Artist Jay Shinn and Tim Hurst High Up at One Arts Plaza

The View from the Upper Floor

Catherine D. Anspon. Photography Ann Stratton. Studio portrait James Bland. Interior design Rodney Woods.  |  Photos by In the master bath, from left: Grace Knowlton’s "Untitled," 2000, and Shinn’s own "3/X," 2005, underscore the serene minimalism of the owners’ aesthetic., Emitting a bold but nuanced statement in the master bedroom is Irene Roderick’s "The Good Tank," 2003, from Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas. The work contrasts militaristic subject matter with a beguiling medium: the Austin artist’s beautiful hand-cut lacy wall hanging., In the master bedroom’s sitting area, Donald Sultan’s Blue Dot, 1999, was the first piece of art they purchased together, at TWO X TWO the same year the work was created. Vintage 1950s-era sectional was bought by Hurst’s parents when he was born; it’s now re-covered in Barbara Barry Couture fabric. A Mies van der Rohe Barcelona coffee table from Knoll is stacked with well-edited art volumes. Sally Sirkin Lewis’ silver-leaf Louis XV-styled chair., In the master bedroom, custom-designed bedside tables are paired with a Knoll 1950s-era lamp. Silvery fabric covering from Barbara Barry Couture tops the custom bed., The ample entranceway as gallery was the catalyst for Shinn and Hurst to snap up this upper-floor unit at One Arts Plaza. A muted palette with works by Gordon Moore, Rupert Deese, Roxy Paine, Francois Morellet and Brice Marden is punctuated by the late Stephen Mueller’s colorfield-inspired "The Pass," 2009, from Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, which reigns at the end of the hallway. The custom wool-and-silk rug by Interior Resources was designed by Shinn, based on his earlier veneer-and-correction-fluid drawings., In the living room, painted installation by Mary Temple, "Central Park in Two Parts," 2011, from Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC. Impastoed still life by Allison Schulnik, from Mike Weiss Gallery, NYC. Shinn’s Column 3, 1982. Classic Koons Puppy vase. Custom sofas by Woods, in fabric by Galbraith & Paul for David Sutherland. Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner, circa 1950, from Collage Classics, Dallas. Vintage David Weeks tripod floor lamp by J. Batchelor. Donghia Calypso chair. Paul T. Frankl coffee table, circa 1951, from Johnson Furniture Co. Custom rug by Interior Resources, taken from Shinn’s drawings., In the study, Shinn’s Vermont Column, 2006, from his pre-light period. White-lacquered B&B Italia wall cabinet holds works by Pard Morrison, Philippe Richard, Jens Hanke, and Dallas-based Bret Slater and Douglas Cartmel. Spring office chairs by Giorgetti., A witty little treasure in the dining room is Joe Davidson’s "Wine Bottle," 2011, a find from Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston. Text works (from top): Bale Creek Allen’s "Beauty," 2012, Heritage Auctions, Dallas; Archie Scott Gobber’s "Tired," 2009, Marty Walker, Dallas; and Alexandra Grant’s "Love," 2009, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Credenza designed by Rodney Woods., Designer Rodney Woods devised the architectural construct that adds a copper metallic element as an open-ended room divider separating the entrance atrium from the kitchen. The columns make a dramatic frame for canvases by Texas masters Mark Flood (left, glimpsed through) and Joe Mancuso (right), as well as an enigmatic sculpture at the end of the hall, Julie Schenkelberg’s "Shroud," 2012, from Asya Geisberg Gallery, NYC., The star of the dining room is Ulrike Dornis’ Arabeske, 2011, a canvas by the couple’s close friend who is a notable artist working in Berlin. Custom credenza designed by Rodney Woods. Suite of 1940s Swedish chairs from Collage Classics, covered in fabric by Galbraith & Paul for David Sutherland., Tim Hurst surveys the Arts District skyline. James Surls’ "Stairway to Heaven," 2011, rests on a vintage Saarinen table by Knoll, circa 1950, surrounded by Mies van der Rohe Brno chairs with Galbraith & Paul fabric from David Sutherland.
December 02, 2013

Dallas Arts District’s punctuation mark, the One Arts Plaza sky-rise, is the light- and art-filled edifice that Jay Shinn and Tim Hurst have called home for three years. The former is an internationally exhibited creative whose main media is light; recent commissions include installations for the new Tom Ford flagship along Chicago’s Gold Coast and a suite of storefront windows for a powerful dealer in Chelsea. The latter is an ace at advertising and real estate and former home-design store proprietor. Besides One Arts Plaza’s inspired views of a parade of buildings by Pritzker Prize winners, Shinn and Hurst were also drawn by the long, long entrance gallery — hospitable to a formidable and nuanced collection acquired in Texas, Manhattan and Berlin, where this peripatetic couple also have residences. The duo’s aesthetic — understated, sleek without being chilly and well-edited — has yielded a selection of important art and design that is underlain by a whisper of mid-century modernism. Touches such as a room-sized vaporous shadow painting by NYC-based talent Mary Temple or the lacy silhouetted painting of an army tank crafted by Austin artist Irene Roderick can only be described as sublime with a conceptual underpinning.

