Sunday, January 27, 2008

the wrong leg(s).

hi. have you met me? i'm the girl that got 18" legs for my 63" work table (instead of the legs that expand to 36", hi what) and then sent my adoring and awesome boyfriend to new jersey (again for the second time this weekend to new jersey - we were there yesterday) to get me the right ones... after yelling at him. because i'm freaking awesome. or because i suck ass. you know. whichever.

yeah, that ikea furniture is a blast.

other than torturing my boyfriend, who did eventually make it back with the right legs and save the table part of the day, things went pretty well. my furniture is all assembled (thank you LAURA! thank you JASON! thank you Josh and Monica for at least making it out with some enthusiasm... and thanks to the rest who would have liked to come and were there in spirit). the place is still trashed, but whatev. that's no big deal compared to what we've accomplished. the really fun part will be breaking down all of the cardboard. there's some kind of clause in my lease that i'll be fined like $300 if i throw out cardboard that's larger than 12" x 12" or something crazy. i have to check the fine print again. actually, there isn't really fine print. it's a pretty decent lease and the guys that run the studio are forthright. they'll just pass any fine from the city on to me, fairly enough. so.

i have a furnished studio.

now i have to create some art. now i have to deliver. hmm.

ikea, my savior and my scourge.

so, yesterday the furniture for my studio was delivered, choosing and purchasing being last weekend's harrowing task. being the super-affluent girl that i am, the shopping was done at the only place that i've ever bought new furniture (and i do mean ever), that enormous and dizzying warehouse of svelte european design, ikea. the delivery was semi-fascinating, in that the delivery guys seemed rather perplexed at being expected to actually, you know, carry boxes. boxes that had semi-heavy stuff in them. off of their truck. and into a building even. as for the building not having a usable elevator and them having to climb all the way up to the second floor, well, that just about knocked them flat. but somehow they managed. those lil' troopers. i was so proud.

the result of these travails is that my little studio is now cram packed full of ikea flat-pack boxes, which are in turn full of pieces of fiberboard and bizarre little fragments of plastic and metal, the brainchildren of Nordic engineers who spend their days pondering "how do we make the couch and the love seat both fit into this 2' x 2' x 4" box?".

and today? well today, we assemble! today we say, "but why is the hole half the diameter of the peg it is meant to house??" today we wonder, "why do i have ten of these nails left over?" today we consider, "if i try to drill it, will it just split right open, or is there the merest chance that it will remain intact?" today me and my boyfriend and whatever friends i've managed to con-i mean, persuade (with beer) to come aid in our cause, today we Make It Happen. today we Get It Done. yes my friends, today is the day that my studio becomes less an empty concrete and glass room and more a usable studio space. theoretically. keep your fingers crossed for us, would you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

my studio profile is now established.

if you want to see, go here:

http://juvenalreisstudios.com/artist1.php?artistID=259

everything is changing, which is good but disconcerting.

i've never been good with change, which is peculiar since it has characterized my life more than anything for as long as i can remember. but nevertheless, there it is.

so i have a studio. see the pictures? it's empty now (though it did acquire some plants today!); once my furniture comes this weekend it will be transformed into a (more) usable workspace. it terrifies me still, but whenever i am there i am happy and comfortable, and i have to suppose that that means something. and something good, even. i may take paints there this weekend to continue what i'm working on, though i am weary of bringing too much for fear of cluttering up space that will be needed for furniture assembly. we shall see.

i also now have a fancy new nano... it appeared in my world because i needed some sort of musical system for the studio. my two year old shuffle, bless its little pack-of-gum heart, was not up to the challenge. so my darling boyfriend got me the Darkling. only we got home and discovered that my G4-dinosaur couldn't talk to it; i needed an OS upgrade of a serious sort. so that was a 24 hour i-can't-run-leopard-but-they-don't-sell-tiger epoch. but again, the courageous jonathan prevailed, and here i sit, Darkling filled with two plus days of my music, dinosaur-come-tiger humming away on OS X 10.4.11.

i don't recognize this life, but whose ever it is, i'll take it.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

ooh ooh ooh i did a thing i did a thing!

well, those of you who know me know that every now and then i will make some crazy decision and just run with it. like, say, going back to school or quitting my job or moving to new york. well, i hadn't done anything to really upheave my life in oh just ages so i figured it was damn well time. so i rented a studio. ha! i have to do something with all that overtime money from the trial right? and of course we're starting another trial in march, so there will be more from where that came from...

but anyway, yeah, i now have a studio. it's in a refurbished warehouse in long island city, not far from PS1. it has a wall of radiator and glass brick. right now it is just an empty shell, and fairly filthy too. but i'm working on that. friday i painted it - the walls were flat white, and i can't stand flat paint. i need, yes need, semi-gloss. yesterday was the one-fell-swoop ikea trip to establish my infrastructure, followed by the hardware store this-place-only-has-one-plug and I'm-gonna-need-some-tools-here trip. a twelve hour day involving a bus ride to new jersey - exhausting. but all worthwhile. and at the end of it we visited the "diner", an old fashioned 50's style diner that is now an amazing indian restaurant with a huge banquet hall attached. last night there was a wedding there, and man were they dancing! and in the diner they were playing indian pop videos. basically, best thing ever. between the painting and the carrying of stuff to and from subways i'm crazy sore, but i don't care. i'm serving a larger purpose here.

anyway, i'll post some pictures once it's something to look at. and then hopefully i'll post some pictures of all the paintings i'm cranking out now that i have a dedicated space in which to create...