Kyle Hobratschk knows that good things take time. The SMU-trained painter, furniture maker and intaglio engraver describes his mediums as “patient practices”. But his latest work is the most ambitious to date: transforming a disused 1890s Odd Fellows Lodge into the center of the Corsicana artists and writers’ residence, located in the titular city 55 miles south of Dallas. Since 2015, the program has drawn more than 100 creatives from around the world to this city of 24,000 inhabitants, whose ‘human scale’ and slower pace have so creatively invigorated Hobratschk that it has made it his home ( although he visits Dallas every week). In the nine years since he bought the building, dubbed 100 West, Hobratschk’s work has been almost entirely in the service of the residence, preserving the architecture and providing it with beds, desks and more. functional works of art. And while the goal is for the residence to become self-sufficient enough for him to pursue other expressions more freely, the experience has been a patient practice that has brought him satisfaction of a higher kind. “I feel like I’ve put my own career on the back burner for a while, and I’m okay with that,” he says. “I like to do things to serve the creative practices of others – to make the office where someone else will come next, to write their book. The idea of paternity – whose name is on the thing – is less important than the simple thing that came into being by nature of this place.
Favorite Dallas Restaurant: Local on Elm Street, starting with their Fried Green Beans and Thyme Dip
Favorite local museum: Ex Ovo and Sweet Pass Sculpture Park
Courtesy of the seller
Blast furnaces by Bernd and Hilla Becher
Courtesy of the seller
Favorite place to buy art: The Webb gallery
Favorite art book: Chez Bernd and Hilla Becher Blast furnaces
Favourite book: John Berger’s Selected Essays
Favorite local oneartist: Tim coursey
Artist under the radar to watch: Wayne Hall
Five favorite items in your home:
- A Victorian memory jug found by Bruce Lee Webb. It is adorned with jewelry, buckles and tassels, a reminder of the little things we subconsciously collect for others to find when we die.
- Small bronze urn from Arcosanti. I visit this place often when driving to my parents’ house in Arizona.
- Around 1900, Odd Fellow banners, like those that would have hung in rooms like 100 West.
- A sort of oil painting on cardboard of Grandmother Moses by my own great-grandmother representing my great-great-grandparents standing in front of their farm.
- Hand painted Russian Fedoskino lacquer box in the size of a palm. I’ve had this since I was a kid, fascinated by all kinds of miniatures.
The biggest madness at home: Roche Bobois 80s leather loveseat, deep sand color with black piping and rounded brass corners
Favorite musical artist: mazzy star
Favorite clothing designer: AG, Levi’s, Carhart
Favorite candle: Odorless. I prefer cooking aromas.
Favorite staple food: Punctured aluminum trays
Best hosting hack: Filo dough can contain anything
Favorite travel destination: South Ecuador
What are you doing collect? Attempted to collect more street chihuahuas against my better judgment. Artworks from friends and residents who craft items at 100 West are safer.