Artist-run TANK Studios sets a new precedent in the local art scene
Walk into TANK Studios, and you'll find a raw but ordered space where one artist's studio segues into another's, and big windows, high ceilings and skylights unfold in a panoramic, circular pathway. Built out in a South Acoma Street warehouse in the Overland neighborhood early this year by a group of former RedLine residents whose shifts there were over, the shared workspace was designed to blend the buzzing energy of work being done with a hive-like sense of real community -- similar to what happens at RedLine, only not as formal or finished in appearance.
Derrick Velasquez in his TANK studio.
Photos by Derrick Velasquez, unless noted.
"We wanted it to be dirtier," co-founder Derrick Velasquez notes as he walks through TANK's shadowed hallways and patches of natural light. Along with fellow artist Sarah Wallace Scott, Velasquez serves as manager of the completely artist-run space, where a new crop of studio-mates are now moving into TANK's recently completed second-stage buildout, doubling the artist community's size. The manager role, he says, will most likely be a revolving one in TANK's democratic society.
Artist Ian Fisher in the studio.
Not so much a public place, TANK is all about art being made, with seasoned local veterans like David Zimmer working alongside younger counterparts like Adam Milner. And there is no gallery, nor are there plans currently to add one. Rather, inside community -- and a shared cosmopolitan spirit of professionalism -- is the engine that keeps TANK humming.
Joel Swanson's studio at TANK.
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