Oliver Adelson (HOA)
Oliver Adelson’s career as a painter began on York City’s
Lower East Side in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Helen
became an integral part of the thriving renegade artistic
and performance art scene, known as the Lower East Side, which
became an international sensation. During this time Helen
painted portraits of performance artists, musicians, film-makers
and writers including Penny Arcade, Stephanie and Lenny Kaye,
Mary Lou Whittmer, Louie Cartwright, Kembra, Samoa, Brian
Damage and numerous other “underground luminaries.”
Helen Oliver Adelson has had one-woman shows in Zurich and
Paris and has sold numerous commissioned portraits around
the world including a portrait commissioned by Brother Flip
Crawley, the prison inmate whose words instigated the famed
Attica Prison Riots.
is one of the first artists that started the Carlton Arms
Art Projec. Between 1986-1987 she painted two rooms that became
famous for years but later on were sadly destroyed by water
damage and graffti: "It was a liberating experience.
Two weeks is not very much time to paint a room. It was amazing
to be in that room for two weeks with nothing to think about
except painting it, divorced from life in general except for
the new life there.
It was fun telling people if they would ask for a room in
New York City to go to The Carlton Arms Hotel and ask for
a Helen Oliver room."
waited almost 30 years for Helen to come back.
from Tarquinia, Italy, where she resides, Helen has been here
for two months now. Her wonderful new piece "The Beginning"
in the walls of room 5A is an amazing acomplishment.
feel honored to have that painting in our walls.
most grafeful to be around her, enjoying every minute of her
creative process, her energy, herself ...
Barraclough is a British artist, teacher and researcher, born
in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1957, currently resident in Liverpool
and member of The Royal Standard artist’s collective.
He works primarily in drawing, photography, performance, film
work themes include: temporality and the temporary nature
of all things, authorship and ownership, ambiguity and truth
and the turning point between abstraction and representation,
drawing as analogous to (and companion with) music or sound.
He currently teaches as a visiting professional at Liverpool
Institute for Performing Arts and is working on the research
theme ‘Why Drawing Now’ with Kate Genever, Amada
Ravetz and Anne Douglas (part of the Connected Communities
strand of AHRC).
Carlton Arms Hotel has been a hotel for over a hundred years.
It has seen the comings and goings of many residents and has
been witness to a remarkable century of New York City's history.
When I first spent time in the room it soon became clear that
the drawing would just emerge from the atmosphere. I just
had to act as the note taker as I felt the friction of all
those residents, imagined their stories and circumstances,
highs and lows."
started to show his drawing ability from an early age. Consequently,
as a result of his interest in drawing and painting, he started
to paint with oils when he was eleven years old.
Due to his desire of knowing new places and people, and to
experience new things that would enrich him as a person and
artist, he studied fine arts in several universities in Spain.
Finishing his studies in the University of Barcelona.
After his studies he kept moving and went to live to different
cities, such Madrid, Miami, Berlin and finally NY.
He usually works in his studio, but he has done several murals
in the outside, specially in the city of Miami.
The main themes of his works have been specially colorful
landscapes and portraits. His portraits not only reveal his
technique but also the psychological nature of the subject.
Post impressionism, fauvism and, above all, the expressionism
of the beginning of the 20th century have influenced him most.
Artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, George Grosz,
Egon Schiele or Lucian Freud have been his big inspiration.
After many years of doing nature landscapes, and portraits,
he decided to start a new series of paintings. Focusing his
attention in old streets and buildings. Using this time stronger
and brighter colours. Creating a lot of different textures,
and twisting the shape of the roads and buildings, he generates
the sensation of movements, the sensation that those streets
and buildings inside his paintings are alive.
Brinkhof is an art director, stage designer and visual artist
based in Rotterdam, NL.
Her comprehensive experience in theatre, tv, photography and
film make her a sought after practitioner.
She is known for making miracles happen out of limited resources.
Marijke regularly works internationally, her portfolio includes
commissions in Germany, Hungary and the UK.
14b is an abstract place where imagination and reality intersect.
It is a relaxing comfort zone in the city, a shimmering space
to dream and long for your loved (or lost) ones, wrapped in
colours, reflected by mirrors of moods.
we separate like ripples on a blank shore - in rainbows
lived at the Carlton Arms from November 2000 through October
2001 while attending film school. Moving around from 10B,
6B, 8B and 6D, I eventually landed (after a lot of hinting
and begging) a room of my own to design - 3C. Known simply
as “the cow room” - white walls with black splotches
and green astroturf - it had been painted by a German artist
in 1995. Grungy and in dire need of some technicolor TLC,
I decided upon a maximal color immersion Hindu theme: the
“inner sacred cow.” During a brutal New York summer
with no A/C, I lived and worked in 3C amid heat rashes, paint
grime and spontaneous emotional breakdowns. Within two months,
it was wall-to-wall vibrancy and I dubbed it, The Glowing
Hindu Love Boudoir. Along with another artist’s room,
the opening was scheduled for September 13th, 2001…
Around the corner from the hotel is the Lexington Armory,
known to me then as the “emotional Ground Zero”
where everyone went to find out any news about their loved
ones. Applying final touch-ups to Ganesh, tears blurring my
vision while the world spun out of control, was the most paradoxical,
wrenching moment I’ve had as an artist and human. Amid
the collective despair, surreality and weeks of endless sirens,
I struggled to keep the faith that art, beauty and love are
the only ways I know how to effect social change. As an nascent
documentary filmmaker, I was unable to pick up a video camera.
All I could do was feel - and six weeks later, leave.
politics are based in aesthetics and emotional connection,
and over the years, I’ve heard some amazing, affirming
stories about 3C; and always hoped it would live on - a historic
moment in time preserved in the positive. But to ensure its
longevity, I knew it was due for a much-needed makeover and
freshening-up. Given the magnitude of the circumstances in
2001, I’d long given up any hope or need of fêting
3C. Who could have imagined that exactly thirteen and a half
years to the day - September 13, 2001/March 13, 2015 - The
Glowing Hindu Love Boudoir would have its happy opening at
long last, alongside the unveiling of four new rooms at the
best hotel around? Full circle magic at the Carlton Arms."