One of the reasons we are most excited about the new Blind Barber outpost in our downtown flagship is the camaraderie cultivated by barbershop culture. More than just expert cuts, shaves, and grooming products, Blind Barber puts an emphasis on a sense of community, where people can come together to socialize and exchange ideas. With that in mind, we’re kicking off our new series, A Quality Cut, which will feature intimate chats from the barber chair. First up: artist Hugo McCloud, who created a custom installation that hangs in the Blind Barber shop in the downtown flagship.
Hugo grew up in a highly creative home in Northern California and moved to New York six years ago eager to shift gears from his career in industrial design and segue into fine arts. Segue he did—his large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects have earned him a name in the art world, and he’s represented by the prestigious Sean Kelly gallery in Chelsea. Drawing on his industrial background, Hugo uses unconventional materials like tar, aluminum sheeting, and—in the case of his piece for Blind Barber—roofing material. He exmploys physically involved techniques like stamping, torching, and hammering to achieve pieces that push the boundaries of traditional art and beauty.
In A Quality Cut, Hugo talks candidly about the inspiration behind the piece for Blind Barber, and he invites us inside his Bushwick studio for a peek into his highly creative process.
To book an appointment with Blind Barber at our downtown flagship, call (646) 264.6409.