May 26, 2017

Art and the Aesthetics of Ecology in the Built Environment


Below is the abstract and full PDF document for my thesis written as part of my Master of Arts in Sustainable Interior Environments.


With building construction and operation accounting for such a significant percentage of material and energy consumption, green building design is essential to a sustainable future. Green building design strategies include ample daylighting, stormwater retention and reuse, natural ventilation, and the use of renewable energy sources. While these technological strategies are key to reducing our negative ecological impact, a sustainable future must also include a cultural component built around a deeper collective understanding of our relationship with the natural environment. In promoting this understanding, architects and designers can play an important role in the way they design the built environment, not just through technological strategies, but also through aesthetic ones.

Sunlight, water, and wind are all sources of renewable energy. In addition, these natural elements are taken into consideration in green building design through the evaluation of daylighting, water consumption and runoff, natural ventilation, and indoor air quality. In addressing the relationship between humans and the natural environment, these elements (sun, water, and air) not only apply to energy and environmental impact in building design, but are also natural resources that all living things depend on. I propose that through integrating ecological art features which somehow engage with these natural forces, architects and designers can enhance the experience of the built environment, to illustrate its interaction with the natural environment, and our relationship with other living things.

Full Document: SUN / WATER / WIND PDF

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Wide Open – BWAC

May 22, 2017

Blocks I-IV were selected for Wide Open at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC). The show is on view May 13 through June 18, 2017 at 481 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Blocks Installation Image

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Keyhole Columns

May 20, 2017

This public work consists of 16 vertical columns arranged in a 4 by 4 grid, with each column containing 18 openings. Viewers can walk between the columns observing the changes in light and shadow throughout the day and year. The columns are constructed from reclaimed railroad ties, and can be easily assembled, disassembled, and transported.


Keyhole Columns, 2017, Reclaimed railroad ties, 25 x 25 x 11 feet

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This public work consists of 3 foot by 3 foot stacks of reclaimed timber arranged in a step pyramid pattern modeled after a bismuth crystal. The piece is designed to be climbed on and is easily assembled, disassembled, and transported.

Castle Scale 517

Castle, 2017, Reclaimed timber, 39 x 36 x 18 feet

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A Dark Wood – Noyes Arts Garage

February 18, 2017


A Dark Wood, originally presented by Curious Matter and Art House Productions in Jersey City, is now on view at Stockton University‘s Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City. Black Lake was selected for this group exhibition organized around the theme of seeking guidance and direction in times of crisis.

On view January 13 through April 23, 2017 at 2200 Fairmount Ave in Atlantic City, NJ

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Trees of Life and Evil Eyes – Abrazo Interno Gallery

December 10, 2016


Eye (2014) was selected for Trees of Life and Evil Eyes, a contemporary take on superstition, symbols, and mysticism. The exhibition was organized by Yiddish New York, curated by Tine Kindermann and Deborah Ugoretz, and hosted by Abrazo Interno Gallery.

On view December 8 through 28, 2016 at 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side

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Interiors – Kenneth Noland

November 25, 2016

Kenneth Noland is a key figure in American abstract art, best known for his role in the Color Field painting movement of the 1940s and 50s. Using stripes, chevron patterns, and concentric circles, he explored the way adjacent colors interact with each other. Later in his career he began working with shaped canvases, creating dynamic, asymmetrical compositions. These three interiors are inspired by the clean, angular appearance of these works.


Ring (1977) by Kenneth Noland

Grasshopper Floor Lamp in Blue/Grey by Greta Grossman for Gubi, Bennington Pendant in White Oak by Hollis + Morris, Note Floor Lamp with Table in Light Grey by Blu Dot

Swept Sofa in Thurmond Light Grey by Blu Dot, 16″ Side Table in Satin Carrara Marble by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, Large Polygon Wire Table by Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller, Katrin Chair with Fur in White by Carlo Colombo for Arflex, Field Lounge Chair in Edwards Navy by Blu Dot

Cemento Oak Flooring by Listone Giordano, Lori Silk Rug in Banana Ink by Warp & Weft


Second (1979) by Kenneth Noland

Counterweight Pendant in Ash by Fort Standard for Roll & Hill, Polaris Tri Floor Lamps in Maple and Walnut by Bower

Pi Small Side Table in White Ash/White by Blu Dot, Dyngja 3-Seater Sofa by Erla Solveig Oskarsdottir for Getama, Tavolo 032 Table by DIMORESTUDIO, Toro Lounge Chair in Day by Blu Dot, Womb Chair and Ottoman in Sprout Melange by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, Mini O Table in Black Steel/Green Marble by OX Denmarq

Angora Shag Rug in Ivory by Warp & Weft, Cashmere Oak Flooring by Listone Giordano


