Visual Artist Stef Halmos’ Insider Guide To NYC’s Chinatown

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Stef Halmos is on the rise in New York’s visual art scene. Her signature plaster series “The Squishes” have been posting up like wild fire across social media and are being heavily collected by fashion darlings like Lisa Mayock of Monogram and Mckenzie Raley of Land of Women.

After attending art school in San Francisco, Halmos set up her studio in New York City where she continued her studies and since explored the process of molding winterstone with fibrous materials. With her newest show now up at Canal Street Market, Stef shares her insider tips on Chinatown’s classic gems.

T&T Plasticland is among my favorite stores in all of New York. Everything they sell is made of plastic, from gorgeous 6″ thick sheets to strange little bits and pieces. They also do fabrication work, and some of their sample projects are strewn about with no particular order. It’s oddly simple and comforting.
The fruit market at the corner of Mulberry & Canal is a magical, psychotic little place comprised of about 12 vendors…all with multicolor beach umbrella stands. Here you can be sure to find an assortment of magnificent fruit, all year round. The vendors and signs are all in Chinese. Sometimes I go and just take a wild stab at trying something strange I’ve never seen before.
Nam Wah Tea Parlor is the classic Chinatown spot for dim sum and overall wonderful food. It feels like an antique Chinese diner inside and the service is so fast it’ll make your head spin.
Mmuseumm is a tiny little hole in the wall museum that exhibits the “overlooked, dismissed, or ignored”. I think it is inside an old elevator shaft or something thereof. It only fits three people at a time and keeps strange hours. If you can catch it when it’s open, it is well worth a visit.
Canal Lighting & Parts has every kind of light bulb you can ever imagine. They’re all blended alongside kooky fixtures and bright neon tubes. It’s the filament equivalent of T&T Plasticland! I’m desperate to buy a ton of giant bulbs (some are up to 3 feet long) and create new work with them.
Stef Halmos displays her newest work beginning this Thursday, December 1st, through December 10th at The Canal Street Market, located at 265 Canal Street between Broadway and Lafayette, Open 11AM-8PM, 7 Days a week.

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