Studio Shot: February 15, 2017

Visiting The Mentor’s Studio

For the first time in our relationship with our Mentor, we were able to visit his studio.

Binder: A Project Organized by a Classmate
Binder: A Project Organized by a Classmate

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I was very curious about where his studio is located and what it looked like — like everyone else in our group, of course. This morning, I received an email inviting us to the location, which is in Midtown. We were lifted to the fifth floor of one of the many nondescript office buildings in Midtown — much like the New Art Center gallery was upstairs in a building on 38th Street and  8th Avenue. In fact, this place wasn’t very far from that locale.

Binder: A Project Organized by a Classmate
Binder: A Project Organized by a Classmate

The studio was a nice size, consisting of two large rooms with high ceilings. One room was more “office”-like, with a long desk and shelves that ran the length of it. There were also two desks and other mundane office equipment. The other room featured a tall, broad window to the street and two lengths of walls, over which our Mentor had fashioned blue tape to test out sizing for his new projects.

Preparing for First Year Show
Preparing for First Year Show

I was excited to see a work that the man had done, which points me to the direction in which I hope to go. I could tell from its edges that it was a digitally printed work on canvas, but that the artist had also painted on top of the canvas. I was thrilled to see this, as it seemed to give me permission to make paintings in a similar way. I tried to get information from him about the picture, but he was a bit cagey about it. It turns out that he wasn’t pleased with the painting, so far. I really didn’t care about that, but I wanted to find out exactly how he did it. Unfortunately, his dissatisfaction with the picture seemed to dampen his enthusiasm for talking about it. I tried to get as much as possible, and it was almost enough, although I could copy exactly what he did if he had told me.

After the studio visit, we walked to a number of public “lobby” art installations. We saw works by artists such as Mark Bradford. It was interesting enough, although I was more interested in talking to him about his thoughts around the “legitimacy” of painting over inkjet on canvas pieces.

For lunch, we went to a burger joint hidden like a speakeasy in a hotel. I’ll have to be sure to figure out, again, where this burger joint is. I actually think that “Burger Joint” is the name of the restaurant — one that looks like a dive bar while being in the center of an upscale hotel.

After lunch, I felt deeply compelled to leave and return to school. I shook my Mentor’s hand and told him I had to go back to school, early. On my mind was my installation for the first year show. I want to make sure that the three channel video installation looks as striking and provocative (and evocative of the feel of the videos) as possible. This means that I had to dismantle my current display set up and think about how I’m going to present the work, in the gallery at the school. Before that, I went to Best Buy to purchase monitor mounts.

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