Shortly before Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall moved to Brooklyn, New York, they allowed us to see the unique space they were using in the Crossroads District of Kansas City. Sall and Hayes are married, and they both have longstanding ties to the area, where they have worked and exhibited in the past. Their shared space was expansive, though narrow in proportion. The point of entry was close to where their individual spaces were partitioned (an unserious wall that divided the overall area in half).
After entering the studio, it was obvious that though the division between their spaces was a necessary point of definition, that border was more porous in practice than it appeared. Rather than a full-throated demonstration of the struggle for individuation and identity that is typical when two studios are close in proximity, the relationship between these studios was friendly in nature and confident in its masters.