The Creators of NYC: Geometric Artist Aakash Nihalani
Josh Wool spent a decade as an executive chef, opening restaurants across the south. But all that changed in 2010, when the carpal tunnel in his hands meant he could no longer work. To keep from going stir crazy, he picked up a camera and found his next calling. Two years, thousands of portraits, and a move to New York later, Wool is documenting the people who inspire him on a daily basis. Welcome to Creators of NYC.
Aakash Nihalani is at the forefront of the next generation of modern artists working in New York. His work in spray paint and tape can be found not only on the walls of private collectors but in and around the streets of New York. I met up with Aakash in his Williamsburg studio, where he was preparing for a solo show.
How do you describe your art?
It’s hard … I usually direct people to look up an image on their phone. But I think at the barest, the work is about perspective, playing with our idea of three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional plane using tape as my primary medium, often in urban environments.
Eero Saarinen, TWA Flight Center, New York Idlewild Airport
New York, 1956–62
Photographs by Balthazar Korab
“This is my classic image of the project that reveals the complexity of the Saarinen approach to a four-dimensional experience in this space.”
United States Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. St.Louis, Missouri Construction, Architect : Eero Saarinen. Photo by Bob Arteaga, 1965.
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