i am working on some new pieces for a show next month (more details soon.) the studio has been a godsend--lots of open space, no distractions except for the birds that fly in through the open windows and can't find their way out.
a couple weeks ago, i was lucky enough to find a building downtown to use for studio space--the former site of jay etkin gallery, my favorite gallery in memphis when i was growing up. the space is really something: a fully finished lower floor and mezzanine with gallery walls and lighting, and two upper stories with open floor plans, high ceilings, and enormous windows. this is my dream workspace!
the neighborhood has a bizarre history (most of memphis does.) martin luther king junior was assassinated across the street in the old lorraine motel that has since been turned into the national civil rights museum. the recipe for southern comfort was patented two blocks away, and down the street is a former brothel which is now home to ernestine and hazel's, one of my favorite bars, and hands-down the best juke box anywhere.