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A View from the Easel

by Philip A Hartigan on April 3, 2014

CHICAGO — The 63rd installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio — just check out the submission guidelines.

Keith Nelson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (site)

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My studio is located in a heavy timber and brick warehouse built in 1870. I renovated 10,000 sq. ft. on the seventh floor into 10 individual studios which I rent to other local artists. In return for managing the spaces, I get my 800 sq. ft. studio for free.

The work I’m producing involves arranging and re-arranging both found and prepared objects on shelves or risers in a process I consider akin to painting. Through this project, I am grappling with the historical baggage of painting as a literal medium and the failings/limitations of minimalism.

Pictured in this photograph are some finished arrangements and extra “parts” piled in the corner and on the floor. The table at the center is a catch-all for tools, brushes and other random debris. Through the door at the right is my photography studio, where I document arrangements before their parts are reused in new pieces.

Adrian Whipp, Austin, Texas (site)

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My studio is an 18 ft. mobile studio, styled like a tiny house, from which I shoot tintype photographs. Tintype is an old photographic process from the 1800s, which requires that the photographic chemistry is developed immediately after exposure. The space is divided into a small studio area with a darkroom in the back. I can tow the studio anywhere it is needed, and have all my chemistry and water on board. This means I can shoot on locations that would otherwise not be possible with the tintype process. We can also shoot inside the studio if needed, using the lighting set up that I carry on board.

Jody Guralnick, Aspen, Colorado (site)

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This is a picture of a table in my studio. It’s covered in wasp nests, bird nests, books dipped in porcelain and wax, and some paintings made using those and other organic materials that I’ve gathered in the Rocky Mountains. There are twigs and dried blossoms and seed heads hanging from the ceiling that have been preserved in clay, wax, and resin.

Kyle Clements, Toronto, Canada (site)

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This is my painting studio, a cramped 8 x 8 ft. workspace, only 6 feet high, where I produce my work. It is attached to my apartment in Toronto, so the commute to work is about 10 steps from my living space. I keep the studio as well stocked as a small art store, so I am never without any material I might need.

I pin my canvas to a piece of drywall, and with the assistance of a DIY digital overhead projector, I trace my design on the canvas and get to work painting, squeezing the paint onto the canvas like icing a cake. I try to treat painting like a 9-to-5 job (although it’s more like an “after sunset until sunrise” schedule). I show up every day and put in my hours, and if I’m not in the mood to paint, I do boring technical exercises until I am in the mood to paint. The finished paintings stay in my living space, where I live with them for several months before showing them publicly.

Chris Cobb, Roanoke, Virginia (link)

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This photo is a great representaion of how my studio looks while I am in the middle of larger projects. I try to clean up, but alas …

The space is only a year old and I share it with an awesome photographer (her side is not shown in the photo), called Christine Carr. I recently acquired two drafting tables, within months of each other. It’s great to have a tools table, and a materials and work table. I can work on larger pieces without having to get on the floor.

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