Sunday, May 29, 2011
36 Chambers Studio: my new Toronto workspace
I thought I'd post some pictures of the art studio I'm working in.
There are at least 20 artists in here, maybe more. All the spaces upstairs in the main area are rented but there are more spaces being created downstairs.
My favorite things are the location: Queen St West, and the other artists that are working there, (though I have yet to meet them), and the access to the outdoors where I can work if I want to, plus all the events that Josh, the owner of the space and owner of Sleeping Giant Gallery, brings in to liven up the space. I am happy to be in an active artist space.
I found this studio space through the son of a friend and the friend of his friend.
It seemed meant to be. I wanted the space no matter what. I didn't even know where we would live for months, but I had my studio space. First things first.
So I've had the space since February but only actually got there to work on Wednesday.
I didn't even know how it would feel to be there.
After being away from painting for so long now--it's probably been a good 6 months since I did any real Art work--it's tough to get started. My creative mind beat a hasty retreat when faced with packing/sorting/tossing and now on the other end unpacking/sorting/placing. I was not built for all this Organizing with a capital O.
My studio space is 8x10 so I can't bring too many things there. My plan is to only have what I am actively working on. There will be some 2x4's up above my workspace so I can store some things. I need that. Last night some big canvases decided to fall on me in my sleep so I need to fix my storage situation. At least they are away from the bed. For now, they're in the kitchen.
But never mind that.
My studio is a bus ride, a subway ride, and a bus ride away from me. About 1.5hrs if I go from my house and a nifty hour if I go with my new sculpting friend Doris. She has a sculpting studio downtown and is thrilled to have a second passenger in her car so we can use the commuter lanes.