While the renovation of our building at 1415 Mallinckrodt is not fully complete, we are happy to welcome artist-designer-builder Tim Balon for the month of May as our first resident in the space! Tim is a multi-talented designer based in San Francisco, but has roots in both Saint Louis and Chicago, where Theaster and myself know him from.
We’ve asked Tim to come lend his eyes and hands to some of the finish detailing at 1415. With degrees in art history and architecture, Tim has a specialty in creative restoration work and expertise with hand-painted wall patterns.
Upon arrival at 1415 Mallinckrodt, Tim immediately set forth on thinking about how to finish work in the first floor front two rooms. These rooms were some of the more intact spaces in 1415, and will be used for exhibitions and as “clean” workshop spaces.
They also featured some beautiful, hidden wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, but with extensive plaster damage from years of abuse and adaption.
Tim’s first challenge has been to think about ways of maintaining these layers of history within the space while also attempting to make the rooms have a flexible, clean, and simple quality necessary for the exhibition of art and gathering of people.
So far so good!
Here’s what Tim has to say about his time working with us in Hyde Park
“The exposure and proximity to an existing built environment undergoing a major transition is a very exciting process for me. Travel and collaborating with new people has a large impact on my work and I’m expecting that time away from my familiar surroundings and overall environment will greatly influence and inform my current and upcoming projects and future experiences in San Francisco.”
To see more of Tim’s work, check out his website here.
To see more of what’s happening at 1415 Mallinckrodt, check out our flickr stream here.
During Tim’s time in Saint Louis, we’ll be hosting two volunteer work days to take place on Saturdays May 19th and 26th from 10am-4pm. There will be lots of cleaning, painting, yardwork, and some small building projects. Lunchtime BBQ and refreshments will be provided, as well as some post-work day beverages.
If you are interested and available to join us, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.