Quote of Note | Steven Heller

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By Stephanie Murg Comment

“[Kevin] O’Callaghan began what he calls the ‘monster’ object phase of his career back in the early 1980s when he was an advertising major at the School of Visual Arts. Upon graduating he showed his work to Milton Glaser. Rather than carry a standard portfolio up the two flights to Glaser’s 32nd Street Manhattan studio, O’C (as I call him) decided to build a two-story portfolio case. ‘I was a little late,’ O’C recalled, ‘because my portfolio got stuck in the Midtown Tunnel.’ In fact, it was wedged against the roof, and O’C had to let some air out of the tires of his trailer to free it. Showing up tardy, O’C met the slightly annoyed Glaser, who stated he didn’t have much time, and asked ‘Where is the portfolio, anyway?’ O’C answered, ‘Look out the window.’ The portfolio was level with the second floor. O’C continues, ‘So he got on his intercom to tell everyone “go to the windows,” and just as he did that a reporter from People magazine, who heard about the Midtown Tunnel incident, came to write a story that appeared on two pages in the magazine.’ After this, O’C started getting an enormous amount of work.”

-Steven Heller in his foreword to Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan (Abrams)

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