The Carlton Arms Hotel
160 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
212 679 0680







Helen Oliver Adelson (HOA)


Helen 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.

Helen 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."

We waited almost 30 years for Helen to come back.

Coming 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.

We feel honored to have that painting in our walls.

And most grafeful to be around her, enjoying every minute of her creative process, her energy, herself ...

Jon Barraclough


Jon 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 and sound.

His 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).

"The 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."

Rafael Gluckstern


He 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.

Marijke Brinkhof


Marijke 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.

Room 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.

'Because we separate like ripples on a blank shore - in rainbows

Noelle Elia


"I 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.

My 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."



The artists in their own words…

Dan Bern - 3D

Me: "Lulu, what should I paint?"
Lulu: "Cats! Taxis! Crazy!!!"

André van der Kerkhoff - 15D

“Without those who dare to swim against the norm, the world would be beige and boring!”




Christian Schilling - 6C

"The design of room 6C is inspired by New York's Art Deco architecture found throughout in the city, most prominently in the iconic Chrysler building. The colours and textures were chosen in order to play with ideas around palatial rooms and to create a stage-like environment to be inhabited by the hotel guests.
The paintings on the panels depict everyday scenes of New York and mix New York's history and present time, combining comic style painting and theatre design."

Andrea Clinton - 8B

"In residency at the Carlton arms I was faced with creating an entity where one can escape the world of Manhattan and close the door tightly... As a classically trained figurative painter working in the tradition of humanism....
My femme figurines reside in timelessness contained in a moment...being against gravity, while creating its own abyss...I invite you to peer into the light on form of this chamber, and ponder/decide if what is seen or seems is but a dream within a dream "

Rob O'Connor - 2B

Logorrhea Borealis

"My work for 2B is an immediate and direct response to New York City. When I first arrived in New York in 2013, I was immediately confronted with the expected clichés of diners, neon signage, flags, jazz bars, all of those unreal fantasies. Something seemingly insignificant that really caught my attention were the trash bags piled up on street corners. While living in Long Island City, I would walk past a pile of trash bags daily on my way to Queensboro Plaza. Every day/ week/ month it grew, one fantastically-colored plastic bag at a time. This hideous out-of-control garbage pile said everything to me. The bags I have painted are imaginary. The shapes and colors are abstractions drawn from memory and what pattern and rhythms of nature I can feel and observe from my studio window and strolls around the city. Within an image of urban waste I have tried to capture - in brief painterly moments - some true sense of nature."

The photo shows…


Alison Nguyen: Night-Shift

As Alison Nguyen shows us in Night-Shift, time is like a cloud of cigarette smoke, something nebulous, ever expanding and retreating, and if we try to take its measure we may only let it slip through our fingers. In Nguyen's photographic nocturnes, memory and even time itself shift--rooms widen and narrow, figures are visited by their own ghosts, darkness creeps in at the edges. The mundane day-to-day--night-to-night--workings of a hotel slip loose from their moorings and enter another world completely. In these images, Nguyen elides the distinctions between performance and documentation, between observation and hallucination.


Alex Wolkowicz: Aftermath

'aftermath' (working title) is an ongoing photography project by Alex Wolkowicz, documenting the Carlton Arms' hotel rooms as they are left behind by their occupants. Wolkowicz accesses the empty rooms during the brief window of time after checkout, when they are about to be reverted into rooms with nobody's personal history attached to it. With the rooms still smelling of the people who just left, Wolkowicz catches intimate insights into abandoned temporary homes… She is left with the debris of a time spent here behind closed doors, gathering evidence of lost (hi)stories…



Darek Solarski : (P)hotelgraphy

Photographing artists at the Carlton Arms Hotel is always a very unique experience...Hotel's environment, creative personalities, walls of paint...trying to capture those few moments when the time stops...and then again all goes on...



Ivey Balderson
room 2C

Magical figures are coming out of the blank walls of room 2C as Ivey Balderson struggles with his tools and mixes of "yeso" and other materials to create an unique universe of his own where his characters, forms and shapes colide and interact in what seems to be a peaceful dialogue. The artist's transformation of the walls of 2C will be shown in March.

Albin Wiberg
room 14C

"Painting to me is relieving and expressing a mood or a feeling from inside, subconscious as well as registrations and interpretations of everyday life social, emotional and general. I do whatever it takes to create that certain feeling." says Albin Wiberg who came from Sweden to participate in our art project. In two weeks of work he expressed himself in the walls of 14C and marked NYC with his art.

Katie Merz
room 14B

It's great for the Carlton Arms Art Project to have Katie Merz commited to paint one of our rooms.
From Brooklyn, NY, Katie is nationally know for her particular paintings, murals and projects. She is what we call an "iconic" New York artist and having her paintings in our walls make us proud.


Eléonore Josso
room 7D

Parisian artist Eléonore Josso showed her latest beautiful works at the Artbreak Hotel Gallery in 2011 in an exhibit titled "Tempest in a Teapot."
This year she came back to participate in the Carlton Arms Art Project and took her art to the walls of room 7D.

Young, talented and infatigable, her works have been part of numerous exhibits in different cities in Europe and the US.



Alex Wolkowicz
room 8D

Alex Wolkowicz is a Polish/German photographer and artist resident in Liverpool/UK and Bonn/Germany.

