I have quickly realized we need more space. We have produced some great art at The Blast Factory (the photo above is an example of what we are seeking), but with more and more work coming in, so many new ideas, and our desire to create larger artworks we are starting a search for a larger space. Here are some of the things we will consider:
1. We will consider leasing or buying. I'm sure we know a smart MBA somewhere that can run a spreadsheet with all sorts of numbers that tell us the right thing to do.
2. The amount of space we need should be more than 500 square feet and less than 2,000 square feet. Although if the right space came along and it was bigger we would think about it.
3. High ceilings. Most of us are under 6 feet tall. So double that perhaps? We need height to do large artworks. Although, hey, some works are created on the floor, so we can certainly look at other heights, too.
4. Well ventilated or large door to open.
5. Bonus points awarded to a space that is on the East side of Madison, close to a great neighborhood bar. The West side is cool, too!
6. Outdoor space or driveway. Nearly all of our explosions are done outside. Unless of course we have a fire rated super-ventilated warehouse. Those do exist by the way!
7. We would love to have a place with some character. Or a space with some windows facing a busy area.
8. A warehouse would be cool. But not a basement one. I once worked in a basement warehouse and it sucked. They would not let me drive the forklift. Better yet, a second floor with a rooftop work area. That would be cool.
9. Walls for art. Interested buyers stop over all the time.
10. We need electrical power to run our computers, our vacuum cleaner, and our large boom box! Also, we need a place to plug in our refrigerator.
11. See the sample photo above. Maybe something like that! We keep an open mind and are flexible though!
I'm probably missing something. So, I will add to this list as need be.
If you have an idea or know of a space, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: THE BLAST FACTORY'S NEW HOME. We will know the right space when we see it!
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist, former CEO, and author of LESS KILLING. Stick currently lives and creates explosive pop art at The Blast Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. Not limited to one medium, he works in gunpowder drawings and paintings, photography, digital art and writing. Follow Stick on Facebook and/orTwitter.