Thank you, David Stark for a great tour of your studio and workshop in Brooklyn and for a fascinating presentation of your dazzling work. I call him a wizard, because David can create the most spectacular, breathtaking, imaginative spaces out of nothing. Well, not exactly nothing, but he utilizes things and materials that many of us tend to overlook and disregard, when designing events for some of the world’s most powerful cultural institutions, non-for-profit organizations, and prestigious brands. When the world was captured by the power of exotic, expensive flowers to transform events, David understood that it was time to devise a new language of event design for the twenty-first century. After 9/11, he began creating stunning events with the most humble materials, where the design comes to tell a story, to evoke a message. His had transforming from a decorative approach into the conceptual, gradually emerging into one of the world’s most celebrated event designers. His innovative mind has recently created a surreal space at the Brooklyn Museum, made exclusively of paper towels in the manner of Brancusi’s towers (above and below); for the Jewish Museum’s famed Purim Ball, he used paper plates; for the American Patrons of the Tate Museum colored pencils as the focal point. Thank you, David for opening your studio to my students and for your generous sharing of your secrets.
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