cazal lookbook. The book has been published in a limited edition of only 100. To date the book was available only here in the gallery or
If you require any further information or assistance, please contact me at haman(at) hamansutra.com
Cari Zalloni is an eyewear designer of outstanding reputation. His Cazal sunglasses - a name derived by combining the first syllables of his first and last names - are characterized by aggressive styling, unique detailing and unparalleled craftsmanship and express his uncompromising design attitude.
He says, “A designer eyewear line that pleases everyone is unlikely to inspire. Good design must be thought-provoking.”
Today a success story spanning 35 years and acclaimed all over the world, it began as a chance encounter which proved to be a lucky coincidence. In 1959, the two
stars of this 100% design story spent a short period working at the same place – a once-famous eyewear factory in Austria – without ever noticing each other.
Three years later… it all started to come together.
About the gallery
The gallery “Pablo’s Birthday“ for visual arts was founded in 2002
PHOTOGRAPHY . Denis Pernath
PHOTOGRAPHY . Atsushi Nishijima
PHOTOGRAPHY . Jimi Billingsley
PHOTOGRAPHY . Paul Boche
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Bomber (Helge Steinmann)
Guenter Y Lauke