Through the month of August, I have the privilege of being an Artist at the Skyline Artist in Residence program. This residency is located in Charlotte, NC, in what was previously a Goodyear tire shop. What makes this residency unique is that this building has been scheduled for demolition in October of this year. Soon, this plot of land will be the home of, yet another, “high-end” condo building. With the fate of the site pre-determined, the rules of a typical residency bend. I’ve been encouraged to leave a lasting mark on the space. I couldn’t not think of Conical Intersect when I was approached about the opportunity and its premise.
Key in hand, last week i spent my first day with the space. Memories of sneaking into foreclosed spaces sent me back to a 15-year-old me. The experience was equal parts “how great it was to be a kid” and “how great it can be to be an adult.” I sat in the 100 degree heat, highlighting the smell of decades of rubber and oil, listening to the space, and exploring its potential.
The month I have here will pass quickly, but i’m honored and excited about the opportunity.