Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ted Bleecker, 1944-2005

Ted Bleecker died last night from the lung cancer that he was diagnosed with a year after he finished Bleecker Street Studios in Carrboro. What a remarkable piece of work that was! He built it literally by hand over the course of seven years, creating a building that is as much a work of art as the artwork that has been created and shown within. I only had the opportunity to meet him once (I should say took the opportunity as he was very approachable) during the opening of a show of our friend Warren Hicks' work and he enthusiastically showed us the massive hand-carved doors to his part of the studio and talked about what a labor of love the whole experience had been. An awesome achievement and, by all accounts, a wonderful person. I'm sorry I didn't get to know him better.


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