Author, novelist, playwright and poet James Baldwin summed up the solidarity of the artistic lifestyle saying, "The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone."
Yes, the vision of the artist can be a lonely one. The solipsistic painter locked in a finite studio with no company beyond an easel and a paintbrush, toiling over his next masterpiece. In millennial speak, forever alone.
But today's artists are imagining a new style of creativity, one that is more communal and collaborative, and for some Bend artists, that revolves around shared work spaces serving as duel galleries and offices.
Local photographer Tambi Lane opened the Armature Studio, which until the beginning of this year was known as Studio 3. The space is now home to a group of six diverse, resident multi-media artists.
Armature spans two buildings beside Scott St. just past The Old Iron Works and Cindercone Clay Center. Vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams and kitschy spare furniture, mark the hip space.
"Basically, it's a place where anything creative can happen," explained Lane. "We have artist workspaces and featured artists that hang in the gallery occasionally. On the other side, I have my photography studio and rental space. People come in for private parties, corporate events and music events. We have a couple weekly classes, dance groups, kickboxing, and an acting coach. There's always something different going on, and there's a lot of collaborating."
Lane opened the studio up to multimedia artists after her two photography partners, who originally co-invested in the space, moved on to other creative endeavors.
Now a year after her partners' departure, Lane's vision has grown into a new animal, and to celebrate the transition, she's throwing a reopening party in conjunction with the Last Saturday event at the Old Iron Works.
"It's modeled the same as Cindercone and the Workhouse," said Lane. "Whatever you're looking for, it's probably here."
Armature, A Creative Space
Grand Reopening with music from Isles, All You All and Don Quixote | Sat., April 26 6:30 pm.
50 Scott St. SE Suite 1 & 2
Open Gallery Thurs.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm
Kaycee Anseth | Casey Corcoran
Rachel Lee Carmen | Caroline Cornell
Chelsea Whittaker (Bloom) | Euijin (Ester) Gray | Jonathon Ludwig