Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
My name is Josh Hadar. I’m an artist and designer who specializes in metal sculpting, glass and photovoltaic science. My current focus is the fusion of art and technology. I create solar-powered objects and installations and am entirely self-taught in all aspects of my craft.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I currently have an exhibit taking place until May 27th at 285 Lafayette Street in Soho. It features NYC’s first entirely handmade, off-grid, solar-powered commuter vehicle as well as a solar tree installation that generates lighting via photovoltaic cells embedded in each hand-hammered steel leaf. The tree’s leaves generate electricity during daylight hours that is stored in a battery hidden in the tree’s trunk. When the sun goes down, a computer chip senses the decreased light levels and automatically illuminates twenty hand-blown glass fruits hanging from the branches via LEDs. It is design solution to the angular and archaic solar panel.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
My past work was considered more playful, handmade sculptural bicycles with gas-powered engines. Where I’m going is a much more eco-conscious route, developing alternative fuel powered vehicles and using alternative fuel sources for everyday electric applications. My previous works were more evolutionary as I was learning to master the medium. Now that I have some legitimate experience under my belt, I’m looking to move into more eco-conscious works with the goal of meshing solar technology and art, while creating off-grid, carbon-neutral, closed-loop systems.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I find that for the most part, the current state of eco-conscious design tends to be boring and stripped down of its vital elements, so I am drawn to individuals who go against that trend such as Elon Musk. Musk developed the Tesla, the first mass-produced high performance electric vehicle. From a design perspective, instead of making it look ordinary, like a Volkswagon, he made it look like a Lotus. Proving eco-consciousness can be sexy and decadent, instead of dull and neutered. Nobody ever crossed the street to look at a Prius.
From a more classical sense, I appreciate the art-deco period. These designers took a streamlined approach to their work, but it was bold, sexy and decadent. I’m a big fan of that movement and in particular the work of Raymond Loewy.
Most of my own work has woven organic elements into it, so from an architectural standpoint nobody can touch Antoni Gaudi.
5: What book is your bible?
There is no one book that guides my life, but I wouldn’t have been able to develop the skills I have without being a voracious reader of basic boring technical manuals. As far as traditional literature goes, I am a huge fan of classic American works by writers like Steinbeck, Salinger, and Mark Twain. On the more contemporary side, I always enjoy the sardonic musings of Irvine Welsh and Chuck Klosterman.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I would be nowhere without my wife Youn, my 18 month old twin boys boys, Izzy and Zeke, and a beautiful warm day. Another love is a shop full of scrap metal, a MIG welder, and an angle grinder coupled with a week’s worth of spare time.
I hate the word “no”. People who are consistently late, laziness and negativity in all of its forms. Rust can sometimes be a bit of a bitch as well.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I aim to use my creativity and my passion to create a cleaner and more sustainable planet and a better future for my children’s generation.
8: What is your favorite color?
I once walked out on a first date for asking me that question.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
The Silver Surfer. He’s the most tragically misunderstood of all the superheroes.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I’d say Jimmy’s at The James Hotel New York. Natalie, the Manager and Henri at the door are two of the most down to earth people I’ve met in the industry. Though, as the father of 18-month-old boys, when people ask me what my favorite nightclub is, I usually say I haven’t even seen night lately, let alone a nightclub. I am far from an expert these days.
11: What turns you on?
See question number six.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: If you could sum up your philosophy of life in a few words what would it be?
A: I believe that it is the innate responsibility of artists and designers to not only create beauty for the enjoyment of the community, but also to promote eco-consciousness and inspire change.
Josh Hadar is the founder and owner of Hadar Metal Design, an eco-conscious design group that creates one-of-a-kind custom bikes and environmental installations. He began Hadar Metal Designs after a career as a proprietor in the nightlife and theater worlds. Through ownership of those venues, Hadar’s love and appreciation for design grew to new heights and he began pursuing a passion for metal sculpture. He aims to create intelligent, visually stimulating, functioning works of art that will remain eco-conscious and culturally admired as he persists within the design industry.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Peter Reitzfeld / Courtesy of Josh Hadar
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Josh Hadar, NY, 2007, Photography by Peter Reitzfeld / Courtesy of Josh Hadar