Another opening, another time... 1993
Been receiving interesting comments regarding pros and cons of openings and thought I'd elaborate a bit more on my take, based on my own experiences. I think it's been well established that during this last decade I've become much less the social butterfly and much more the recluse. I don't think this is a bad thing, it's part of our personal evolution... we change with time and that's a fact. But I digress... that's not what the subject line is about.
I believe there is nothing like a good solid deadline to really challenge an artist. The promise of a solo or featured show means responsibility to be the best you can be... no shortcuts, no mistakes. Not only does each piece need to be special... you must compose the whole show so it is cohesive and makes a strong statement. You will not be taken seriously as an artist until you can create a body of work that fills this criteria... on command.
Until the web entered our lives, it was important that artists establish themselves in regional art centers so that their work could become known and judged. If successful (and lucky) enough, they could move on to larger art centers and eventually, the Big Art Apple. Naturally, I'm not talking about the super stars who are hand picked from the throngs, I'm talking about the throngs... you and me and all the rest.
Today, the center of the art world is everywhere. Thanks to our websites, our blogs and our links... Google can sort us out and serve us up with a quick click. We can show our faces... or not. We can hold our own solo shows with just the basic knowledge of HTML... or less. We can converse with each other... and maybe even a few potential buyers (who aren't even from Nigeria.) But... we can't create the same impression that a well established gallery can offer. It's a validation that is hard to find elsewhere. Maybe that's changing... everything else is. Maybe, like some are saying, big art fairs will take the place of brick and mortar galleries. It should be interesting to watch, and with the web at our fingertips, we can.
"We all want to be wanted." A variation on a recent comment, stating that I was sure to sign up for the next offering of a solo show. But I don't think so. I won't swear to it, I just don't want to work that hard preparing, nor do I want to carry the whole shebang on my shoulders. The thrill has been thoroughly enjoyed, many times over. More and more galleries are offering two and three person shows as a regular venue... that seems to make more sense to me anyway.
Openings are very often 'party time' where friends meet and greet. If it's a crowd scene, even a small crowd, viewing the art itself is secondary. I nearly always see gallery shows after the opening, only showing up for the party if it's a close friend.
***Note from gallery, they're rockin' ! Had a big crowd, much interest, several sold and more going out on approval on Monday! WooHoo!
***Poison Ivy not getting better, even spreading. If no improvement by Monday, will seek outside help. Coffee rubs still soothe as well as anything.