Art on Art Series: Roger Broome
Topic: Art on Art with Roger Broome
Time: Jun 4, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
David Driver will interview Architect Roger Broome.
I was born in 1967 in New York City. My interest in architecture has been continuous, uninterrupted and is the lens through which I perceive the world. Perhaps my earliest influence was Montessori school, which inspired a love of order and sensuous materials. My family moved to Boston in the early 1970s and, through the dramatic recent developments in that city, I was able to experience first-hand the way that modern architecture could transform a place.
I knew I wanted to be an architect. I was fortunate to be accepted at The Cooper Union in Manhattan, an all-scholarship program which had a revered and dynamic course of study.
I established my own practice in 2015 including residential, commercial and institutional projects. Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg use my services for all of their functions. In addition to my professional work, I curated the exhibition Nivola in New York : Figure in Field, that explored the work of Costantino Nivola, an artist who worked with many important architects, and authored a field guide to his public works in NYC.
I discovered ceramics in my late 20s and continue to work in clay. This craft has allowed me to explore a new type of architecture, one that is made of a single material and must conform to the strict limits of the medium.
In the year 2000, my partner and I acquired a farmstead in Bethel, NY, in the western Catskills. I have worked on it continuously ever since, slowly infusing the house with my own ideas, surrounding it with accessory structures and enhancing the landscape features to create a compound-like whole. It has allowed me to experiment with all kinds of solutions to building problems and the challenge of making a home.