I've been hard at work behind the scenes on the website redesign, migrating old blog entries over to this URL, writing texts for the about section, and trying to figure out how I will document all the studio work. Here is the method and location I have finally landed upon, the stucco exterior wall of the studio. There is great morning light on this side of the building and I love the stucco color and texture. The trouble is I have to shoot fast before the shadows really start to take over. And I am happy to be over the fretting about documenation methodology portion of the website redesign. This means I can focus on the finish, the redesign will be up soon.
Looks can be deceiving. Things have been a little quiet around the studio, with the start of the school year and recent relocation up the street to the new digs on N. Hill Street.
And now with the installation of "Plywood Curtains" by Jennifer Bolande, I think it may look like things have taken a turn for the worse. But, the faux bois curtains are an exciting addition to the studio space, hopefully lending an air of mystery to the contents of the building.
Are we open? Are we closed (or "shut" as they would say in the upper midwest)? Are we a giant shipping container housing the contents of some import/export conglomerate?
Boarded up windows have long been read as a sign a shop or storefront has fallen on hard times. Bolande's work seems to raise the same feeling, but also challenges my eye to see softness in hardness—the curtains are a wood grain pattern printed on soft, pliable fabric. How hopeful I feel each morning, when I sweep this symbol of failure and resignation aside and let the sunlight—along with the sights and sounds of Chinatown—pour into the studio!