Vault (1976) by Kenneth Noland

Counterweight Floor Lamp in Ash/Brass by Fort Standard for Roll & Hill, Float Chandelier by Bower, IC F1 Floor Lamp in Brass by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

Bonnie Leather Sofa in Ink by Blu Dot, Moire Side Tables by Bower, Tavolo 063 Table by DIMORESTUDIO, Plateau Side Table by Blu Dot, Havana Wing Chair by Busk + Hertzog for SOFTLINE, Poltroncina 072 Chair by DIMORESTUDIO

Testa Di Moro Oak Flooring by Listone Giordano, Linear Rug in Aloo Natural by Warp & Weft

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Interiors – Agnes Martin

October 15, 2016

Agnes Martin is being celebrated in a career retrospective show, organized by Tate Modern and LACMA, currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her restrained color palettes and motifs function as visual meditations, evoking a sense of peace. Martin’s work is tremendously influential to my own artistic practice and design sensibility. The following three interiors are inspired by her serene aesthetic.


Art by Agnes Martin: Homage to Life (2003); Untitled #1 (2003); Untitled #10 (1990)

Happy Together 10 Stack Pendant Rod in Black-patinated Brass by Michael Anastassiades; Kilo BL Floor Lamp by Kalmar Werkstätten from The Future Perfect

Landau Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric

Paulistano Armchair in Black by Paulo Mendes da Rocha; Adjustable Table E1027 in Black by Eileen Gray; Cage Teardrop Table in Black by Gordon Guillaumier; Noguchi Table in Black from DWR

Crosshatch Chair in Black/Walnut by Eoos for Geiger from Herman Miller

New Standard Leather Sofa in Toffee from Blu Dot

Mongolian Lamb Pillow in Pebble; Warmest Throw in Burgundy from West Elm

Paint: Navajo White by Benjamin Moore

Floor: Select Harvest Walnut with Clear Finish by The Hudson Company

Passo Rug in Light Grey/Black from Restoration Hardware


Art by Agnes Martin: I Love the Whole World (1999); Happy Holiday (1999)

Branching Bubbles 09.36 in Brushed Brass/White from Lindsey Adelman Studio

Demeter 01 Table Lamp by Karl Zahn for Roll & Hill

Pumpkin Table in Gold Plated Steel/White by Autoban; Capo Lounge Armchair in Danish Oiled Walnut/Sunniva by Neri & Hufor; Solo Lounge Chair in Brown Stained Ash/Linen by Neri & Hufor for De La Espada

Anamorphic Console by Asher Asraelow; Vintage French Mid Century Floor Lamp; Noma Sofa in Draper Grey from Dmitriy & Co.

Cozy Texture Throw in Rosette; Mixed Beaded Pillow in Blush; Beaded Diamond Pillow in Taupe from West Elm

Flash Square Coffee Table by Tom Dixon from DWR

Drum Side Table by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin

Paint: Opal by Benjamin Moore

Floor: Select Harvest Ash with Neva Finish by The Hudson Company

South American Cowhide Tile Rug in Ivory from Restoration Hardware


Art by Agnes Martin: Friendship (1963); Untitled (1959), Untitled #4 (1989)

Tube Wall Light in Black-patinated Brass by Michael Anastassiades for The Future Perfect

Crane Floor Lamp from CB2

Demeter 03 Table Lamp by Karl Zahn for Roll & Hill

Stanley Armchair in Danish Oiled Walnut/Sunniva by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

Ring Chair in Meadow by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel for Getama

Cloud Three Seat Sofa in Desert Stone by Luca Nichetto for &tradition

Sari Silk Pillow in Platinum; Felt Colorblock Pillow in Nightshade; Belgian Flax Linen Twill Throw in Platinum from West Elm

Unison Coffee Table Rectangle by Terence Woodgate; Helix Side Table by Chris Hardy from DWR

Stoolen End Table in Black Walnut by Uhuru

Paint: Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore

Floor: Select Harvest White Oak with Cascade Finish by The Hudson Company

Textured Cord Rug in Aubergine from Restoration Hardware

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A Dark Wood – Curious Matter

October 11, 2016


Black Lake was selected for A Dark Wood, a group exhibition organized by Curious Matter and Art House Productions. Inspired by the opening scene from Dante’s Inferno, the works in this show explore the theme of seeking guidance and direction in times of crisis.

On view October 8 through December 9, 2016 at 272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, NJ


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Creative Climate Awards – Human Impacts Institute

September 28, 2016


Meltwater is featured in the Creative Climate Awards, an exhibition addressing climate change through visual and performing arts, organized by the Human Impacts Institute, and hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

On view September 27 through October 27, 2016, at 1 East 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan

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