Myself and two other talented students, (Joshua Hawkins and Jessica E. Oberdick along with the help of friend Renzo Velez) put a lot of hours and labor into transforming this space.
The mission – be in total control of our exhibition space for the Capstone exhibit. From updating for safety reasons to fixing crumbling drywall and a whole lot of painting we were able to turn our vision into a reality and dubbed the space “The Slant Factory”.
The name worked on multiple levels; first off the pitch of the roof creates a slant and the building was in fact the first Ford factory in Jefferson County. To put another spin on the name we felt that factory – being a building or source of prolific production encompassed our work ethic. I remind myself of this and use it as fuel to keep producing my art. Not only for the architectural nod does “Slant” work, art is a voice, an opinion, a comment – the artists slant on that which the piece is about.
Our space is quite rustic being a historic building and heating and air conditioning are provided by the sun, the breeze and a fan or two. But the time has come to sweat and laugh at the heat and once again transform our space to fit our needs. It’s time to bring in the drying rack, work tables and a coffee pot. I plan to keep my studio area open and store my “inspiration materials” at home and bring in only those needed for the specific works at hand.
As my nesting continues check back for some progress images, for now take a look at how The Slant Factory came together.
So after moving a lot of “stuff” into the storage area we began to repair walls, built a knee wall around the stairs, sanding and then painting…
With our reception date fast approaching we swept up the dust and began installing our lighting and finished bodies of work. Here are a few images of my installation “Thoroughfare” on opening night. It was well attended and we all earned high marks for our efforts.
All exhibitions photos courtesy of www.joeydiazphotography.com