Studio Visit EyeBodega
Rolling on the mantra of ‘Figure it out as we go’, EyeBodega, the multi-disciplinary design studio, is capable of even more than the planters you’ve seen at HANDJOB Gallery/Store.
Founded in 2009, EyeBodega launched with glitchy punk music videos for various Myspace bands. As projects slowly got bigger, the music videos started showing on Pitchfork and co-founder Rob Chabebe became the designer for the Whitney Biennial in 2012. Now, EyeBodega is designing websites, album art, and tote bags; collaborating on zines, animating 3-headed razors for Harry’s, 3D printing ceramic vases and plastic planters, branding company websites, and painting.
Less than one year ago EyeBodega, now a household name, signed on at their Brooklyn studio where natural light radiates from tall windows and photosynthesizes the studio vegetation. Plants hang from high ceilings, lounge off tables, stand on the floor, and chill on windowsills. Rob Chabebe and Ari Spool sat down at their Memphis bacterio work table and told me about the major conceptual jump the space initiated for the six-year-old design group. EyeBodega got serious— arriving daily to make work whether they had clients and timelines or not. Spool explains that when not commissioned, much of EyeBodega’s more personal work comes from needing things, hating what’s commercially available, and solving that problem by constructing these objects themselves.
Interested in making designs and objects that last, Chabebe attempts to keep all projects the studio puts out on the same level. Whether the project is making planters for the EyeBodega studio or helping a national company figure out who they are visually, Chabebe wants to maintain a certain quality.
Chabebe and Spool agreed they have a lot of ideas and are just waiting for the time to use them.