Craig Maldonado

NEW JERSEY STUDIO


Originally commissioned as a sculpture studio on Schooleys Mountain in rural New Jersey, and filed officially as a “shed,” this project has since taken on a life of its own. The studio, which digs into the hillside, is made of concrete block; oak trees, harvested from the site; and rough-sawn wood planks, originally purposed as formwork for highway roadwork, function as joists. The building process is a highly sculptural one of mock-ups, additions, subtractions (physical as well as contemplative), and criticism—a rare opportunity in the field of design and construction, and a great benefit to the end result. Craig did the majority of the construction himself, assisted by Brian Purdy (masonry, framing); Kate McEldowney; and metal work by Hard Decor of Brooklyn, New York.