Long before Albany Barn moved into 56 Second Street (about a half of century before, to be precise!), the historic building was a school known as St. Joseph’s Academy. While most of the building looks much different now, some of the old wooden school desks remain, and they’ve landed in the hands of some of the area’s most talented artists for a special 1-night only exhibition.
Meet our first featured artist, Tadd Martin, and save the date for The Chair Show, December 1st at Nine Pin Cider!
What is your name how are you active in your local arts community?
– My name is Tadd Martin. This is my first project with being involved in the local arts community. I’ve had a ton of fun working on it and hope to continue to be involved in the community by doing more projects like this.
What is your art? Feel free to include your medium, process, goals, inspiration, etc.
– My art is a hand drawn, straight from the brain typography piece. My goal for this piece was to really just let my mind run wild with typography that I enjoyed and really just have fun with it. I don’t usually get to do a lot of physical art outside of my community so I really wanted to enjoy it and use my love of letters and go crazy. I also was inspired to create a piece expressing everything I’ve done in my design career and how I got to where I am today.
What drew you to the chair show and what was the inspiration for your piece?
– I honestly just picked a chair with the smoothest wood to able to let my type flow nicely across the piece. And as I mentioned above I really just wanted to have fun with it and create something expressing my design career/goals and using my love of type. Along with those themes, it also became apparent to me while creating the piece that typically kids drew on/wrote on desks (I know I did), and I thought that was a fun aspect about it too that inspired me to really cover as much as the desk as possible.
I had a blast working on this and I’m so appreciative that I was asked to submit a piece, I really hope to do more and work within my local community in the future.