In town to stage a live art show for SURRENDER's new Orchard Road store due to open later this year, artist and designer Harif Guzman of street-wear label Haculla shares the best of New York and the contemporary art scene
Best-kept secret of New York: "Elizabeth Street Garden on Elizabeth Street between Prince Street and Spring Street. As you walk through the city you find yourself in this lush, green space and find yourself almost transported into a Roman or European backyard. It has that special way of separating me from what is outside those gates."
Current music obsession: "I came across a compilation of 3 Gymnopedies and 6 Gnossiennes by Erik Satie. Classical music has always been a staple for me. I look to Satie's classical works for reflection when it comes to making decisions and easing the stresses of daily life."
Favourite works from Stanley Kubrick: "The first Stanley Kubrick film I encountered was The Shining. That had to be in the '80s at my step-Dominican families house on HBO. From the first scene, I was captivated but terrified. I was a child so I really just soaked up all those influences. Thinking of other Kubrick films, 2001: A Space Odyssey definitely comes to mind. At that point in time, it was a very novel concept to show moviegoers a view of Earth from outside of Earth. Also, Kubrick really made classical music a strong presence throughout the film and demonstrated how effectively it could carry the audience."
An up and coming artist the world should be paying attention to: "Danny Fox from London, whom I met about six years ago in East London. I draw inspiration from both his artistic practice and his art itself. His discipline and dedication to his art gives me something to aspire to in terms of avoiding distractions and those fun things that take attention away from making more art."
Favourite fashion item: "Probably one of my Chanel scarves. It serves so many functions, like a belt or a headband, a blanket or a surface to sleep on."
Check out Harif Guzman's work in Singapore at SURRENDER's new story at 268 Orchard Road when it opens on the fourth quarter of 2016.