Shinn and Hurst dish art and design.

Career trajectory.

JS: BFA in painting, Kansas City Art Institute, followed by a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Now with an intensive studio practice in NYC and Dallas. I exhibit internationally and am represented locally by Marty Walker, Dallas, and Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston.

TH: My degree is in journalism with a concentration in advertising and public relations. My first job was with the Dallas Times Herald. Then ad director for various publications and online offerings. Always interested in art and design, which segued into my own home design store in Snider Plaza called Angelica Luna.

Agnes Martin as cupid.

JS/TH: We were introduced by a mutual friend over dinner. Later that night at Starbucks, we discovered the interest we both had for the artist Agnes Martin. A week later, we flew to Santa Fe to see an exhibition of Agnes Martin with Richard Tuttle at Site Santa Fe. Still blown away by her simple graphs and use of line and light.

On love at first sight.

JS/TH: We were the second residents to move into One Arts Plaza. We were not really looking to move from our current building, but, as Tim was working and investing in real estate, we looked at OAP and fell overboard for this one floor plan with a long entry gallery — perfect for art. We went on contract the next day. Rodney Woods was great to work with on the interior design and really helped meld what we had with a mid-century modern influence.

Three blogs you trawl.

JS: AccessibleArtNY, ArtSlant and NYTimes.

Films you’ll see this fall.

JS/TH: The Fifth Estate, Salinger and whatever is showing at the Lincoln Center Fall Film Series.

Block shows on your itinerary.

JS/TH: Nasher XChange exhibition in Dallas; painting show with Martin Eder and Anselm Reyle at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin; and Jim Hodges’ “Give More Than You Take,” DMA.

On residing in three cities. Your go-to spots. First, Dallas.

JS/TH: Restaurant: R + D Kitchen at Preston Center. Francis Luttmer, the GM, is super and always finds us a table. On the menu: Newport salad. • Museum: Nasher. • Green space: Katy Trail with a stop at the Ice House. • Out-of-the-way spot: all the restaurants in Bishop Arts. • Retail discovery: new stores on McKinney Avenue. • Design source: our friend Matt Wilkerson at Timothy Oulton really turned us on to great design.

New York.

JS/TH: Restaurant: Empanada Mama on 9th just around the corner from us. • Museum: MoMA. • Green space: Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. • Out-of-the-way spot: DUMBO. • Retail discovery: Gift shop at the Museum of Arts & Design at Columbus Circle and 192 Books on 10th Avenue. • Design source: ABC Carpet & Home.


JS/TH: Restaurant: Clarchen’s Ballhaus/Gypsy Restaurant and Dancehall on Augustrasse during gallery weekends. They have swing, waltz, ballroom, tango nights. We love to watch. • Museum: Hamburger Bahnhofand the Boros Bunker. • Out-of-the-way spot: Bike riding at the old Tempelhof Airport. This is the airport that Hitler built and now is used as a park. We ride bikes all over the tarmacs while people fly kites and picnic. If some place stays unused for anytime at all, the Berliners turn it into a park. • Retail discovery: KaDeWe Department Store at Wittenbergplatz.

Signature cocktail.

JS/TH: Whatever mixes with Dr Pepper.

On the menu.

JS/TH: New York City, Dallas or Berlin, it’s King Ranch chicken.

Three contemporary artists you are tracking.

JS/TH: Peter Soriano, Melissa Meyer, Jens Hanke.

On your light-bright future: What’s upcoming.

JS: Neonish 24/7, a neon project at the Leila Heller Gallery, NYC, through December 2013. • A two-person exhibition with the Colorado artist Pard Morrison at Galerie Knoerle & Baettig in Zurich this spring. • A solo at Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, in April. • And a commission at 2100 Ross in Dallas.

Next travel jaunt.

JS/TH: After a quick trip to Marfa with friends for Tim’s birthday, back to NYC before we head to Amsterdam for a few days, then on to Berlin for most of November. Back to Dallas for the holidays. We’ll see lots of artist friends and galleries, museums and sites in Amsterdam, then meetings with the developer regarding our place in Mitte area of Berlin.

Ideal entertaining formula.

JS/TH: Simple dinners with great friends. We like to keep it small. Around four guests plus ourselves. Late brunch if lots of people are in town who don’t know each other well. After Art Basel Miami Beach, we are in Dallas for the holidays this year and thinking about a larger group of Dallas friends for New Year’s Eve. Our balcony is great for this, especially with the fireplace and view downtown and the midnight fireworks from the Trinity River.

Signature apparel item.

TH: Reading glasses.

JH: Good shoes.

Personal talisman.

TH: My dad’s worry stone.

JS: Sketchbook.

You never miss.

JS/TH: Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze NYC.