Take a First Look Inside the 2019
Kips Bay Decorator Show House
By Madeline Luckel
Architectural Digest May 2019
Jim Dove Design
“When the house was built, this was always a wet bar,” Dove explains of his assigned space, which he has transformed into a glamorous champagne bar. (Dove also adds, no doubt euphemistically, that when he first saw the closet-like area, it was “a much more rustic situation.”) But in creating this new design, Dove channeled the 1970s, and specifically the likes of Truman Capote and Lee Radziwill, whom he could easily imagine attending functions at this type of house. Capote and Radziwill are not dissimilar from the type of dinner party guests that Dove can imagine escaping mid-soiree to this “little getaway,” or jewel box, as he calls it. “I wanted to know what it would feel like to be inside a Fabergé egg,” he adds, citing the decadent objects as another source of inspiration, while acknowledging that “we all know the outsides are fabulous.”
As for the specific pieces included, Dove used a Kohler faucet and sink in amber—which he selected to align with his palette of blue and golds. The custom rug, which evokes the Manhattan skyline, was made by The Rug Company, while Schumacher was responsible for the mirrored and star-covered wallpaper that coats the ceiling, as well as for the space’s wall coverings. While Alan Strack’s glowing multi-media light box, which is comprised of film stills from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, may draw the most attention, the details go on. L’Objetobjects can be spotted, as can fixtures by Circa Lighting, and a chandelier by Aerin. The underlit countertop is by Cambria, while the ram's head cabinet pulls are by Nest Studio. Interestingly, these pieces were first glimpsed by Dove at a party hosted by Nest Studio founder Jessica Davis. At the time, Dove says he couldn’t imagine how one might incorporate them into a room. However, three years later—they fit in perfectly.
THE ART OF THE CINEPHILE
Rebecca M. Alvin
Provincetown Magazine June 12, 2019
It might be hard to imagine today, but for Alan Strack childhood meant watching a lot of movies in actual movie theaters…sometimes two or three movies a day even.
PICTURE PERFECT :
NY ARTIST MAKES MOVIE MAGIC
By Matthew Dougherty
Hospitality Design Magazine September 2019
Alan Strack’s family moved around a lot during his childhood, so he looked forward to spending his family vacations in upstate New York, where his grandparents owned a handful of movie theaters. It was there that he found a sense of home, sometimes going to the movies multiple times a day.
When his grandparents passed away shortly before he graduated college in 2000, he inherited their old film prints, more than 3,000 of them, in fact. Looking to combine his graphic design background with his love for movies, he started cra ing framed lightboxes with the edited lm reels from his collection as art pieces. “I always liked photography and was always a designer, so this was a good hybrid for me,” he says.
After 13 years as an art director for Nike, he left the company in 2017 to launch Light- Reel—a tribute to the movies that de ned his youth. Depicting edited versions of famous scenes from various lms, the pieces “try to keep everything in sequence” Strack says. “But it’s not like you’re watching it—it’s in order for the most part, but it’s more about how it looks when it’s laid out in the frame.”
Alongside upcoming director-speci c collections on Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick—he cites 2001: A Space Odyssey as his favorite lm—set for the fall, Strack has found a consistent gig out ing the new Nitehawk Prospect Park theater in Brooklyn with the old lms showing there. Meanwhile, lightboxes of classic lms set in New York, including Eyes Wide Shut, The French Connection, and a piece over the bar on Three Days of the Condor (which was filmed in the area) are found throughout.
This creative outlet is more than just a profession to him—he has a personal connection to each of his works. “I’m a nostalgic person, and because I moved around so much, these films are like little markers in my timeline,” he says. “I lean on those more than other people.”
ONEONTA THEATRE SCION USES ARCHIVE AS MUSE By Greg Klein
Oneonta Daily Star Jun 17, 2019
When artist Alan Strack would visit his grandparents in Oneonta in the summers and for holidays, he said he would sleep in an apartment above the Showcase Cinema on Elm Street and listen to the films….
Tour the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Galerie Magazine May 2019
Galerie spoke to many of the 23 designers, including Christopher Peacock, Jeff Lincoln, Paloma Contreras, and Vicente Wolf
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a multi-media lightbox by artist Alan Strack, accents a Champagne bar by Jim Dove Design. Photo: 2019 © Nickolas Sargent Photography
Jim Dove Design
To create a Champagne bar for fantasy clients Lee Radziwill and Truman Capote, the designer pictured the inside of a Fabergé egg and paired Miles Redd wallpaper with a curation of gleaming fixtures from Kohler. Pieces by Nest Studio, Schumacher, and Cambria mix with a Circa chandelier selected to give the impression of Champagne bubbles. The pièce de résistance? An illuminated collage made from original film strips by artist Alan Strack; seen here is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, of course.
FOR THE PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE 12 – 16, 2019
7 PROJECTS for THE PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Six artists have made projects that intersect with the Film Festival’s mission and programming. They are: Alan Strack/ Amy Arbus and Martha Posner/ Joel Janowitz/ Lauren Ewing/ Jefferson Hayman/ Faith Hubley/ and Kahn and Selesnick. The exhibition is on view from June 12 – 16, 2019.
LIGHTREEL, created by Brooklyn-based Artist + Designer, ALAN STRACK, is a collection of cinematic inspired artworks which feature original 16 & 35mm movie film that is backlit and showcased in handmade wooden light boxes. Each one of kind piece features a different film and is a unique expression of abstract light and color. The perfect addition to the modern film lovers’ collection or center piece for your entertainment room.
Alan Strack has deep roots in the world of cinema and his early love of movies is what inspired the creation of LIGHTREEL. His Grandfather, Harold DeGraw, better known as ONEONTA’S MOVIE MAN got his first job in a theatre in upstate NY when he was 13 and went on to open one of the first drive-in theaters in the United States in Cambridge, MD, 1952. In 1961 the Degraws returned to Oneonta NY and opened the Oneonta Theatre and Showcase Cinema. It was at these two theaters where Alan’s first memories and love for film were born. “I can remember playing with spools of film that my grandfather would give me in the projection booth. I was fascinated by them on many levels and still am.” When his grandparents’ theatres closed in 1999 Alan inherited an extensive catalog of movie trailers which was about to be thrown away. Many years, and layers of dust later, Alan conceived a concept of how a series of small images could combine into a larger abstract visual art piece. “I was inspired by the lightboxes I had seen outside of the theatres as a young boy. At the most basic level, my light boxes are an abstracted version of the original movie poster. All the elements from the film are there, only they are transformed into a overall grid pattern of light and color.”
After working at NIKE as an Art Director for 14 years, creating visuals for some of the world’s top athletes i.e. Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Russel Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, Alan decided to his return to his family roots in film and create LIGHTREEL in 2018.