Yesterday started off like any other day. I got up, made breakfast and was working on some photo editing while drinking my coffee. Yesterday however I got a phone call that no artist ever wants to receive - studio - flooding - water damage.... It looked worse than I imagined however after I arrived upon the scene. Soggy floors, water dripping from the ceilings, and a bit of chaos as studio mates grabbed work and kept moving it to drier spaces.
A water sprinkler malfunctioned in an upstairs studio and erupted. As it sprayed, it destroyed the studio and poured into neighboring studios, through the floors and rained on those below. Sadly many works were damaged in the studio complex. Quick action from the fire department and artists who arrived early saved many piece from further damage.
I can be thankful my studio didn't take the brunt of the water damage. A few paintings, frames, and promotional material suffered a lot of water damage and are not salvageable. The hardest thing to find was about 8 years of sketches, academic studies and drawings destroyed by the water. Those piece of artwork are irreplaceable.
Despite the wreckage I thank those fellow artist and friends who jumped to the occasion and helped. I feel for other artists who lost any work. And want to apologize to anyone who had plans to visit the gallery during my last month at 2110. Unfortunately the space will remained closed for the next 3 weeks while being repaired - under the circumstances I have already moved to my home studio.