WH: I think one of the most compelling and interesting things about art and design is that they're almost infinitely complex. There’s no way to write an algorithm to design a space or curate art. There are examples throughout history where art serves as the foundation of a spiritual experience, whether you are walking through the Sistine Chapel looking at Michelangelo’s frescoes, or time traveling through the Lascaux caves. Art can also serve as a source of power, if you think about walking through the JP Morgan Library or the MoMA.
When it comes to residential projects, like 450 Washington, I think Elliot is spot on. It’s not only about selecting the right artwork, or even placing it correctly. It’s about the complexity of all the ingredients working together in order to achieve a feeling.
The feeling that we spoke about with Elliot and MAWD for 450 Washington was authenticity. New York City is still the capital of the art world, and has been since the post-war period. We wanted to select art that created an energy in the space that aligned with the project. Here in the Lobby, you can see the works of Vicky Barranguet. She's a New York based, Uruguayan painter who's inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, which was born here in New York. It’s a very New York aesthetic, it captures a lot of movement and energy. In Vicky’s case, she collaborated with a dancer for this piece, which is visible in her painterly strokes.