art studio dream (the lab within the switch)

hey there pilgrims, princesses, park rangers, papermakers, pharmacists, postal workers, plumbers, psychiatrists, & all of you other people;

last night i had a crazy dream about my old art studio. i usually don’t remember my dreams, so when i do i know they’re pieces of art. and, as this is an art blog, here it is!

the studio was in old town, portland. we called it ‘the lab’ and it’d been an art studio for at least 10 years before we were evacuated due to fire code violations preexisting our tenure there. collaboraroty, laboratory, art den, hotspot of awesome. it was gorgeous. i was there for a year and a half maybe. by the time we moved i had my own porch (fire escape). look up oregon casket llc. maybe you’ll see pictures. it was a casket factory about 100 years ago. aah, i may have old photos on this blog somewhere way back. or on my facebook page, which you can probably see, as i am practicing being shameless.

i moved to my current studio, the switchyard, from the lab with 10 other artists. we rented the new space raw, 2 years ago and built it up. look it up on flickr, there are some really good pictures of poetry readings that happen there.

anyhow, my dream was about breaking in there and working on art! at first i did it at night, but realized i could only in the daytime because there was no electricity. it’s hard to paint in the dark. when i was working there i had dreams about it being a huge labyrinthine haunted house (each ghost with a room of it’s own). this dream referenced some of those ghost rooms. it also had other bits that physically didn’t exist in the space. like a back loading dock thing with fire escape action (easy to break in and do guerilla painting projects), that looked a lot like the space on top of the broken freight elevator… stacked with old wood and signs and cardboard and rats. and in this dream there was a really nice white cat with a skin condition who showed me how to get in without a key (it may have been a mangey ghost). there were also other artists working there, in the shadows, in daylight hours.┬áthere were other situations too, it was a long dream, but you get the gist.

i told this dream to roro, who also manages switchyard, and managed the lab. and she told me that i am carrying the mantle of the old studio space into its current incarnation. as i am managing the studio business quite a bit now.

yes it is true. i am the lab within the switch.

that’s all for now. i’m going to try to figure out how to get letters of recommendation for grad schools. i was way too shy in college and now it’s biting me in the ass!

ah well, something will happen, and hopefully it will be good.