When Anh Vo stopped by, he thought he was going to visit an artists’ lofts in lower Manhattan. But when he walked into the door at Home Rule, a loft apartment in the East Village, he figured he might have spent a little too much time online researching his next move.
Home Rule, a flexible, commercial loft apartment owned by the firm Orco, is run by Terrence O’Sullivan, a former photographer who invented an additive process for prints that uses LED lights to create images on wax. It was a big hit at art fairs and galleries in Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. Mr. O’Sullivan went on to open a home studio in the East Village, and then a general store that sells products to people who love lighting and home decoration.
Now he has taken the loft space and turned it into the artist studio. “It’s so cool,” Mr. Vo said, after he opened his eyes to the vibrant art that was on display on the walls.
Home Rule has been going by many names since 2014, when the original studio was a café in the East Village. There is also the Electric Shop, a bar, and a second location — the art store Scent of Glass — in Brattleboro, Vt.
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The studio, on a small but cozy corner at the end of a long alley, was designed by Evan Weitzel and Susie Reza, the firm that did work for the city of New York, including work on the expansion of a Department of Environmental Protection building on 20th Street and Vesey Street, and a renovated World Trade Center Transportation Hub restaurant. The narrow room is furnished with exposed plumbing and stuff from Mr. O’Sullivan’s store.
It is packed to the rafters with frames, glass, paintings, prints, and lamps and sculptures, many created by Mr. O’Sullivan. It appears that he does not do the showings. The show began a few days ago, so there is very little by the exit.
The apartment has been the subject of fascination by the local press, and more recently another local shopkeeper bought it for a little over $1 million.
As for the next artist, the eponymous Home Rule, he is from Ireland, and he is working on an album to be called Charcoal.