Behind the Door


1. The Living Room | Christopher Shores, copy editor and artist, makes ‘Street Soaps’ in his living room. Christopher is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, and moved to New York City in 1992. In 2003 he started to create ‘Street Soaps’ enclosing street-found objects in glycerin.

2. Scott | Scott Andrew aka Miss Demeanor or Misty. Scott was an iconic drag queen in the 80s and 90s New York downtown scene as well as a make-up artist in the fashion industry. He died suddenly in 2014.

3. Street Soaps | A wooden frame containing a selection of ‘Street Soaps’ in Christopher Shores’ living room. The ‘Street Soaps’ are created by mixing street-found objects with glycerin.

4. Stars & Stripes | Andy and Duncan, two Americans, are flanked by Astrid and Alberto, two Europeans.

5. Blackboard | In 2000 Tara Sansone and Hil Sherman moved into the building as a young couple. The wall-size blackboard in the living room is used for drawing by their children Mela and Marcello, whom are also the keepers of an hermit crab in the display case.

6. Light Work | Liz Ainslie during Bushwick Open Studios, a three-day arts festival fostering a dialogue between local artists and residents. Liz, painter, writer and educator, exhibits her works alongside Desiree Leary who took the images on the jigsaw.

7. Anarchy Never Sleeps | Detail of Jamie Weiss and Irina Arellano-Weiss’ bedroom. Jamie, a Brooklyn native filmmaker, and Irina – a Mexican photographer, married in 2006 and have lived in the building since then.

8. A Family | Mela, 8 years old, is a multi-instrumentalist and along with flute she plays piano, trombone and percussion. Ellie, Mela’s friend, plays with Brown, the family dog, while Hil tends to a hermit crab and Tara relaxes on the couch.

9. The Hitching Post | An old rocking deer toy belonging to Mela, the eldest child of Tara Sansone and Hil Sherman.

10. A New York Minute | Jamie Weiss has lunch in his favourite part of the flat, the light-filled living room.

11. Untitled #2 | Katharina Woll is a Berlin-based German filmmaker. She moved to New York City to attend the Spring Term of the Tisch School of the Arts Film Program at the New York University. She shares the flat with John, an American architect.

12. Luke & Love | Luke Abby and Love Bailey asleep on the couch. Luke and Love met and became friends in 2011 while respectively working as a set designer and a stylist respectively for the Jed Root Agency.

13. The Kitchen | Christopher Shores’ kitchen, decorated with repurposed street-found objects.

14. Adam Wallace | Adam Erick Wallace, artist, by the kitchen counter during a dinner party.

15. Brown | A family dog in its living room.

16. Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken | Christopher Shores on his new couch found on Craigslist. Formerly a music writer, Christopher became a copy editor in 1997. He moved into the building in 2008 and has been decorating the apartment with second hand and street-found objects since then.

17. Masks | Close-up of Jamie Weiss and Irina Arellano-Weiss’ bedroom. Irina Arellano-Weiss is a Brooklyn-based Mexican photographer and the drawing is a gift from a Mexican illustrator friend of hers. On the left hand-side, typical Mexican masks are hung on the wall.