Category Archives: Culture

Rock'n'roll Benefit

Artspace knew they wanted a rock-and-roll theme for their fundraising auction, but they needed a name, a look, and a focus. Since the annual gala is over 10 years old, they needed a new approach to draw a new crowd. I helped them define and promote a rocking party to welcome people of all ages with a fun, glam atmosphere. First, I designed a custom questionnaire to […]

Integration dinner

For the Lunar New Year of 2013, Berlin-based artist Kate Hers Rhee asked to collaborate on one of her Integrationsstammtisch projects, a series of performative “integration dinners” responding to the ongoing debate over the integration of immigrants into Germany and Berlin. [gss ids=”1328,1329,1331″] What does integration actually mean? Is it simply speaking the language or assimilating into the local […]

Crystal Open Studios

For the fifteenth annual City-Wide Open Studios festival in New Haven, the organizers at Artspace asked me to help them implement an event-wide theme for the first time. To celebrate Open Studios’ crystal anniversary, they chose the theme crystal. To convey Artspace’s vision of crystals as a metaphor for art, artists, and the events — which reflect, refract, […]

Article on "Berlin Half-Stories"

I was asked to write several pieces about emerging artists and designers for INMYX, an online magazine. One artist I chose to profile was Mónica Naranjo Uribe, whose work I was delighted to stumble upon at an art school open house in Berlin. Here is the piece. The first thing that strikes you about the Berlin […]

Firehouse 12 Records

Firehouse 12 is a labor of love. Jazz lover Nick Lloyd transformed an old firehouse in downtown New Haven into an audiophile’s jazz club and recording studio. The amazing sound and excellent recording equipment draw musicians who might not otherwise have come to this small city. Meanwhile, the modern yet welcoming spaces draw people who might not otherwise […]

Meet the Foomps

Following a serendipitous meeting with the Dutch illustrator and character designer Mieke Driessen, I followed up with this short profile of her work for Exberliner magazine. Thumb-sized and thumb-shaped, pop-eyed Foomp puppets from Dutch artist Mieke Driessen are peeking from pockets of travelers around the world, many of them Berliners. In her goofy, participatory art project “Foomps Around the World,” Driessen […]