JHouse gets artsy with new project

The JHouse became one-of-a-kind on Nov. 18 with the launch of the tri-state area’s first “art hotel” concept and its opening exhibit, Per(pro)spective, featuring selected works by three emerging Brooklyn painters —  Noah Landfield, Brian Meola and Karen Seapker.

Committed to showcasing rising contemporary artists for the viewing pleasure of hotel guests, restaurant patrons and the public alike, The JHouse’s Art-otel Project of revolving shows will be curated by Douglas Lederman, the principal of Schermerhorn 9 Art Advisory.

Each show will run for six to eight weeks and utilize the newly dedicated ART Salon on the hotel’s mezzanine level, as well as other spaces throughout the property.

The exhibited works will be available for sale with all proceeds going directly to the artists, providing much-needed practical support for their ongoing endeavors. In contrast to the practice at galleries, no commission will be collected from the artists by The JHouse or by Schermerhorn 9 Art Advisory.

With a provocative mix of abstract and representational elements and references ranging from Impressionism and Expressionism to Surrealism, Cubism, Color Field and Pop Art, the artists’ selected works are all rooted in art history, yet vibrantly connected to the moment.

In fact, the title of the show, Per(pro)spective, is derived from two of the central qualities of successful works of contemporary art — having an individual point of view (perspective) and being forward looking (prospective).

“The days when a hotel is merely a place to sleep and eat have long passed,” said The JHouse General Manager Jonathan Wise. “Today’s hotels can and should serve their communities in greater, more meaningful ways. Our owners have gone to great lengths to develop not only a fantastic haven for travelers, but also a truly unique space which lends itself to being a showplace for contemporary art, music and cuisine.”

Per(pro)spective will have a six-week run through the end of the year at the hotel. Visitors will be directed to the hotel’s new ART Salon and other exhibition areas by the front desk, which will also provide the curator’s statement and purchase information.

For more information visit Thejhousegreenwich and Schermerhorn9.com.

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