West 4th and Jane Show, 2013, a set on Flickr.
For the past year and a half, serendipity has allowed me to create a new body of work. When Danny T. Levin and I were first married in July of 2011, we did not yet have a home together. Our respective careers as a musician and visual artist dictate certain spacial needs, and those necessities are hard to address on a tight budget.
Danny and I spent hours combing over Craigslist and Westside Rental ads, determined to find a place that could accommodate us both. We never found that coveted ad, the one that offered the affordable single family home with separate structures that could be appropriated into music and art studios. Instead, the house came to us through a fortuitous occurrence; Danny’s keen eye spotting a man who was placing a “For Rent” sign in the front yard of a house on a heavily trafficked Rancho Park throughway.
Within two or three days of Danny’s sighting, we were signing the lease on the house, which ended up covering all of our needs with its assets. Not only does it offer us a garage in which I can paint, and a small, isolated, structure where Danny can make music at any hour of the day or night, it also has a pool, a lemon tree, a brick BBQ, and an outdoor bar area for entertaining. All of this is affordable due to the light rail Expo line being built directly adjacent to the property. We find the Expo construction a manageable annoyance, more of an opportunity for us to adequately cover our rent.
In the past 16 months, this advantageous access to creative space has enabled me to create my newest body of work, “Horses By The Pool,” an exploration of the quaint majesty that life affords me. On Tuesday, August 6th from 7-9pm, come down to West 4th and Jane in Santa Monica to check out some of the pieces in person!