Archive for the 'emerging artist' Category

27
Jan
12

trying something new

so, i’ve been making these photos since thanksgiving 2011.  about two months.  i’m a bit obsessed.  let me show, then i’ll talk.

these were the first ones.  it was kind of a lark.  i ride the bus to and from work everyday, and there is something about the movement, the shifting, overlapping landscape that just keeps coming that i thought was really interesting, and i loved what i was getting.

now, background.  these are all taken with my cell phone.  iphone4, with a nifty little app.  nothing crazy, just giving me a slower shutter speed.  but i keep making them now.  even thought i’m in prague, i’m still taking public transportation everywhere, so i’m riding trams and seeing the city slide past me on a daily basis.  now, it’s not really sunny here in prague in january, so the images have shifted to be a bit gray-er.

but i’m really fascinated by these things.  i think my favorite is the one with the person in profile, but it is actually harder than i thought to get good shots of folks (you need reflections, which means either really bright sun or after the sun has set, and then you need good angles – tricky).  but still.  they keep accumulating.  thought i’d share.  i’ll let you know if they keep going somewhere…

24
Jun
11

Real Art Ways Exhibition

Really quick post right now – I wanted to share the first installation views of my exhibition down in CT!!!

The opening reception last week was amazing and it was unreal in a very good way to finally see my work come together.  I’m so happy with the work and still kind of in shock that it’s up!

 

05
Jun
11

First Real Exhibition!!!

That’s right folks.  The reason I’ve been so quiet here for the last few months is that I have been working away at finishing all of the images and sound for my first ever real exhibition!  And by that, I mean, the first exhibition where I have more than 2 pieces in the show, where I’m not sharing wall space with 50 other people.  I mean that the most wonderful folks at Real Art Ways got me a year ago, and they are now saying “Have at.  Here’s a room.  Do what you will with it.”  I get an entire gallery to install my own work.  This is somewhat miraculous to me.  And it makes such a huge difference.  I can’t wait to see everything installed, hung and playing all at the same time!

See, this is the thing with working on a huge scale.  I don’t have 14 foot ceilings in my studio.  I don’t even have enough wall space to hang all 9 murals at the same time.  When I put them up in the gallery it will be the first time I can step back from the work and see it as I imagined.  Totally unreal.

And, see, there’s this other cool thing about the project.  I’m finally doing my sound!  I’ve been toying with sound art/music/digital-aural-chaos for about 3 years, but I’ve never really put myself out there with it.  I love doing it, it makes sense with where the overall project is going, but most of the time I’m getting my work into group photography shows, and that doesn’t quite lend itself to the inclusion of sound installations.  Again, amazingly unreal.

So, if you happen to be in the greater Hartford, CT area any time this summer, you should go see the show.  It should be amazing.  And the call for proposals that made this all happen is their annual Step Up program where they foster emerging artists and give them their break, so you won’t just get to see my work, but the amazing work of 5 other artists who got their chance.

Here’s the postcard image for the show and then the details from the back of the postcard.

And as always, thanks for stopping by…..

14
Oct
10

Money is the root of all Evil

Seriously.  I mean it.  Why is it necessary to have money?  Why can’t I just happily go off into the great wild, and do what I want, when I want?  Why do I have to sell my art?

Some would say I don’t.  But here’s the thing.  Currently the only source of income that I have is teaching.  Which I love.  But it’s VERY part time, and only pays so much.  So money is an issue.  Paying bills can be an un-fun activity.

Which leads me to start thinking about selling my work.  And I have a hard time with this – particularly the big mural guys, who are currently my obsession, and I don’t know how to part with them, especially since they are one-of-a-kind.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

So, in my logical mind, this leads me to thinking about selling some of my other prints.  I’ve got crap-tons.  Old work that just sits in the closet.  New photos that I take for my own personal enjoyment that collect on my computer and turn into a time-suck in Lightroom.  I like them, but they are incredibly unrelated to the murals.  Things like pretty pictures of trees or architectural details or landscapes from vacations, like this…..

Here’s the issue.  Is this a sell out?  Am I pandering to the market?  Am I dumbing down what I really want to do, just to get by?  But what if I can’t do what I do because I don’t have enough money, so the only way to do the “real” work is to sell the more approachable stuff?

