The Artist: Nick Poe
Equal parts reticent and humorous, artist Nick Poe is official creative crack for a legion of downtown girls (and gays) — not only does he have the disheveled hair/hat/flannel thing going on, his works — image-less and stark — lend an alluring mystery to his smokeshow status. Poe first came to our attention with PegLeg NYC, bright, color-blocked street wear that was a hit with the Charlotte Ronson gang (and us). He held it with his startlingly calm pieces, a definite departure from the in-your-face tees of PegLeg. His latest show, at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, featured photo-sculptural compositions that didn't adhere to one category — neither paintings nor photography or sculpture, the exhibit took up the better part of our afternoon. His advice for other would-be artists: "Work hard, daily. Eat right, drink plenty of fluids, and call your sister. Know your muse, credit should go to her. Know when to stop." And his current inspiration? "Things private and perennial. One color in particular. The romantic gesture." Sounds promising.
Hair by Sera Sloane Bishop, makeup by Erin Green and Tiffany Patton.