Living in the OR
Those who have known me for a while may be aware that we recently sold our apartment on the Upper West Side and moved in to a rental in the garment district while we plan our next move. The sale was prompted by our desire for more space and while we only signed a one-year lease on this new apartment we had already agreed that even a temporary rental had to offer adequate space and larger rooms than our last apartment.
My wife found a beautiful, large, bright apartment with 11’ ceilings in a modern tower where everything seems to be white, stainless steel or blond wood. Our last place was a prewar, converted residential hotel with low ceilings, heavy plaster moldings on the walls and noisy plumbing (prewar charm doncha-know!). So what’s the problem? You may ask. Simply, none of our artwork or pictures is anywhere near the mammoth scale of the new place and since we’re probably only going to be here for a year it hardly seems worthwhile hunting, selecting, buying and hanging appropriate pieces.
I know I probably sound like some spoiled, chinless, pampered wanker while others in this neighborhood are fighting to put food on the table but the place looks like an OR and its so large, bright and blank you could be in the empty cargo hold of the Millennium Falcon. ‘She who knows all’ says we should paint it warmer colors, although there’s a clause in the lease stating it has to be returned to the same color when we leave – they even provide the Benjamin Moore sku code. Painting on this scale twice in a year? Sheeesh! Besides, I actually quite like the white – it’s the total lack of any significant, textural or colored distractions that I miss.
Maybe I’ll go through my catalogue to see if there’s anything that might be interesting if its printed 60” by 40”, although I can’t see ‘she who knows all’ putting up with a huge image of another woman for a whole year - no matter how beautiful, how deftly retouched or expertly printed it may be.
Oh well, it’s only for a year and I’m sure we’ll find something to hang on the wall in the meantime even if it's just old movie posters – whaddya think R2?
love it the size I mean. Im sure once youar settled in the walls wonts look quite so white! lol xoxo
I think you're hysterical!! I think there are places where you can rent art by the month. Suggest you find the site (sorry…can't help here) and look under " BIG ART" !!! HNY...
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