And you want to know what’s really embarrassing, or terrifying or just plain frustrating?  I, on the sly, started an Etsy store to try this out – to see if I could even sell the prints that aren’t my “real” art but maybe still make some money on something that I truly love to do.  Haven’t sold a blasted one.  Not one.  Not even an email.  So apparently my “approachable” work is still not finding the right mark.

This all is coming spewing out of me right now because I was just reading an article on “Art in the Time of Austerity” by Ben Davis on artnet.  The economy as a whole is so screwed up, and the art world is this lovely little microcosm of what’s going one in the big picture – the rich are doing just hunky-dorey and everyone else is holding on by the skin of their teeth.  The stat that shook me to my soul was towards the end of the article.  Of the approximate 80,000 artists that live in NYC or London, only 75 are “superstars”, and an additional 300 are successful.  The rest?  All 79,625 of them?  They are not making a living wage with their art.  Even if they are showing work in a gallery on a regular basis.  How’s that for chilling?

It kinda put a dark mood on my day.  So, now that I’ve vented all the bile in my spleen, I’m feeling a bit better, and will continue on with making my “real” art and hoping and praying that either our society fundamentally changes and good working people can live without worrying how they’ll pay their next bill, or I’ll become an art superstar and earn that 7-figure salary.  That, or I’ll win the lottery.

Wish me luck.

26
Jul
10

Slightly Amazing

Considering my last post here (brief hiatus for a vacation), this is too funny.  So there I was, griping away about how much time and energy CFE’s take up, and how you get rejected all the time, and how at times, I question the whole process, blah blah blah.

Well, they seem to be working this month!  I found out last week that I got into two group shows, one local to the Boston area, and one out in Colorado!!!

Who knew?  There seems to be no logic, no rhyme or reason to when I get included and when I don’t.  Am I getting better at selecting the right CFE’s?  Is there some secret that the longer you submit things, the jurors realize that you’re crazy enough to be an artist, so they include you?  It’s unclear, but I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.  It just feels a bit surreal.

So, on a very positive, upbeat note for a change, to all you struggling artists out there (myself included) don’t give up.  Keep submitting.  Stay organized.  Eventually your people will find you.

09
Jul
10

The Dreaded CFE

So, if you’ve read any of my early posts, one of the things that I use this blog for is to vent/question/plead with myself and others about the all-consuming quest – “How do I become an artist?”  What does it mean to be an emerging artist, how do I find my people, etc.

I’ve got a process to keep pushing myself along.  I submit to calls for entry, a.k.a. CFE’s.  Most of them cost some money (or LOTS of money).  Some of them seem like scams off the bat.  Some of them are free.  Others have world famous art-people as jurors or curators.  In all honesty, I could spend whole days just finding these dang things.  There are literally thousands of them out there.  And once you’ve found some (or lots) that you want to submit your work to, you then have to format EVERYTHING!  Images, sized just so, as JPEGS, sRGB or Adobe 1998, quality 8, blah blah blah.  Some want a statement.  Others don’t.  Some, the statement has to be 100 words.  Others 300.  As you can see, this could rapidly turn into a full time job.  It’s what I like to think of as a time-suck.

But here’s the thing.  Occasionally, they work.

Someone sees your work, and they actually get it.  And you’re in a group show.  Or you get a grant.  Or you get to speak at a conference.  And that’s friggin’ amazing.

However, most of the time, you get rejected.  And that’s possibly the hardest part of this path for me.  To keep putting myself out there, time and time again, knowing that more than likely, I will NOT get this.  I will not be included.  It’s kinda like someone kicked you in the ribs, what with us artists being all sensitive and such.  We’re not big on rejection.  If you’re passionate enough to try and pursue a career in the arts, it means that you are putting yourself into the work, so every time you submit a piece, you’re exposing yourself, leaving yourself vulnerable to criticism or dismissal.

But I don’t know of any other way.  I also like the idea that the art I make is doing the work for me – I don’t have to network or schmooze to meet the “right” people.  I show my images to someone who’s in a position to give me exposure of some sort, and once in a while, the stars align, and a little piece of my brain gets shared with a slightly larger audience than my usual, the husband and the cat.  It seems fair in some twisted way.

The only true gripe at this point.  Seriously people, can’t we all agree on some basics here?!?!  Like all JPEGs are 1280 px on the long side at quality 10?  Isn’t that a pretty good compromise?  And statements are 200 words and the CV is 2 pages?  Then at least I wouldn’t be spending the rest of this afternoon cutting and pasting in MS Word, trying to rewrite something that’s already been written.




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