Friday, August 08, 2008

Business is Business



I had to move out of my studio. I asked the property manager for a reduction in rent, thinking there was a good chance of it. (I was paying what a home entertainment business had paid previously—the building owner wants to keep artists in residence as opposed to “real” businesses. And yes, I do think artists should get some patronage, we add value to a space…) But the answer was no, Business is business, I understand that. I’m just not successful enough to justify such a monthly expense.
So I was sad, but am going to use this as an opportunity to explore the neighborhood I really love, see if I can find a studio there.
In the meantime, I’ll maybe set up on my patio for a month. This is California, after all.

2 comments:

Kevin Freitas said...

..the building owner wants to keep artists in residence as opposed to “real” businesses.

Isn't this just another form of insincerity? Artists do add value not only to spaces but to the human condition as well. The owner, seems to me, likes the feel good aspect to "helping" artists as long as it doesn't touch his pocketbook. That's a shame...

kloeamongtheturks said...

Kevin,
Well, the story's not over, I need to find out what really happened. But I truly think he has good instincts, maybe it's just bad timing of hard economic times...
Thanks for reading, and I love your blog.
K