Around Town with Jill Platner

It’s certainly fun to know something about the artists around us in SoHo and the surrounding areas. And one such artist is Jill Platner. Her sculpture website has adorable pictures where she puts her own dog next to her sculptures to show their size and scope. Have a look and enjoy.  As she explains about her sculptures, “They all spin. When they are hung outside, they move with the wind. I am fascinated by movement, mechanics and the way things go together.”

In terms of her own living arrangements and study, Platner got very lucky. While a 21 year old student at the Parsons School of Design, she fell in love with a TriBeCa restaurateur and together they moved into a loftlike fourth-floor walk-up in NoHo. When they broke up, she got to keep the place and she has been there ever since.

She opened her Crosby Street jewelry store in 1998 and she makes most of her sculptures in the building next door to her in a three-level carriage house. She assembles most of her sculptures in her loft, however, since they are so large.

She is definitely one of the neighborhood artists worth checking out.