this october is going to be special.
we will celebrate our 2-year anniversary as a gallery and our 1-year anniversary as a colony.
i remember the first time i saw our new space. it wasn’t “our new space” yet, but i could just feel it. after great conversations with Mike Magoski about the art community in fullerton, it was finally going to happen. it, as in a central hub for the arts in downtown fullerton. one wednesday evening after the monthly art walk meeting, Jesse La Tour, Mitchel Constantin and i went back to the Violethour with mike and candace to talk about the future. after socializing over some sangria and dreaming up best case scenarios (limitless dreams), we took a tour of the buildings that mike’s dad, Pete, owns. we were floored by 1) the amount of space/property there was, 2) all the stuff stored in (1), and 3) imagination-overload. an art colony? could it be real? were all the components coming together as one? after a few more meetings, we had finalized plans. mike is a true visionary. PÄS and Hibbleton were going to move in next to the Violethour in a warehouse down on the desolate Santa Fe Ave. we informally called it the “Santa Fe Art Colony” (referenced from an email dated 5/14/10), “Magoski Arts Center” (7/7/10) and “santa fe arts commune” (7/31/10).
As seen from one of the images above, Dillon Kerekes wrote on a wall on May 17, 1996:
I have decided from this day on to never give up in any way, shape or form, my right to continiously [sic] and willfully create ARTWORK IN ORDER TO survive i [sic] the sometimes chaotic invironment [sic] that I exist.
And now almost 15 years later, I’ll add to this……I have also decided that truly believing in alterate [sic] realities, past lives and future possibilities is not such a bad thing. Our time on this planet and in this state of being is short – or finite if you prefer. Do we make the most out of each moment? You tell me? Don’t bother I already know-…
as i was reminiscing the birth of the colony, i fished out a few old emails dated on May 14, 2010. “Gentlemen: Not even that powerful Sangria could erase the memories of Wed night’s conversations … What I’d like to do now is some very basic pre-planning to determine a basic footprint of operations:” starts off Mike Magoski. i followed with, “one thing we [kristy and i] are for certain though is the name of this “arts colony”. we’d like to nominate the name: “The Magoski” we think it will go well in conversation. ‘Let’s meet at the Magoski.’ ‘I’m taking a workshop at the Magoski.’ ‘Did you know Hibbleton moved to the Magoski?’ ‘I met this artist who has a studio in the Magoski, that place is so inspiring.’ ‘holy sheep, i was at the Magoski last night and saw the coolest film.’ ‘Did you know about the spoken word events at the Magoski.’ mitch chimes in with links to similar places in alabama, “I think you’re really onto something here.” and jesse agrees, “To a brighter future!”
Read the rest of Brian’s post here in his blog.
Fullerton resident, Brian Prince is a renegade art major who escaped the box of academia and landed into a vast creative milieu as groundskeeper/curator of PÄS/project art school.
All images courtesy of: Brian Prince
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