In this ‘studio visit’ we get a look into Daniel Patrick Helmstettr’s work space.
Daniel Patrick Helmstetter is an artist who works with words. For the sake of easy definition, he is a poet with a paintbrush. He has published, performed, exhibited, and installed his words throughout the United States and Mexico.
In the spirit of adventure and deep love for travel, much of Daniel’s work is made on the move. Over the past 3 years, he has created works at The Blue Zen Project in Portland, OR, The Mexican Club of Art in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, and most recently at Solo(s) Project House in Newark, NJ. He’s also set up countless temporary studios in a variety of rented rooms along the way, each one offering inspiration all its own.
“Maybe it’s cliché, but there is a lineage and a history of poetry being found on the road. It’s where I’ve found a lot of mine”, says Daniel. “I’ve crossed America by train and car and Greyhound, and racked up my share of airline miles too. There’s something about the movement, the motion, the lives intersecting. Fuck, I don’t know what it is. Who cares? It works.”
Though Daniel is thankful for all of the spaces he has had the opportunity to work in, he holds most dearly The Mexican Club of Art in San Miguel, and the Solo(s) Project House in Newark.
“The Mexican Club of Art” is a home for me. I go there, I rent a room for dirt cheap and meet the most interesting and inspiring people, every single time. At any given moment, there are 6 or 8 people there from anywhere in the world. We just put out elbows on the bar and have the best conversations and the most fun. There’s no organization to it. It’s pure art, run by a brilliant painter named Sam. I love him. It’s one of my homes.”
The most recent place Daniel held his studio was a newly established studio and gallery in Newark, NJ called Solo(s) Project House. Run by Rebecca Jampol, Solo(s) is home to 14 studios and a gallery, housing some of the hungriest up and coming artists in the NY/NJ area. This is where Daniel did his gigantic poetic installation entitled ‘Danny’s Continental Cocktail Lounge’, which was a ceiling-to-floor literary explosion inside the lobby of the building.
“Solo(s) is an incredible place, a great resource for the art scene in Newark. Rebecca has provided a space that’s hospitable and affordable to artists of all mediums, and given creative people an opportunity to interact with each other in a way that leads to more opportunities and more inspiration. The shows in the gallery have been super cool, as well.”
Daniel plans to continue writing, painting, and doing installations of his words. His next big installation will be at The Governor’s Ball, a dance music festival on Governor’s Island, off of Manhattan, in June. In addition to his paintings and installations, Daniel hopes 2011 will see the release of 3 books he has been working on for the last 4 years, starting with a children’s book called ‘Bodies of Water”. His work and updates about installations, exhibitions, and publications can be found at www.danielpatrick.org.