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:
CAM, Room 301
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.
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
Saroj Patel, Room 403
Saroj is a London based artist and designer whose practice encompasses illustration, painting, graphic design, typography and art direction. Nature is a compelling part of her work which incorporates decorative arrangements of organic forms, flora, and wildlife, creating a distinctive hand drawn style which displays a fluidity of movement through the use of patterns, lines and colour. Saroj draws inspiration from exploring the natural and built environments around her, from wandering city streets to hiking in forests and mountains, capturing moments of stillness and chaos, embracing and absorbing the beauty in every moment. “For room 403 at the NU Hotel Brooklyn, I wanted to create a space where you can be engulfed in color, pattern and nature, where oversized birds and flowers become part of your dreams and for a moment you escape the chaos of the city.” For more information about the artist, you can visit her webpage at www.sarojpatel.com
Laura Hollick, Room 207
Laura Hollick is a Soul Art Shaman. She is an awardwinning artist, visionary guide and global activist for the nü earth. After walking 10,000km on a Vision Quest Laura clarified her purpose and dove into business to realize it. She is the creator of Soul Art Studio Inc., a business devoted to circulating love around the planet with creative inspiration. BRAVO TV created a documentary about Laura’s art and life called ‘The Artist LifeLaura Hollick’. She has hosted and produced over 500 radio shows for 93.3 FM CFMU called ‘The Artist’s Lifestyle’. Laura art and insights inspire audiences around the world with her Global Projects like International Soul Art Day, The Global Vision Quest, nü Icon: The Movie, and her TEDx talk called ‘You are the Art’. You can learn more about Laura and her Soul Art work at: www.soulartstudio.com
Michael Sorgatz, Room 404
Currently living in NYC, I was born in Chicago and lived in California where I earned a BFA degree at the Art Institute of Southern California. I publish the websites Art in Brooklyn and Art in New York City which promote local artists. Sorgatz’ paintings of figures in urban landscapes depict the constant evolution of the city, exploring the boundary between abstraction and realism. Working from digitally manipulated photographs, he systematically breaks down the image by overlaying a geometric pattern and reducing the image to a series of simple shapes. Using an improvisational method, he applies the paint with a variety of tools such as brushes and painting knives. This technique creates a highly textured surface as layers of paint are applied to build the picture, obscuring identities and context. The resulting images portray a dynamic state of turbulence where shapes collide, merge, and separate to create new forms. For more information about the artist, visit http://www.mikesorgatz.com/
Natalie Lomeli, Room 406
Natalie Lomeli received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, located in Portland OR, graduating with the Dean’s Scholarship, PNCA grant, as well as an Honors Scholarship. Originally from Southern California, Lomeli moved East to New York shortly after her graduation in May 2011. Since locating to New York she has played an active role in an emerging art community in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the Gowanus Swim Society, an art collective who presented an installation at Governor’s Island Art Fair in September of 2014. She has painted murals for Rudy’s Barbershop of Portland OR, The Ace Hotel New York, and Nu Hotel Brooklyn. Lomeli is an alumni of the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Brooklyn Art Space Residency program, as well she received a full scholarship to attend a course at Anderson Ranch Art Center in the Summer of 2013. Her work has been featured in a group exhibition at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, a solo exhibition at the Higgins Gallery in Portland OR, and numerous shows at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn NY, to select a few. More information about her can be found at www.natalielomeli.com.