Nu Hotel x Trestle Artist
NU Perspectives Project, the 93-room boutique hotel has given creative license to a variety of artists to liven up the largest guestrooms. Natalie is one of the first Trestle Artists to join this project, and Trestle wanted to know more!
Natalie Lomeli: Room 406
Can you briefly describe the mural project at the Nu Hotel?
The NU Hotel mural project is a way for us to offer up a special opportunity for a wonderful community of artists who are interested in working in such a large and permanent scale. We have an ongoing submission process open to any Brooklyn artist. It's our goal to offer a unique and fun experience to artists and while offering the same to our guests. Our murals vary from the more abstract to realistic, many incorporating local architecture and details that connect the works to Brooklyn.
What is your favorite part about working with the artists?
My favorite part about working with artist is getting to chat with them about ideas that they are passionate about. Being an artist myself, I always enjoy a break from the day to talk about art, so really, I just enjoy the whole process!
What has the feedback been like from guests staying in the rooms?
Guests adore the mural rooms. Often times, they even feel disappointed if they don't get to stay in their favorite room, but we do our best to accommodate.
How many artists have created murals so far? And how many have been BAS/Trestle connections?
We have a total of 15 murals that have been created over the years and we are always interested in adding more. I'm pleased to report that we have 5 murals in house that were created by artists who have been connected to BAS/Trestle in some way.
Along with Natalie are more Trestle artists, we asked Lisa Warren, Hyun Jung Ahn, Myla Seabrook, and Kristen Haskell questions as well!
What inspired you to create your mural, and what did you enjoy about working with the Nu Hotel?
I was inspired to paint Truman Capote conceiving ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’ in his Brooklyn brownstone because The Nu Hotel is located just around the corner from where Truman Capote famously lived. I wanted to create a mural that focused on Truman Capote's house, so that one could imagine the writer’s life in Brooklyn. I was inspired by Capote's characters from Breakfast at Tiffany because they too were inspired by Capote's neighbors in Brooklyn Heights. I felt that placing quotes and handwritten text created an imaginary room where guests could drift off and escape the everyday while peacefully sleeping beneath the Tiffany blue inspired mural.
Working at the Nu Hotel was a pure delight and I was sorry to leave the comfortable room that I occupied for several days! The staff was very helpful when it came time to carry my supplies to and from the mural. They were all so nice at the Nu Hotel! There were great restaurants nearby and each day I enjoyed the most incredible bakery just down the Street. When I felt time to take a stroll by Capotes Brooklyn Heights brownstone for inspiration, I enjoyed an incredible restaurant for dinner as well. More typically, when it was cold outside, I opted for a hot chocolate break at the bakery and kept my work hours going into the night.
I was inspired by Brooklyn skies. As a child, I lived in Williamsburg with a clear view of the river and Manhattan skyline on my way home. I wanted guests to have a similar feeling of coming home, and adding the Brooklyn bridge was a personal touch of including one of my favorite landmarks.
I loved working with the NuHotel staff (and wonderful Natalie!) because everyone was so accommodating and kind. They appreciated the work I was putting into the project, and weren't afraid to make that clear. It was motivating!
Hyun Jung Ahn
I can say Brooklyn inspired me. I thought about ‘My Brooklyn’ for the work. I have been living in here for two years as an artist, and it is the most exciting time in my life. I wanted to create a new landscape to express my relationship and engagement with Brooklyn. For the design, the abstract shapes and colors were pulled from my visual lexicon diary.
First of all, the wall was the biggest canvas (9x14 ft) in my life and It was the first mural with my own design. That made me feel so excited and it was satisfying when I finished it, the process was harder than I thought though.
The working condition was also great. Natalie took care of everything I needed for the mural. She was amazing to work with and it was a good experience. Also, I stayed at the hotel while I worked on it and it was fantastic! I’m happy that my painting is to be part of the hotel.
Throughout the years as an artist my work has evolved in many stages, all with a constant theme, nature. Nature fascinates me in many ways, and it has always had somewhat of a presence in my work, whether deliberately or unconsciously. My work also has a repetitive theme of graphic line work and patterns, and tends to break the rules of perspective. This mural combines these aspects while also showing the Coney Island Skyline and a glimpse of local and revisiting wildlife. All of the species shown in the mural are either native to the New York waterways or have visited us from time to time.
