17 Oct 2010

yes we're open!

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.

new building

new building

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!

Hill Street reflected in Bolande's "Plywood Curtains"

Hill Street reflected in Bolande's "Plywood Curtains"