There must be some lingering trace of creativity from former inhabitants of old buildings, a spirit or two that hangs around to bless adventurous souls who would bring new things to life in these old, musty environs.  Like many Nashville artists, particularly in the area of town between Greer Stadium and the railroad tracks along South 2nd Avenue, Lain York has chosen just such a spot for his studio.  For 19 years now, Lain has done his good work in part of an old molasses processing plant built in the 19th century on Houston Street.  At one point, several artists, called the Nashville studio network, were neighbors on the ground floor.  Over the years, though, all have moved away, except Lain.  The last to go was a wood shoppe.  The space works beautifully for Lain, however, and he continues to adhere to a time-tested regimen to create his bold, saturated abstracts.  He does his router and sander work outside his walled-in room to keep the dust out.  He keeps clutter at a minimum inside the room and uses all surfaces (well, not the ceiling) for painting on his canvases - tables, floors, walls - as the spirit moves him.  I wonder which lingering spirit might be nudging him there today....

From the artist:  “When starting a new series, I find it necessary to clear out the space entirely as I feel remnants of previous images still floating around. The residuals help to insure continuity but a clean working environ is important for a clean start.”

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