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Post #1367 • June 18, 2009, 7:30 PM • 8 Comments

Today I became the latest tenant of the 65 Sprague Street art studios in Hyde Park, Boston. My studio mates are three serious artists with numerous connections to the Boston art world, and a couple of engineers who work with optics and electronics. The studio is a 12' x 26' room with 22' of air overhead and 12' windows in a west-facing wall. The studio at home is pretty good, but here I'll have over fifty feet of usable wall. Home will remain the drawing/digital studio, and 65 Sprague will be the painting/computer-free studio. House and studio are twelve minutes apart with no traffic. New opportunities have revealed themselves merely in the process of considering tenancy here, so the vibe is excellent.

Come one, come all. (But wait until I have some work up.)




June 18, 2009, 10:22 PM

Lets, see...12'x26' = 76 feet of wall space, with 12' windows.

Franklin gets "over 50" 0f those feet.

Shall we guess that the other "serious artists" are not painters? Or that they somehow inhabit the airy 22' upper reaches of this place? Or that the other tenants are midgets? Or that Franklin just drives an expecially hard bargain? or...



June 18, 2009, 10:28 PM

Computer free, eh? Sounds like a good circumstance.



June 18, 2009, 11:53 PM

Congratulations on the new dedicated studio, Franklin. I understand how 12x26 can feel like a big space, and I'm sure such high ceilings and large windows make it seem like the whole world's your studio. I'm looking forward to seeing some samples of your new and likely larger paintings.

Change your studio to change your practice is what I seem to recall. Not going to your studio for months on end is another way to change your practice, not necessarily for the better, but by some artists' testimony not necessarily for the worse either.



June 19, 2009, 7:59 AM

Opie, my studio mates are not actually sharing that particular space. That one is all mine. This is the smallest division within a big, open space that has been walled off into five separate studios. That space is one of several of equal size in a honking huge building in which they used to build trains. Despite from what you probably conclude from the 22' ceilings, the studio is actually on the second floor over a commercial printing facility. (Which is nice, because they keep us warm in winter.) One of the artist spaces is a fine art print collective set up for lithography, intaglio, and relief. As it happens, my neighbors include an abstract painter, two installation artists, and the engineers.

John, I actually could get in on the building's WiFi, but the idea is to leave the digital distractions at home. Like you said, good circumstances.

Ahab, have you not been in the studio lately? Take up your torch and get welding, good man!



June 19, 2009, 9:22 AM

Sounds excellent. Now you have no more excuses!


Pretty Lady

June 19, 2009, 12:51 PM

Congratulations, that's wonderful news! I'm very envious...


David Richardson

June 21, 2009, 10:47 PM

congrats. A man with a studio is a happy man.



June 22, 2009, 3:04 AM

wow man that is super interesting. please keep us informed and let us know if you get furniture too. how about a picture if you get an easel? Cant wait for the next instalment of guy in a studio.



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