Hey Everybody! So I’m receiving a lot of emails asking me two big questions surrounding my announcement of the upcoming Danger Studio Closing Party. The first one, as expected, is “Why are you closing your studio?” and the second is “Aren’t you bummed out?”
Sadly I’m closing my doors because the property owner Building and Land Technology has decided to raise the rent to over 60% of the current cost on all the artists currently residing in the Loft Artists building. A number which is too large to afford, which ultimately aimed to kick us out. I’m not totally shocked, as BLT has been slowly been taking over our building for the last year. My eye was raised when they painted over the entire building that used to have a cool mural on the side saying LAA, which now says BBQ advertising the new development of Dinosaur BBQ in our basement.
I’m not sure what they intend to do with the space, but my main concern right now is MOVING!
I have three years worth of accumulated equipment over there that needs a new home. My quick solution is to upgrade my current storage space and put everything in there until I make plans for this next chapter in my life. This is only a minor hiccup in the road, and it actually comes at an interesting time. If you remember my previous posts from earlier this year, you’ll know that my mantra for 2013 is transformation.
This brings me to the second question about being bummed out. Of course I’m bummed. I’ve had such a good time in this space and it couldn’t be any more perfect for me being where I live right now. However, that said, I am ready for a change. I have been for quite some time. There were many things that I loved about this particular building, but I never felt as though I found my particular place in it’s community. I have a full time day job and therefore kept night owl hours at my studio. Walking into the studio at 8PM at night always had an air of loneliness it. I always wished it was bustling with activity, people building and creating, collaborating, music coming out of peoples studios and people to wave hi to as I went to mine. But it was never like that. I was always the only one working late at night, which just kind of lacked the energy I wished I was surrounded by.
So I hope with my next move, wherever it may be, that it suits me and my art a bit better in the long run.
That said, I welcome you and your friends to join me for my last party at the Danger Studio at 845 Canal Street in Stamford CT on Saturday April 27th from 12-6pm. You can RSVP on Facebook here.
All art, Danger tees, posters and jewelry are for sale and will and go towards my future studio. I’ll have some drinks & appetizers on hand, will be projecting some of my videos and will have some giveaways as well. Please stop by, Saturday is your last chance to see the studio. I’m packing it all up and moving it out on the 28th. As a bonus, all the other artists in the building will also have their doors open as well for one last visit – then you can always grab a beer downstairs at Dinosaur BBQ. See you then!
If you’re interested in reading more about the Loft Artists move and BLT, check out these resources:
Article written by The Hour and an article written by the Stamford Advocate