Inside Out: Jack's Really Small Home

Inside Out: Jack's Really Small Home

Jill Slater
Mar 5, 2007

Inside Out: A showcase for those who transform their residences into homes via innovative intervention

Name: Jack Location: Times Square Size: 160 sqft. rental Favorite Element: R2D2 jar Jack is an artist/musician who won the jackpot 5 years ago when he was called off the waitlist for the Times Square Hotel. It is an SRO (single-resident occupancy) run by a great non-profit housing developer called Common Ground. Common Ground took over this mid-town building to provide low cost housing in Manhattan for the formerly homeless, as well as low-income artists, actors, and dancers. The building has public amenities such as a piano, a dark-room and a huge roof deck, but Jack’s apartment is only 10’x16’! Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know! jill@apartmenttherapy.com When Jack first saw the space, he said “no way, it’s just too small. I can’t even get my bike in here.” Now, 5 years later, he has learned lessons of minimalism, organization, and priority. “I have enjoyed doing without so many of the things we all think we need. I think my apartment's content reflects that,” explains Jack. Jack acknowledges that to live in such a small space, it’s helpful to “find beauty in one particular thing”. If Jack buys a t-shirt, he has to weed out the old, unwanted ones before the new one will fit into his space. In the early 90’s, Jack partnered with another artist to form Pruitt-Early. After a number of successes, they had a show at Leo Castelli that failed due to a misunderstanding. “I dropped out of the art and world and joined a rock band. I lost every thing after that show but found I could live without all the clutter that life often brings, and that I could write music." This year, Jack has returned to the visual arts. He is going to use his shower as a studio in which to build paper mache sculptures. Years lived in: 5 Inspiration: treehouses and houseboats Favorite Room: there is only one room Most embarrassing: no bathroom door Proud DIY: built the shelves Found Treasure: found my bed on the street Had Forever: my guitar Most Talked About Element:that it has a feeling of openness Just Got: a filing cabinet Never Live Without: a coffee grinder I am the most comfortable in: the only room I change the sheets most frequently. Right now, I'd most like to update: my laptop My favorite piece of furniture: my Danish valet I am the most proud of: the shelves I built based on Donald Judd’s sculpture My favorite home resource is: LeCorbusier Best home-related advice I've ever gotten: Rome was not built in a day, better to do without than to store Best home-related advice I've ever given: less is more I most enjoy looking at other people's homes because: I like to see how they decorate Three words to describe my home: come on in To hear some of Jacks music written with kids in mind visit //www.myspace.com/walterjacksonearlyjr Jack Early is represented by E31 Gallery in Athens Greece. For information about his work contact e31art@otenet.gr
Originally Posted on July 26th, 2006
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