Last night the Walsh Gallery, a very nice art space off the Quick Center lobby, hosted a little party for Venü Magazine, that beautifully produced and artistically ambitious glossy that two local creatives introduced in May.
The second issue is hot off the presses, but the shipment didn’t arrive in time. One or two advance copies were passed around, and I saw it from a distance. I really like Venü, not just for its subject matter and not just because it affirms print as an important and viable medium.
I appreciated how, in their inaugural issue, they avoided the predictable piss-elegant nonsense that we’ve seen before. Urban settings, students from Bridgeport, graffiti-inspired art were all part of the mainly upscale editorial mix.
I’m going to take a leap here. I met them for only about two minutes, but the people behind Venü seemed very real and appear to have an earnest interest in elevating the culture without imposing pretense.
I can’t wait to get a second look at the second issue.