Last month I moved out of the first and only “real” studio space I’ve ever had, a dark and grimy (but large and very cheap) workspace shared with several other artists in a nondescript building next to the Dan Ryan Expressway. It was a great art-making environment and I stayed for almost 15 years, but eventually changes (building management, my shifting from painting to photography) and conflicts with a revolving cast of studio-mates got to be too much, and moving out seemed like the least worst option. Before loading up the rental van, I went to the roof to photograph the view overlooking an area a friend described as “what will be left after the apocalypse.” Now much of my studio gear is packed into a 5′ x’ 5′ storage unit, and a too-small spare bedroom in my apartment has been cleared out for future mess-making projects.
Speaking of starting over: this (what you are reading) is my new place for posting updates, new work, old work, rough drafts, whatever. I’ve started and abandoned several blogs before this one, so no guarantees. Follow along via the rss feed, or twitter if you’re into that sort of thing. And if you know of any reasonably-priced studio spaces in Chicago, preferably in (or within cycling distance of) South Lawndale, let me know.