I loved working with the Nu Hotel, from the beginning proposal stages throughout the completion of the mural including the launch party. Natalie was great with working with me and helping me finalize my proposal. All of the hotel staff was very helpful, making sure I had everything I needed during my execution of the mural. They also threw a very nice mural launch party to celebrate the completion of the three murals created last year. I am now expanding my relationship with the Nu Hotel with my clothing line Haskieville Apparel. Haskieville created a new design called "The Morning Commute", which is now printed on tote bags for the Nu Hotel. The bag will be sold on the Nu Hotel website as well
Trestle x Slate
Artist Reception: December 14th, 2016, 6pm
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Curated by Katerina Lanfranco
Slate.com and Trestle Gallery are pleased to present Steven Nedboy’s solo exhibition Poetic License at the Slate.com NYC headquarters at Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
Steven Nedboy works exclusively in a square format, because it creates a neutral background for pictorial space. He creates layered and colorful oil paintings with wax medium on both linen and canvas. The paintings are based on oil pastels drawings. These are used for inspiration for the larger oil paintings, and at times translated into digital interpretations that are produced at a larger scale. Working with oil pastels allows Nedboy to explore color relationships, texture, atmosphere, and space in the image. Converting the spontaneous surface and atmospheric qualities of the oil pastels into deliberate oil paintings is the starting point of these artworks. However the results are seductive surfaces with various types of paint applications and rhythmic patterns and all-over abstractions, or strong figure ground dynamics.
Music is an important part of the artist’s creative process, particularly jazz. Nedboy listens to the greats: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Clark, and many others. The rhythms and emotions of these artists help propel and inspire his creative process.
Influences include: Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, Barnett Newman, Arshile Gorky, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Eduard Degas, Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, Jake Berhot, and Licio Isolani at Pratt Institute for sculpture and foundry teaching.
Steven Nedboy earned his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, (1982). And his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York where he studied with Isolani Licio (1974).
Mr. Nedboy grew up in Brooklyn New York and attended the high school of Art and Design, where he majored in Architecture. He then attended New York City Technical College earning an Associate in Art and Advertising Design. Afterwards he attended Pratt Institute studying sculpture, figure, and mold-making, including bronze casting at the Pratt foundry, as well as printmaking and painting, earning a BFA, Bachelor of Fine Art. He attended Hunter College, studying painting, and printmaking, earning a MFA, Master of Fine Art. His career has varied in many artistic areas, including painting and digital drawing, making sculpture for other artists, creating sculptural signs, textile designer, and brownstone restorations. He currently lives in New York City.
Breaking New Ground
Artist Reception: July 14, 2016, 6pm
For the inaugural exhibition at Slate’s new headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, Trestle Gallery presents Breaking New Ground. This art exhibition showcases four artists who work with formal investigations that range from abstract to representational. Rhia Hurt’s series pushes against our expectations of color field painting by creating uniquely shaped modular surfaces that combine conventions of sculpture and painting. Abigail Groff Hernandez uses the restrained tradition of still-life painting to subtlety break the illusion of pictorial space through contrasting formal compositions. Melissa Staiger’s paintings employ the circle as a motif and starting point to explore formal and visual principles, as well as abstract and mystical concepts. Katerina Lanfranco’s paintings embrace seemingly opposite painterly, chaotic natural forms and hard-edge geometric shapes and symbols, harmoniously blending sacred geometry and biophilia. Collectively, the artworks in this exhibition challenge the status quo and the tradition of painting. Using unexpected media, surface, and paint application, these artists are breaking new ground in their creative dialogues with contemporary art.
View catalogue of TRESTLE x SLATE first collaboration event Breaking Ground
Trestle x LoMA
Each year, Trestle partners with the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy to provide internship opportunities to their students. Our current interns:
Layla McCants is a senior at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy who hopes to be able to study art history in the fall. She has worked and works closely with The Whitney Museum of American Art helping them plan teen events and working with artists as a Youth Insights Leader. She has had a film and a painting shown there and hopes to have a future in critiquing art or working in art education.
Matthew is currently a senior at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. He is an aspiring artist and is currently waiting to hear back from colleges. He dabbles in almost anything he can get his hands on, but right now his focus is printmaking and experimenting with the medium. Matt hopes to also bring more awareness to trans issues in the art world as he progresses as an artist. His current project is to ingrain and document his transition in his own work. He has participated in the Outreach and Saturday programs from the Cooper Union.