Artist’s studio: what about the salon?


“There are many reasons why it is difficult to have a studio at home for many reasons,” said Andre Trenier, a 42-year-old muralist and painter from the Bronx who worked from his University Heights apartment before he began volunteering at The Andrew Freeman. Home. , a community and cultural center on the Grand Concourse, in exchange for a studio about eight years ago.

“It’s nice to be able to compartmentalize yourself mentally,” said Trenier. “Before, I had a room in the apartment that I used as a workshop, but inevitably, I found myself in the living room, on the sofa, spilling something. My wife would say to me, “I thought we were okay? “”

When faced with a challenge, artists are of course good at finding creative solutions. Laura Perez-Harris, a 31-year-old sculptor, for example, found that she could get studio space at a discount by re-enrolling year after year as an undergraduate student at Hunter College. , although she already has a BFA from Rhode. Island School of Design.

Taking a ceramics studio class there works out to about $ 230 a month, about half the cheapest studio space she can find. And unlike a studio, clay and baking are included, along with advice and critical commentary. Still, Ms. Perez-Harris would love a real studio space, where she could show off her work. “I’m happy, but I can’t do this forever,” she said.

Adapting practices, moving further and further away, it is doable until it is not. Ms Robinson, the director of ArtBuilt, said some artists ended up giving up and moving to places like Philadelphia, Providence and New Haven. Today, many artists are still finding workarounds. And every now and then a young artist still manages to find an affordable loft.


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