Past as Presents: The Hole’s Holiday POSTERMAT Show

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Published December 23, 2010

ROBERT LAZZARINI’S POSTERMAT OFFERING.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST/THE HOLE NYC

Those who were around to witness Postermat, an East 8th Street staple of the ’80s and ’90s, remember it as the very best place in the city to find the sort of one-of-a-kind posters that turned drab teenaged bedrooms into palatial altars to the inhabitants’ punk icons of choice. The artist Aaron Bondaroff is among those who remember the shop fondly—so he suggested to The Hole NYC proprietress (and Deitch Projects alum) Kathy Grayson that they mount a show that might do its best to recapture Postermat’s spirit. Grayson had never visited Postermat herself, but isn’t one to back down from a challenge; thus was born POSTERMAT, a holiday show at The Hole featuring 200 new posters from artists as diverse (and Interview-friendly) as Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Aurel Schmidt, Kon Trubkovich, Hanna Liden, threeASFOUR, Harmony Korine, and Jack Pierson. (Not to mention Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Yoko Ono, and Bondaroff himself.)

The posters are $75 each; and each one comes from a numbered, limited-edition run of 50. The show, which came through with some aid from LEVI’S, runs through January 15.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON POSTERMAT, VISIT THE HOLE NYC ONLINE OR IN PERSON AT 104 GREENE STREET, GROUND FLOOR.