Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More on LMCC

In describing Free Space, I really need to talk more about LMCC, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, because that's where it all started. Back in May of 2005 I was awarded a Workspace Residency...Ironically, a picture of my workspace studio is featured on LMCC's site describing the program, which I didn't know was there until I started typing this...They don't even know about my blog, they barely know I use their office as my current studio! I LOVE THEM.

Ok, LMCC has a fantastic residency program in a fantastic building, 120 Broadway, the Equitable Building, downtown, New York City. A historic property. This picture shows my studio at night a blaze from the sidewalk below. It was very inspiring to work in an office building on an empty floor, which got me thinking about space, vacant space, space to be developed, and building and rebuilding space. And there's a lot of all that going on downtown which I was exposed to while working there for 6 months (the residency is now a year long).

After the residency, not having another studio to go to, I seized upon ideas of free space, and started to make a list of possible places, adjusted my practice accordingly, and set out to place myself and my work in the public and semi-public, sometimes private realms of a post studio practice.

I also want to mention that with the Workspace residency I was given a small monetary award which enabled me to buy this little laptop, to type away! Thanks LMCC (how often do we really get to say "thank you?!")