My Hungerford Clear Out
We have much to be thankful for...
This year has been disruptive, not only international events ( and wars ), but local ones as well. It wasn't that long ago that I remember sitting in at a meeting at Rochester Contemporary and listening to the talk about artists and others who were leaving the Hungerford Building because of a steep rise in the rent bill each month. I didn't want to think about what it would be like if I decided to move too... But I no longer had a lease on my space. ( see the photo above ). The new owners of the building didn't offer me a lease and so I had no legal rights to be in the space, just paying a much larger bill!
I Know that rental property is a business and I have been a loyal customer for over 30 years! But imagine you are a business owner - would you treat a customer this way? And there was no explanation offered as to why there was no lease.... So eventually I decided it was time to go.. Now, five months later I have a studio space that is close to home! ( see below )To move out I put everything in boxes..
Luckily we have a little building on our property that absorbed most of what I had stored in my studio at The Hungerford, so we are lucky! But what about those folks who were forced to move and don't have this kind of extra space?
It will take a lot of effort to sort out what is in all those boxes! But we have a lot to be thankful for... like the fact that I now have a new project and it is called organization!
Also I want to say that the show must go on, and in that context - I can invite you to see my painting in the Annual Members show at RoCo which will start this December, coming soon! I have a painting I call "Dynamic Equilibrium" which is found in the kind of geometric abstraction that I have been working with these past few years.. ( see below )