January 30, 2013
“6ft 6in,” a Shining Tribute to The Hardwood Showdowns of Yesteryear.
Brooklyn-based graphic artist and illustrator Kimou Meyer, known to most as Grotesk, has long been lauded for both his hip-hop-inflected characters and clever typographical explorations of urban street signage and athletic Americana. His newest project and first venture into the universe of functional art, “6ft 6in”—an ode to the timeless hardwood battles of the 1990s made in partnership with Belgium’s Case Studyo—blends these poles of his talent with veteran fluency.
Anyone vaguely familiar with Meyer’s body of work can immediately identify “6ft 6in,” a sculptural lamp sporting string bean legs and blocky sneaker feet, as not only a signature Grotesk output, but also a design incubation decades in the making.
In addition to the hall of fame showdowns, Meyer was also obsessed with the financially inaccessible footwear choices of the pros—an early sign of his unique perspective on the complex relationship between sport and commerce. Though never a self-proclaimed ‘sneakerhead,’ it took a 1999 relocation to New York City and a successful transition into commercial artistry for Grotesk to earn his first pair of $150 Nikes, which still occupy a privileged position in his closet and inspiration bank.
With a celebrated resume as a publisher and producer of fine artworks, furniture and objects by contemporary artists including ESPO, Todd James and Kevin Lyons, Case Studyo was the perfect partner to bring Grotesk’s brainchild to life. And with a little help from well-wishing friends and colleagues at Nike, Meyer secured the company’s blessing to create a limited edition of handmade Swoosh-adorned lamps, each will be delivered in a special Grotesk-designed wooden case with a numbered card signed by the artist.
75cm – 30inch high
hand painted wood
red/white/black comes in an edition of 23 + 4AP
screenprinted wood ‘shoe’ box
signed and numbered certificate by Grotesk