Meet fine artist, experience director, and makeshift member Fabian Tabibian! A true New Yorker, Fabian was born on 196th and Broadway, raised in Queens, schooled in the Bronx and the city, and lives in Brooklyn. Originally, Fabian was focused on a degree in Econ, but a minor in Studio Art took him on a detour from MBA applications to the MFA program at Hunter College. He’s been focusing oh his studio art practice ever since.
We caught up with Fabian to find out about his work, his fave neighborhood hangouts, and the unique way he memorized the boroughs as a child.
Walk us through a day in the life of Fabian.
I’m up around 6am and start on the things I want to get done for me by 9am: Stretch, meditate, give gratitude, write, read, make breakfast and lunch, and some kind of fitness activity. When I do this, I feel like the rest of the day is a bonus.
I work three-days a week for an amazing amazing digital education start-up (Zearn.org) as Experience Director. I’m usually focused on one main project for an extended period. The work is big thinking and sweating the details at the same time.
The other two days (and the weekend), I’m focused on my studio work. Since I work predominantly with digital media, I can work most any place — I make work on my laptop when desk bound, on an iPad when standing and walking around (usually at my studio in Greenpoint) or even on my iPhone when riding the subway. I try to steal extra time whenever and however I can to make new things. I use the studio space to print large works, look at works side-by-side, studio visits, and to crank music loudly.
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Current design work is top-secret at the moment. Current artworks are digital abstractions that connect with painting more than photography. The source or starting images for these works are found by hacking my computer and seeing what files the internet has left behind from a days worth of use (thank you, internet!)
What’s your favorite thing about working from Makeshift?
The vibe! It feels like working at an arts library — which is one of my favorite places to make work!
Where’s your favorite spot in the neighborhood to wind down after work?
The backyard at Spuyten Duyvil with a book in-hand, or Roebling Sporting Club if a good game is on.
Share a funny childhood memory with us.
I remember learning about all the neighborhoods in the Boroughs by the infamous murders that occurred at each locale — this is more funny weird than funny haha. It’s a much safer town now!
Do you have some life advice you’d you like to share?
I sometimes snip quotes, this was today’s find:
“…it is always better to do something one feels good about than something that may make us materially comfortable but emotionally miserable. Such decisions arenotoriously difficult and require great honesty with oneself.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Thanks Fabian! If you ever see him walking around Williamsburg, be sure to say hi and ask him for a good book recommendation.