Coming to agreement.
My daughter was digging around the studio when she came upon a pile of small unfinished canvases that I began working on several months ago . She surprised me by placing them on the floor in a close group much like I intend to hang them if I ever get around to completing them. She and my son spent some time shifting the paintings around, and discussing which ones they liked best before finally coming to an agreement about the best arrangement for the paintings.
I wonder if they intend to write an essay to accompany the exhibition?
The other day I decided to think outside the box, and so I went to the store and bought a box. My idea is to make an exhibition box that will contain about 50 Long Series paintings and the materials for the creation of Long Series paintings. The box is essentially a mail art project, but it is also something I can easily travel with.
50 Long Series Paintings.
The box will contain instructions for the display of the artwork, and for the process for setting up a workstation so that people may participate in the creation of artwork. There will also be biographical, project, and news-media information included in the box.
Over the years I’ve shown in many different types spaces, and I’ve always been attracted to alternative approaches when it comes to presenting my work. I see this work in a small space with the paintings on the wall in a grid. A desk and chair would be in front of the wall, and the desk would contain sheets of 12×12 inch paper with art materials so that viewers of the work might join in and make marks that eventually when returned to me would become part of finished paintings.
Ideally I would like to work with a curator or the staff of an interesting alternative art gallery. I would welcome suggestions of curators or galleries that you think might be interested in an interactive exhibition.
October Studio Morning.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Actually it’s been a busy five years when I really think about it, and after an intense period of activity I find the breaks that sometimes occur can be deflating. “What’s next?”, always comes to mind after an exhibition or a big project, and I can find myself adrift. The exhibition Assembly Lines opened on October 22, at the Confederation Centre Of The Arts, and it was an exciting time for me. But as with all exhibitions there is always a bit of a crash afterwards, and I find myself thinking, “okay now what?’
I find it always helps to start work on another project. Just jump right back in and see what happens. I decided to apply for an artists grant, and that’s kept me busy all week. I’ve received support from The Prince Edward Island Council Of The Arts in the past, and with those grants I feel I’ve been able to mature as an artist. The Prince Edward Island Council Of The Arts support has meant that I’ve been able to focus on my work, and go in directions I’ve always wanted to explore.
What’s next? I guess I have to keep on working, and I have to apply for some more shows. I have the work and materials, so I’ll be putting stuff together to send off to artist run centres in the region. I’d like to work with a curator again, and I found the experience very rewarding. So…back to work.
Studio In October.