To call Chloe Wise an “art world darling” seems uniquely demeaning, though one might be quick to use it in reference to the young multidisciplinary artist. “Darling,” a kindly enough word, does not quite confer the heft and robustness of Wise’s many attributes. “Darling” seems incapable of encapsulating her intelligence, her humor, her ambitiousness. It doesn’t do service to her particular brand of thoughtful satire, her feminist commentary masked by culinary comedy. Call her an art world force, however, and we’ll all be on the same page.
This year marks SIXTY Hotels’ evolving relationship with the NYC-based star (if you didn’t catch her in recent pieces on Vogue and Elle, do have a look). Last year, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, hosted, in partnership with DEPART Foundation, a sugary sweet install of Wise’s confectionary treats. This year, Wise will be celebrating her 26th birthday at the hotel, in the midst of the flurry that is Miami Art Week. In the past 300-plus days, Wise has continued to expand on a dialogue she has been very vocal in, in subjects that touch on everything from sex to consumerism. She seems as important and necessary a voice as ever, given the current political climate.
At the heels of her recent Montreal opening Cats Not Fighting Is a Horrible Sound As Well, Wise took some time to answer a few questions, in the usual Interrogator form. Here, we talk cheesecake, UberCopter, and supporting her fellow female artists.
Place of residence:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Quote to live by:
“Life is rough but not rough enough.”
First job you ever had:
Calligrapher for diplomas.
Least favorite part of your day:
Windows down, the song you’re playing is:
“Rip it Up” by Orange Juice.
Three guilty pleasures:
Tanning. Cheesecake. Also cheesecake.
If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?
That sounds horrible–no.
You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…
Art by women.
Plane, train or automobile for a trip?
What IS your favorite trip?
Life’s a trip, bro.
Personal travel ethos:
Same as Nike.
Drink of choice:
All of them.
Beach house or tree house:
Tree house on beach. Beach house in tree.
Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?
Anything Adam Leonti has made for me at Brooklyn Bread Lab.
What is the best news you ever received?
Can’t remember–seems like all news has been horrifically bad since the election. Womp womp.
Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.
Yoga. It’s just boring.
Best concert you have ever gone to.
Tim and Eric live.
Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?