Now, this might just be me, but I’ve always had a problem with the idea of creativity and art being confined to societal perceptions of what the ‘artist’ should be. Isn’t setting limitations around art inherently, well, uncreative? All is born out of creativity, from a math equation to the finesse of hotel housekeeping and even one of the most new-age creative forms, coding. To my understanding, to write code is to speak a new language. And I could try to bridge the gap for you, but who better to help us understand the inner workings of creating art from code than artxcode?
Founded by Sofia Garcia and Sebastian Sanchez, artxcode connects two worlds, and in turn, pushes the boundaries of what ‘contemporary art’ means. Sofia and Sebastian, experts in coding and art respectively, are infamous for their enviable artistic adventures around the globe, and of course, in the deepest corners the web. They can often be found at the latest art openings from New York to Shanghai, and have turned their love of art and coding into, well, very enviable code-derived aesthetics.
Lucky for you, we caught up with the dynamic New York City duo to get their coveted insight into New York City’s best (and of course, most Instagrammable) aesthetics. I could blab for a few more paragraphs about their impressive resumes and enthusiasm for art, but we know what you’re here for…
THE BEST DESIGN IN A HOTEL LOBBY?
PUBLIC Hotel, without a doubt.
THE MOST ARTFUL DISH IN THE CITY?
The Saganaki at Kiki’s is a work of art.
WHICH BAR HAS YOUR FAVORITE CURATION OF ART?
THE BEST-LOOKING BATHROOM IN THE CITY?
Hidden downstairs at R & Company in Tribeca, you’ll find two bathrooms with wallpaper designed by Katie Stout and Jeff Zimmerman.
YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST….
- ON THE WEB: Robbie Barrat aka @DrBeef_
- ON THE STREETS: Aryz
- ON GALLERY WALLS: [and our hearts] Chloe Wise
WHERE TO FIND COFFEE SO GOOD IT MAY AS WELL BE ART?
It’s hard not to be biased here, so we’re going to be—Sofia’s homemade Cuban coffee is a little slice of home whenever we need it.
LET’S LEAVE THE CITY. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE ART DESTINATIONS WITHIN A FEW HOURS?
- Jack Shainman’s The School in Kinderhook, NY —an extension of their Chelsea gallery set in a former Public School, they’ll have a Basquiat x Warhol show up until September.
- The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT— a perfect summer retreat to see an impressive survey on Urs Fischer, which is up until October.
- Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY for beautifully designed architecture and the finest selection of art from the Italian Arte Povera movement.
ARE THERE ANY HOTELS YOU FEEL ARE TUNED-IN WITH THE LOCAL ART SCENE?
We’re going to give snaps to The Hoxton, Williamsburg. They’ve done an incredible job with curating their local art selection.
THE MOST SERENE SLICE OF NATURE IN THE CITY?
WE’RE GOING SHOPPING, WHICH THREE PLACES ARE YOU TAKING US?
- Need a housewarming gift? We’re heading to Coming Soon in the Lower East Side.
- Feeling inspired? We’re walking straight into McNally Jackson in SoHo for the best selection of books and writing materials.
- Looking for retail therapy? Aime Leon Dore on Mulberry Street is not only aesthetic eye candy, but they also have a super chic cafe with outdoor seating.
IF YOU COULD ONLY GO TO ONE GALLERY/MUSEUM IN NYC FOR LIFE, WHICH WOULD IT BE?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The Impressionist room has all we’ll ever need, everything else is just an added bonus.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND THE BEST ART CROWD?
The newly opened Times Square EDITION—we promise it’s worth it.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND THE WORST ART CROWD?
THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU SEE ON A TYPICAL GALLERY NIGHT:
- The eclectic older woman with her power outfit on (our favorite).
- The Insta-famous influencer posing in front of a piece.
- The crypto collector trying to spend some Ethereum—all HODL and no spend makes Jack a dull boy amiriiiite?
WHAT DOES 3M ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Now that it’s summertime our windows are open, candles are lit, we’re scrolling through the #artxcode hashtag on Instagram, discovering new artists and planning our game plan for the week.