Residency at Pocket Utopia this week, Habitat for Artists goes indoors

I’ll be setting up shop at Pocket Utopia in Bushwick this week if anyone wants to stop by. Here are the topics I’d like to discuss: politics in art (health care? environment? race? Did you read The Atlantic this month?), building communities with Wikipedia (warning: this is my new obsession. Read the article on Wiki-government … read more… “Residency at Pocket Utopia this week, Habitat for Artists goes indoors”

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Studio Update: So long, little shack

When I recently vacated my summer studio shack at Habitat For Artists, Simon Draper, creator/curator of the unusual HFA residency project in Beacon, NY, asked me to write a brief essay on my experience. It’s longer than my usual posts, and some of it may sound familiar from earlier Studio Updates, but I thought readers … read more… “Studio Update: So long, little shack”


Studio Update: Summer progress

Summer is usually a productive season for those of us who teach, but inevitably some things remain unfinished because gauging the time needed to complete certain tasks, especially painting, is impossible. Nevertheless, I got a lot done. Painting:In Beacon, NY, I participated in Simon Draper’s Habitat for Artists shantytown residency project, spending most Mondays working … read more… “Studio Update: Summer progress”

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Studio update: Unplugged in Beacon

In the July/August issue of The Atlantic Nicholas Carr wonders how the Internet is affecting our brains. “What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away at my capacity for concentration and contemplation,” he writes. “My mind now expects to take information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of … read more… “Studio update: Unplugged in Beacon”

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The importance of resourcefulness

In the June issue of Chronogram Beth Wilson writes about the artists’ shantytown where I’ll be working this summer. “Down in Beacon, and running through the rest of the summer, master shed builder Simon Draper has come up with a brilliant extension of his ecologically-inspired ‘right-sizing’ aesthetic with ‘Habitat for Artists,’ taking place in the … read more… “The importance of resourcefulness”

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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 … read more… “Habitat for Artists: Studio shack update”

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Studio update: Itinerant painter

Every professor has a wildly optimistic, first-day-of-summer-vacation “List of Things To Do.” Here’s mine. The most significant decision has been to continue working out of my cramped room in the attic rather than rent a proper studio. In a larger space, I could work on more projects concurrently, but renting studio space can also feel … read more… “Studio update: Itinerant painter”