Tad Lauritzen Wright | Studio Visit

“It’s definitely a work space. I come here to do that and usually work consistently through the time I’m here. My sister’s studio is a totally different environment. She’s got a couch so she can take naps, and it’s a place where she can kinda hang out. Not here, really. When I got here, there was this hole in the floor. I didn’t patch it, and the chair wheels would get stuck but I could also let everything drain out of it and out from this back wall. Now the hole has cardboard and duct tape over it, but the chair still gets stuck. It’s cool though, on the back of the building there are all these colored water stains.”

“George is my favorite artist, we went to school together and he dropped out after a year and did his thing. He’s dressed up for something here, probably Halloween. He didn’t look like that all the time, but close. Dubuffet is the reason I became an artist. I saw a show with my sister, and it changed my life. Larry and Beth are over here, some other inspiration, some of my own drawings.”

“I did Politics entirely in the house, just moved the furniture and set up sawhorses to work on. I was working on a big project in here with tons of color, so not the place for stark white canvases to be. I need to move quickly right now. I have this and I’m wondering if I want to put more into it, fill in the spaces, or put things on top of it. That last show was all about beauty and now I’m at the exact opposite of where I was at the end of the last body of work. I want to make work that’s uncomfortable. I have the politics and music choices of a fourteen-year-old boy, you know, anarchy and ghetto rap. There’s some smooth jazz and some silence too, when the music stops, but this is it a lot of the time.”

“My daughter’s drawings are here. For a long time, I got really into Pussy Riot and I would make Pussy Riot drawings with my daughter. She thinks they’re cats. When I was growing up in Texas, we used to drink Rondo. It was like Mountain Dew before Mountain Dew, and they had similar commercials, too. Rondo wasn’t super carbonated so you could just slam it back, and then you’d crush the can. And it always made you feel so powerful to crush the can because it was thicker than a lot of other soda cans. I didn’t see Rondo for a long time. One time Tracy and I were hiking, and I saw this yellow color ahead and was like, “You see that color? That’s the color on the Rondo can!” A while back I found this can that somebody had been shooting up and it’s probably been around since 1984.”

“I’ve worked in lot of different spaces. When I was living in an apartment I had a space there that was really small, and in a duplex I had another bedroom I was using but I just kept spreading out. I spread out even here, I’ll move into the yard. And I’m used to working in messy spaces. I’ve shared studio space with people before, I didn’t like that very much. This is best. It floods, when it rains it’s just going to be muddy. There are things about it that are just part of an old building. This part over here was molding so I just cut out the wall and stuck stuff in front of it to use.”

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