jill, why do you build huts?

A support exhibition for Jill Sigman, a multi-disciplinary artist working in performance and installation,
in the context of Hut #7, the seventh in a two-year series of huts built from local trash, found and
re-purposed materials called The Hut Project. Each hut is at the same time a structure, a sculpture,
and an emergency preparedness kit in which themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, and apocalypse
intersect. Our exhibition gives context to the installation by exploring the previous six huts in The Hut Project
series. The concept of reuse is central to the design of the exhibit. Playing with the materials that have
been used in previous huts, the design forms a “skin” within the space, drawing the exhibit off the walls
and creating an environment that envelops visitors. The environment makes use of some of the materials
that formed previous huts or everyday materials, for example, highlights of ace bandages, caution tape,
or plant material to draw attention to information points within the exhibit.

For a talk between the exhibition team, the artist and research consultants, click here. 

Talking about more than a hut through the lens of art from BRUNO on Vimeo.




Williamsburg House
This client sought a warm and modern, yet industrial residence, prompted by the purchase of a former mechanic's garage. A constant concern was the new building's response to its own charming street surroundings and larger changing neighborhood of Williamsburg. The heart of the house is the courtyard, surrounded by glass lites on three sides. Two sides are completely operable allowing the entire space to be permeable from living room through the rear of the house. See profile of the owner and house in New York Magazine. Photos courtesy of MESH Architectures.

Freelance design work at Christie's, an art business and a fine arts
auction house located in Rockefeller Center. Included are the logo
for Forever Christie's brand in China, exhibition signage for various
exhibitions (including the collection of Robert Shapazian mentioned
in New York Times' Fall auction overview), and print work examples
from the International Highlights catalogue.

My 2¢

A street fair stand that reuses a shipping container to promote local business growth. For visitors to the market, my 2¢ / a professional advice space is the co-working platform that delivers accessibility, quality and connection by encouraging openness and communication in its business approach and built environment. For small business owners: No matter what your profession is, you are not busy 100 percent of the time. You can dedicate that time to helping the community by donating your professional services. At the same time you are building your client roster. Who better to sell yourself than you, directly to your community! It is also a way to get people in the community over the hurdle of trying a new service and in the process, supporting local business.

Call to Action!

This traveling exhibition–intended to travel before the 2010 Census–educates people
about the census and encourages participation and action in your local community.
The goals foster the ACLU’s mission for immigrant, voter and democratic rights.
Set up as a traveling exhibition in public spaces around the country, the target
audience is primarily Hispanic lower income residents and secondarily, gay married
couples, but all visitors are welcome. The demographic focus is determined
by previous under-counting in these target populations and their need for increased
representation. This exhibition engages people in communal and personal experiences
designed to entertain as well as to educate.

National Museum of the American Indian
A museum way-finding and signage design focused on distinguishing a historic landmark building–the U.S. Customs House in downtown Manhattan–with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s mission and identity. The distinct program of each institution is defined by identifying spatial perimeters with color. The design acknowledges the metaphorical contradiction of siting a museum within a space historically related to oppression by encouraging visitors to “talk back” to the museum by writing on the wall.
Tim Soter

Promo for photographer Tim Soter.


This might be better to present without words.