JULES DE BALINCOURT '05

How has your work changed since you added your studio in Springs, New York? In our studio visit, you mentioned that this means you constantly have two separate bodies of work in progress. Does this affect your overall practice?

Having two studios gives me the ability to pull back and have distance from the work and allows the work to settle or sit without having to be around it all the time. I am curious to see over time how the contrast of town and country seeps into my subconscious, seeps into my work, and creates two different states of mind and bodies of work. I am curious how the contrast of contexts will slowly seep through me subconsciously and emotionally and result artistically.

What comes to mind when you think about your time at Hunter College now?

Summer camp, friends, community, and freedom.

Can you tell us about your idea for creating a low-rent studio building to allow artists to stay in Bushwick, Brooklyn, despite rising rents?

I am in the process of, with seven other members, forming an organization called Placeholder, which is still in its early development and is on the verge of being launched. The idea is to create sustainable, rent-stabilized art studios that will be hopefully funded by generous art-loving patrons to prevent the constant displacement and exodus of artists from New York.

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