Move to Corn Country for Art?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Artwork
Move to Corn Country for Art?

We live an interesting life (according to some of our friends and family) and I think that is partly due to our ability to just decide and go for something. We have friends who plan, settle down and live a normal adult life—which is something Ami and I both want at times—but instead we tend to jump into interesting projects and places. Never in a hundred years did Ami think I would decide to move to a little town (pop. 1,000) in Illinois, but we decided and went for it. Just prior to that decision we jumped right in to The Roosevelt 2.0 project in Ybor and moved to Tampa. Before that we decided to throw a huge 3-day art show and invite legendary artist, Alex Grey and his equally amazing wife Allyson Grey.

You see where I’m getting at?

My decision moving from booming and amazingly vibrant creative St Petersburg, FL to a tiny corn town in Illinois I think backs up our idea of being “interesting.” The same reason I left Denver, CO is the same reason I left St Pete. I wanted to experience something totally different and allow my art to be influenced by something completely different. After Ybor City I wanted small, simple, quiet. I wanted corn fields, bean fields and skylines that had 3 simple shapes. I think most people from the big cities would come out here and wonder why would anyone live here, but I like it. I’m different.

That said, I do need a bit more excitement and don’t plan to buy a house here in Morrisonville, IL very soon.

So what does this have to do
with new work in 2014?

The other two important factors of that decision was spending time with family, and saving money while having a bigger space to create. My one condition—I needed a garage.

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Grey walls, heater, bike, fresh cut wood. I call that home.

Moving to this little town came with the perk of a big house and bigger garage. What you see above is a tiny portion this new workshop space which we can even pull two cars into. I’m 6′ 4″ so space and tall ceilings are important to me. Give me space, I’ll make art.  Below are a few shots from some garage sessions last winter (records of -18 made it better). Small town style.

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