AIC Space Update
Since the beginning of the year, part of an old house near Honmura Port on Naoshima has slowly transformed into the Art Island Center gallery, bookshop, and studio. Though it has changed dramatically, we have been careful to preserve the original character of the space, which was once the home of a well-known local shipbuilder, Takashi Tsuda. Our project is small and self-funded, so we have done most of the work ourselves--and learned plenty along the way! Here are some photos of the journey.
When we took possession of the house, it was filled with furniture and memories:
A local craftsman replaced installed new flooring in the front and rear of the space. In the second photo above, new supports were added to replace wood that had been eaten by termites.
The dark green sand walls in the space were redone with white plaster. Since the green color seeped through the plaster, the sand layer had to be scraped off first, which was very labor-intensive.
The sand got everywhere, so at one point the entire space was covered in plastic.
The white walls contrasted nicely with the dark wood details of the space.
To create a place for exhibiting artwork, we covered one set of doors and some of the original plaster with a "floating" gallery wall.
Once the wall was painted and the space cleaned, it really was starting to look like something.
Now we have begun assembling the space, adding merchandise to the gallery and shop in the front of the space, studio materials and equipment in the studio in the rear of the space, and furniture throughout.
Our big table in the studio can seat up to ten people for workshops, meetings, and art classes. (Chairs are on the way!)
A work station in the corner of the studio (with a new iMac, large-format photo printer, scanner, and other equipment) will support photography and digital media projects by locals and visiting artists. This equipment will be installed in the space in August.
We have lots left to do, including: installing new track lighting in the entire space; building the entryway and register/reception area; continuing to add merchandise to the shop and supplies, equipment, and furniture to the studio; installing outdoor signage and redoing other outdoor features; and installing our first, soon-to-be-announced gallery exhibition. As the space continues to evolve, we'll update this post.
Thank you for your support and interest as we prepare an exciting slate of programs, exhibits, and product offerings here on Naoshima.