Habitat for Artists: Studio shack update

(Note: Look for my essay, “Lost in Space: Art Post-Studio,” which examines the evolving studio needs and expectations among contemporary artists, in the June issue of The Brooklyn Rail.)

Here are some pictures of the studio shack Simon Draper is building for me up at Spire Studios in Beacon, NY. Spire Studios are on the same road as Dia Beacon, but on the other side of the train station. The shack has a lovely veranda (construction in progress) on the front, which was helpful during the downpour on Thursday. The roof still needs shingling, so currently it’s covered with a big brown tarp. Inside there’s a built-in desk that’s ready to use right below the window. On the outside, instead of putting up wooden siding, I’m plastering the particleboard shell with posters from old projects, both text and image. At the opening reception yesterday, all the visitors who stopped by seemed think they’d like to have their own shack, too. The more extroverted, entrepreneurial artists were across town at Electric Windows.

Related posts:
Studio update: Itinerant painter (May 9, 2008)
Habitat for Artists: Studio shack update (May 18, 2008)
Studio update: Unplugged in Beacon (June 6, 2008)
Studio update: Studio visits, exhibitions, new work (July 12, 2008)

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