November 16, 2011 | 12:00pm
Shulman and Associates, an architectural firm located in the Design District, kindly offered their outside walls as a well-situated installation space to up-and-coming artists during the past two Art Basels. Last year, Jessy Nite
created a storefront mural that brought glam and bling to those waltzing around 38th Street.
"We've given free reign to the artist each year and it's been a lot of fun," notes architect Allan Shulman. "We like the idea of using the skin of our pretty nondescript office as a canvas while Art Basel Miami Beach stampedes around the city." This Basel, Steve Saiz, lead designer at FriendsWithYou was chosen to use his artistic prowess to jazz up the building.
"I feel very blessed and lucky to have this opportunity." Saiz says.
He typically likes painting, collage, and creating patterns and his own cartoon characters. Influenced by artists like Garfield's Jim Davis, Murakami, Freegums, and Jack Teagle, we can probably expect some graphic looking creatures to pop up as Shulman's temporary neighbors.
Saiz also creates zines and has his own solo record coming out on Cosmic Chronic.
"I plan on covering the Shulman buidling with hundreds of different paintings and images and collages, expressing a playful narrative," he says.
Those are the only hints Saiz will offer on what to expect from the installation.
As for Shulman, he believes, "the process of transforming the building, which we document, becomes part of the piece. And then we celebrate with a blowout party, opening up our office to show S+A architectural and design work in addition to the artist's work."
He says he chose the young artist because he likes Saiz's work and sensibility and is excited to see what he has in store for the walls.
"He subverts typically cheerful cartoon-y imagery so that it curdles, and that creates an interesting kind of tension." S+A is not stranger to the arts. They've designed the Rubell Family Collection and the Sagamore's renovation into the Art Hotel.
The kick-off for Saiz's mural takes place on December 1 at 7 p.m. Saiz will be playing music alongside Kabuki Iron Kolors and DJ Benton. An effects board on display will offer an interactive element to the performance by allowing people to affect the music. Shulman and Associates is located on 100 NE 38 Street.