A hotel room with a view of the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Savings Bank? That’s geographically impossible! Not at NU Hotel Brooklyn, where guests can immerse themselves in the borough when staying in select guestrooms painted with Brooklyn-themed wall murals.
As part of the NU Perspectives project, the 93-room boutique hotel has given creative license to five local artists to liven up the largest guestrooms. The hotel’s white walls and loft-like design serve as a blank canvas on which artists can put their signature creations. The murals give the rooms color and an edge, while maintaining a comfortable feel and a uniquely Brooklyn look.
Meet the artists behind the NU Perspectives project:
Brooklyn native Craig Anthony Miller, aka “CAM,” creates art through an exploratory process. He maps shapes into images that repetitively convey messages of strength triumphing over despair. His early influences are stained glass and the graffiti and street art that once dominated New York’s boroughs. CAM’s style employs his graphic arts training to create works that explore far, distant lands and tribal warriors stealthily transplanted into layered urban landscapes. www.craiganthonymiller.com
Adam Suerte, Room 302
Born and bred in South Brooklyn, the streets served as Adam’s canvas long before he was putting the streets on canvas. Drawing inspiration from his own graffiti career and his deep Brooklyn roots, his paintings often depict the area he grew up in as the wave of gentrification covers the finer details of the neighborhood he remembers and loves. Suerte is the founder of Urban Folk Art© Studios (an artist collective and gallery) and co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Tattoo®. He continues to make art on many levels in many mediums, from painting, to illustrating, to making comics, to print making. Visit www.adamsuerte.com/about to learn about this artist and check out this video on the creation of Room 302.
Steven Weinberg, Room 303
Steven Weinberg is an artist in Brooklyn, NY. He illustrated To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story with his girlfriend/writer/regular collaborator Casey Scieszka about the two years they lived around the world from Beijing to Timbuktu. He also does a variety of freelance illustration, cartoons, and paintings for individuals, bars, restaurants, ad agencies, and more.
Magdalena Marcenaro, Room 201
Argentine photographer and mixed media artist Magdalena Marcenaro has been living and creating in the United States for nearly twelve years. Her work, often deeply textured, exposes vulnerability joined with sudden ferocity, and nostalgia linked to sudden joy. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows from Buenos Aires to New York, including group shows for the Scope Foundation, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition , The Urban Folk Art, and Gowanus Print Lab in Brooklyn.
ICY and SOT, Room 202
Hailing from the city of Tabriz in North West Iran, brothers ICY AND SOT continue on their creative crusade to traverse pre-conceived perceptions of traditional Iranian art’s brevity through their highly intricate yet striking stencil artworks. Despite Iran’s cultural flourishing since the 2009 uprisings in Tehran, the challenges faced by creative free expression in the country are a constant struggle for its artists and society today. It is an oppressive force that provokes the Iranian art scene to fluctuate between an inhibited elegance and raw underground energy. This ambiguity is reflected in the vulnerable yet hopeful deep-set imagery of ICY AND SOT’s street art.
Kendra Beitzel, Room 306
Native Texan and Philadelphia raised, Kendra Beitzel now calls New York City her home of seven years. By day she is a textile designer, and by night an avid painter, stitch artist and screen printer. Her artwork leverages strong repetition of patterns and natural elements that show our environments and experiences stitched together. Kendra has been able to blend her love of textiles and stitch into her work, and continues to grow as an artist with the constant inspirations and opportunities that New York City offers everyday.
Sarah Reynolds, Room 206
Sarah H. Reynolds is a fine artist that has a passion for large-scale charcoal drawings. Her signature aesthetic is inspired by her visceral connection to the particular subject. Her work has been recently featured in Miami’s Art Basel, art galleries throughout New York, and has collaborated with illustrious brands such as Calypso St. Barth, Kmart Fashion, Salvatore Ferragamo and Sharpie. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in studio art and advertising. A frequent traveler, she is consistently inspired by the creative milieu and also credits her work aesthetic from her surroundings. She says when she initially starts a project she immediately connects to it and allows the creative process to unfold by paying extra attention to the structure, depth, and minutia of each subject. She considers her technique to be meticulous, profound, and dramatic. Sarah is based in Brooklyn, New York. www.sarahhreynolds.com
Edward Ubiera, Room 203
Edward Ubiera is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer working in a variety of mediums, including illustration, block-printing, screen-printing, hand-drawn type and watercolors. Edward has formal training from FIT and presently works full-time as a senior designer in fashion marketing. His freelance career includes design projects such as Bonaroo Music Festival and Galactic album covers. Outside of his commercial career, his work reflects his interest in hand-crafted art. Recent accomplishments include 60 illustrations displayed in a group show at the Frost Gallery in Brooklyn. When not working, Ed can be found skateboarding, collaborating on ‘zines, discovering underground comics, business collaborations with his fiancé, walking his rescue pit bull or eating tacos, all in his beloved borough of Brooklyn. To learn more about the artist, please visit www.edwardubiera.com or www.chickensandrobots.com
Dirty Bandits, Room 401
Like all work from Dirty Bandits, the pieces in this room focus on word play and stylized, hand drawn type. Dirty Bandits is a small design shop in Brooklyn run by Annica Lydenberg, a lettering artist, designer and illustrator with a deep obsession with type. Annica creates typography that is hand drawn, not using fonts, pulling stylistic influence from an ever growing photographic library of found type. Works are executed with screen printing, painting and pen and ink. www.dirtybandits.com
Sophia Dawson, Room 402
Sophia Dawson is a talented and self-motivated African American woman. She is a Brooklyn based artist who discovered her gift while painting a portrait of her father as she studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts. At that very young age of sixteen, she witnessed that her work moved and touched people from all walks of life. She has done group exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles as well a solo exhibition entitled “WET PAINT” in February 2009 in New York City. Her art has been featured in the Brooklyn Museum as well as published in Say it Loud magazine. Through her art, she aims to raise awareness on the struggles of oppressed people throughout history and works towards starting an art program that will create an atmosphere where minority youth can address, through art, the issues they face in society. www.ilovewetpaint.com