Exploring Eclectic Art Forms at Collective Hardware in New York City
On the outside just another gritty Lower East Side storefront with the metal garage door pulled shut. But on the inside, 169 Bowery, a.k.a. Collective Hardware, is creativity redefined into five floors of varying art forms (and varying degrees of completion). Start by looking the part with a chic chop at Peter Vancek’s 2nd floor hair studio. Not your grandmother’s hair salon. Next descend the stairs to the main floor exhibition space and experience the rotating kaleidoscope of art and media. Go deeper and rattle the handle of the creaky basement door, which is sometimes left unlocked. Behind it lies a prosthetics and mask studio straight out of the Lord of the Rings Collective Hardware’s top floors are dusty works in progress…soon to be state-of-the-art music studios.