As many of you know I have had studios all over the city of Boston. This also means that I have moved around a lot over the course of my career here.
I had a studio I loved in Hyde Park for many years, a condo I bought into. The developer was, well let's just say he was motivated by something other than trying to create artist housing. People had varying or non-existent commitments to contemporary art practice, so there was no dialogue about art, a hallmark of a thriving artist community. The 10+ year lawsuit took its toll on friendships, my art work and my health and once I was able to get the building's roof fixed (it used to rain in my studio) I decided to sell the place and move.
I have a great realtor (thanks Larry) who was patient, smart, and knew what I needed was a place for a studio. He helpded me find a house in Dedham that belonged to a retired stonemason. It wasn't in the best shape (neither am I) but the structure was good and more importantly, it had an above grade basement with a carport that I could turn into a studio.
The goal here is to turn the existing basement and carport into a working artist's studio with appropriate lighting, access, storage, and ventillation. To do this:
Upgrade electrical system to code and replace electrical panel to allow for the use of a variety of power tools.
Remove and replace inefficient (and gigantic) oil-heat furnace and water heater with wall mounted gas models that with smaller footprints and better venting to increase working space.
Remove walls, reinforce joists, remove existing chimney, and regonfigure space to create work areas and storage.
Close off, insulate, and build out existing carport to increase working space.
The wonderful Patti Seitz of Seitz Architects has drawn up plans for how this could work. I'm deeply grateful to her for her excellent work and patience.
The orange outline is what I am currently using for my studio. The blue is the space that will be available after the project is complete.
I am funding this studio rebuild through my work. The current politcal and financial moments in this country make accessing credit markets and capital extremely difficult for artists-even those of us with tenured professorships. The lenders I have approached have advised that waiting for credit markets to relax may result in more favorable lending terms. Unfortunately, I need a place to work now.
There are 12 x 12 inch water colors that are available at the reduced price of $300 (regularly priced at $500). These can be viewed below and purchased here.
I created a new print project based on the image below. There are risographic prints, silkscreens, etchings and dye sublimation prints available. These can be viewed below and purchased here.
Two-color risographic print
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
80# white paper
Edition of 150, signed and numbered
$50. plus shipping
our-color risographic print
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 100, signed and numbered
$100. plus shipping
Two-color silk screen
Black and white ink on brown paper
18 x 24 inches
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
$250. plus shipping
Solar plate etching on Hahnemule Paper
Sheet size 13 x 14 inches
This was the original print that I made with Eun Lee at Savannah College of Art and Design when I was artist-in-residence back in 2008.
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
$500. plus shipping
Dye Sublimation print on aluminum
11 x 14 inches
Edition of 2, signed and numbered
$1,000. plus shipping
I am still working with Samsøñ. If you are interested in paintings or sculptures, you can connect with them here. They know that I am trying to build a studio and would love to work with you if you are interested in purchasing works.
Lastly, I know that my work is not everyone's cup of tea and I understand that. So if want to help me raise the funds for my studio and don't want any of my work, you can connect with me on Venmo and send funds directly.