Her work explores themes about our relationship with the world and how we share it with each other and other living things. Essentially tactile and documentary, her work springs from her experience with photography, performance, theatre and the creation of unique representations of places, things and histories. She works with still and moving imagery often with the addition of sound.



Christina Dallas
Photo exhibit in rooms 1A & 3A

Christina Dallas is a American artist and photographer who's work is installation based,and not digitally composed. Her photographs are created from her installations, which are set up for the camera.
Her work seeks to speak of the magical and spiritual properties of photography. The camera as a tool of documentation that captures matter and acts as a conduit of light. She will be exhibiting both her photographies and an installation.



Darek Solarski
"Dirty Laundry Darkroom"
Photo exhibit in room 4A

Darek Solarski, NY artist, photographer and musician has been involved with the Carlton Arms Art Project for almost 10 years.
Among other works he created room 11A in 2006 and the lobby's mural 'Foyer Wall' in 2007.
Over the years, his photographs of events and artists working in the hotel rooms accumulated to an interesting body of work that can be described as documentary, abstract, bizarre.






Swedish born artist Emil Tibell started working in the transformation of room 6A.

A freelance illustrator based in Harlem, New York , Emil’s visual discourse dabbles in the tradition of memento mori, the visual reminder of the transience of life on this earth, found in the recurring symbols of mortality and ephemeral corporal existence. Fed by occurrences in his personal life, he also seeks to portray the grueling human struggle with malice, addiction, loss and love.

The murals will be shown to the public by the end of winter.

Visit to see more of this artist work.






Blaide Lallemand and Hilary Cuerden-Clifford from Australia won the second prize of the international art competition "Charlatan Ink Art Prize 2011" with the photographic piece "Journey to Morning: 5 Sleepers."

Part of the prize was a residenship with the Carlton Arms Art Project.

Blaide just arrived from Australia and her idea is to reciprocate the awarded work with photo prints and a live projection into the walls of room 8B (photo)

Click here to see the awarded piece.

More about Blaide Lallemand





Artist Frans Franciscus from The Netherlands
works as an contemporary Master on his paintings.

His works present an exhibition highlighting modern art, mostly inspired by classic European paintings. His sources of inspiration include pieces by painters like Hendrick ter Brugghen, Caravagio and Rogier van der Weyden.

He combines or re-arranges compositions of old masters depicting biblical stories in an up-to-date and idiosyncratic fashion. Scenes from his own environment are added and characters are restyled without losing their original role. His works derives its meaning in part from the tension he contrives to generate between his admired example and his own creation.




Alex Wolkowicz is a Polish/German photographer and artist resident in Liverpool/UK and Bonn/Germany.

Her work explores themes about our relationship with the world and how we share it with each other and other living things. Essentially tactile and documentary, her work springs from her experience with photography, performance, theatre and the creation of unique representations of places, things and histories. She works with still and moving imagery often with the addition of sound.





Alexis Eggertsen is a Seattle based musician, writer and media artist. Her work alternates between sensual and synesthetic meditations on natural rhythms and relationships, and sarcastic and comedic reflections on contemporary life. She is currently working on the Artbreak video installation and her debut album, both which speak to each other, as well as further developing Digiself, an interactive performance she co-wrote, co-directed and tech directed, and which debuted at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.

She recently placed second in the international "Charlatan Ink Art Prize 2011" competition, and part of the prize is a residency at the Carlton Arms. Here, she is filming footage in preparation for a new video art installation about the boundaries and breakthroughs of the creative process. She will merge documentary footage of the other artists working at the Carlton Arms with her own private explorations of the individual hotel rooms. This will be in turn woven with with symbolic and colorful representations of creative frustration, exploration and breakthrough. Half of the footage will be shot inside the walls of the Artbreak Hotel, and the other half will be shot in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, and will pull from both the comedy and sensuality of her past work.

More about Alexis Eggertsen




Eva Silverman, a designer and photographer from Oakland, CA, is a New Jersey native, who grew up going to Bensonhurst, and in her teens discovered the Lower East Side through punk rock

Eva never feels more at home than when she is in New York when her accent is in full effect and she can jaywalk as efficiently as possible.

She is currently working in "Mapping Roots NYC" in room 7C, an art installation that spans NYC in geography and history. It features a simplified map of NYC spanning two walls, with alternative points of history that have been important to the three generations of her family, intertwining the stories of a changing city, with that of her immigrant family’s history.

The map will cover 2-3 walls the room and the fourth wall will be covered in chalkboard paint so that those who visit the room will be able to mark their own points of interest in the city, giving the project an interactive element and inviting collaboration.

Follow Eva's journey at the Carlton Arms

"Pushcart" and more about Eva Silverman



For the third time in the last 15 years, Rodney Dickson came to the hotel and did a total transformation to the walls he has been using as canvasses for his evolving concepts.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1956, Rodney Dickson is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, where he first came in 1992, as an International Studio Artist at P.S.1 Museum.

He has exhibited his work internationally during the past 15 years and has received many prestigious awards and prizes.

His work can be found in several important public collections in U.S.A., Europe and Asia.

His most recent solo exhibition at CAVE in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, showcases his large canvas paintings including a work based on the theme of the Vietnam War, a subject he has periodically revisited over the past 15 years.


The Carlton Arms Art Project (c) 1995