It’s the start of a new year and I am about to turn 41 on the same day as Obama’s inauguration. That’s a pretty good way to start the year (except it would be better if I were turning 38). I feel excited and lucky to be working with truly amazing clients. They are creative thinkers who make my job as an interior designer fun and fulfilling. I am working on a wonderful residential project in TriBeCa and my client has introduced me to the artist Mark Mulroney.
The opening reception of his current show, "Follow the Nosebleeds," is this Thursday at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York. My client set up a meeting with him a couple of months ago to discuss the murals he will be painting in a large bedroom to be shared by twin boys and their four-year-old older brother. It’s not as though there aren’t enough rooms in the house for each child but, my client decided that it would be fun for all of the boys to sleep in the same room. It is a bit like summer camp I suppose. There will even be some extra beds for sleepovers when cousins or friends want to "camp out" for the night. I am sort of imagining the room set up in the same way as old fashioned orphanages with white metal beds in rows.
So, Mark is going to be doing murals on the walls, and I have a feeling that it’s going to be fantastic! I have to admit that when I first saw Mark’s work a couple of years ago, I was somewhat unsure of what I thought. His work had me confused. The imagery, which at first seems utterly delightful, is sometimes a bit grotesque at closer inspection. The confusing part is that his style is very comic book like. I did, however, fall in love with his clouds, his use of color, and his sense of humor. I have since met him, as well as read his bio on Mixed Greens, and I have to say that I am sold. I think he is fascinating, totally funny, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with him on this room. He told me that as a kid he liked to build forts and treehouses. You can see some of these imaginary worlds in his work. While some of these "worlds" on canvas look like scary places, I know he is going to come up with something fun and adventurous. Read his bio–it’s so great!
All artwork by Mark Mulroney.