Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

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Peaks and Valleys

06/10/2014

PeaksandValleys

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Puzzle 101

06/05/2014

Puzzle 101

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Pools

06/03/2014

Pools

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Vista 1

06/01/2014

Vista 1

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The Yellow Door

05/30/2014

The Yellow Door

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Telling Stories; the story

11/20/2013

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I have been working on this piece (detail above) called Telling Stories. The challenge I set for myself was to go bigger. Could I expand what I do onto a larger canvas? 30″ is about the largest I can fit in my limited space. I have to say it was a satisfying experience and I now long to go even larger. Maybe someday when space lends itself.

The title comes from sitting in a number of critiques and workshops where my fellow artists see narrative, seemingly in every piece. I do not derive my connection to art this way, especially not my own. There is always a journey through my pieces from beginning to end but it is not a story. I guess it is about process, composition, materials and technique. The final work offers up various clues to items that tease the viewer to construct their own story. I want my work to connect for people through their own experience not mine. If that means there is a story in it, so be it.

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The Juried Path

05/17/2012

My success with juried shows in 2011 is now a distant memory. I know that “show business” is a crap shoot and am not taking it personally. I recently took a printing workshop where there was a lot of chatter about what was show worthy art. The cherry on the juried show sundae was an email from the director of a venue defending the juror for choosing 75 works from 500 submissions most of which were several works from each artist chosen. So 75 works represented about half that many artists from hundreds who submitted work. All of this has led me to ponder the path of the juried show. Here are some of my thoughts/questions;

  • Why enter a juried show? For me some of the answers are venue, location, prestige, audience.
  • A juried show is really about the juror’s vision; taking the works submitted and finding the statement that he or she can make with them.
  • Some shows seem to be all about enterprise: the artists pay to submit works, the public pays admission, the show gets a commission if the work is sold. How do artists reconcile their role in this business? How do we avoid these types of shows if we wish to?

The conclusion I have come up with is this. As artists there are lots of things trying to take us away from focusing on our art. If the possibility of a show is worth the attention and work (because it is a bit of work to ready a submission) I plan to keep trying. On the other hand, if I get into a mode where I am solely looking for that recognition I need to re-focus my attention to my art. And I never want to be the whiny artists who complained to the director about what was chosen. You put your art into the world not because you need the acceptance but because you needed to create.