Friday, January 29, 2010

Football and Art?

Bet you thought you'd never read a headline like that on my blog... hehehehe.  Well the only reason I post this is because I just found out about the art bet between the directors of art museums in Indianapolis and New Orleans!  I guess those are the cities where the Stupid Bowl, er Super Bowl is taking place.  Can you tell I'm not a sports fan?  I don't know why that came to be as my mom was a big sports nut and so is my baby brother.... hmmm ... let me think a little longer on that one.

Well you can thank Twitter for my recent education.  And you thought it was only a time wasting portal on the web; a place to go to avoid work.  Well it's all that and more.  To be specific I need to give a BIG shout-out to Tyler Green and his Modern Art Notes blog.  He makes some very salient points about the idiotic musings of the sports reporters that he's read/listened to/seen (that covers print, web, radio and TV).

As for moi... got some very good news today from Tangent Gallery!  Both of my submissions to their February Love to Hate show were accepted!  Sorry I won't be there for 2nd Sat.  I have to be down in Monterey to be in a small short film that weekend.  But here is one of the pieces called Sexual Mystery #3.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Get Your PR On

Right.  This sounds like a title for my other blog that deals with PR, but it's not.  This post is about how to get your work out there and how to approach galleries, especially those in New York.  Since that is one of my future goals, I was surprised to learn that one of the PR techniques I was using is a complete no-no!  I've been sending out my art show post cards to other galleries that I had hoped would notice me.

In the post at the Artsy Shark blog by guest blogger Rhonda Schaller, an artist, gallerist, and the Assistant Director of Career Development at New York’s School of Visual Arts, she says:
"Stop sending unsolicited jpegs and slides to hundreds of galleries that you do not know. Stop sending unsolicited emails with jpegs. Stop sending unsolicited packets in the mail. Stop going into galleries with a CD or your portfolio in hand and asking them to look at it, and being insulted when they say no. STOP. STOP. STOP."

OK, I didn't send packets or emails, but there were those postcards, which hopefully got recycled.  So click on the link and get the best advise that I've seen in ages about managing your career as an artist.  Special thanks to Carolyn Edlund,who is on one of my Linked-In groups for posting this!

Now, for your art of the day, may I present "Ghost Horse Colorado"

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Big Shout Out to 1st Angel - AKA Elizabeth Edwards, who blogs from Manchester, UK.  She's got a great newly designed site on which she interviews (via email) different artists.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed and published there I think about two years ago.

Go one over and have a look... it features some photos from our trip to Joshua Tree National park and my "Atlanta After the Tornado" mixed media piece.

And my random camera phone photo is called Moon Sliver at Sunset.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Critics vs Bloggers?

Or are they one in the same?  Interesting article at Sharon Butler's Two Coats of Paint blog after a round table discussion in New York with Big Apple Art Bloggers.  One of those in attendance was New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz, who apparently blogged about the subject himself saying that art critiques on blogs are fast becoming the new "thing". 

Butler reports that Saltz advised the up and coming critics to plainly state why or why not they like or dislike a piece of work.  He went on to say that sometimes in reading a critic, one can't tell what the person is thinking about the work!  Perhaps that's one of the reasons I never re-subscribed to Art Forum.  Their reviews seemed to be to be a collage of "art speak" (usually generated by higher degrees from art schools) and art history.  To me it appeared that none of these writers had ever been journalists writing for any kind of mainstream publications.  They were speaking to a rarified elite it seemed.  I used to be a theatre critic at the PBS station  here in town years ago.  I don't do that anymore as they were unwilling to give me a few more shekels for my time and expertise.

Of course, it could just be me.  I had a hard time finishing my lowly BA (theatre-communications) because I had done news writing for so long the MLA handbook and rules on writing university essays drove me nuts.  I even had the audacity to put in a few jokes (told by my evil twin Skippy).  I figured the only reason I got a good grade was because maybe the professor was reading late at night and had her defenses down and laughed at the  jokes.

It's ironic that mainstream writing for critiques appeals to me as I am one of the most non-mainstream writers of plays and performance pieces.  But in working in a theatrical environment you have other elements - like the set, lighting, perhaps video - that can give an audience information.  When you're just writing, it's just the marks that we recognize as letters forming words on the paper or the computer screen. 

Special thanks to Paddy Johnson over at Art Fag City for her tweet about Butler's article and blog... didn't know what the hell I was going to post today! 

Speaking of things theatrical, I've been cast in a small film that will be shot in Monterey next month and am off to do a reading of a feature length script called For the Love of Ivy by John Wagner.  It's a bi-racial love story set in the South of the 1950s, but bracketed in the present day with the central character as a old woman who then flashes back on her life.

And for your dining and dancing enjoyment right now, here's another in my series of digital floral woodcuts - The Pink Lotus

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Time Marches On in Merry London Town

London's Victoria and Albert Museum or the V & A, as they say at the BBC, has long been the bastion of the decorative side of the arts in England.  It's the place for furniture, ceramics, glass, clothing of many eras.  But now, they have stepped out of the rarified world of old objects into the digital age!  I kid you not.  The V&A is now hosting a digital art show.  But after reading both the V&A info and the little piece by the BBC, I have to ask myself if it's really art, or just decorative software.

Although I am a digital artist, I don't have the programming skills to do the sort of work that the V&A is showing.  However I do use fractals, which are based on algorithms - math.  To the left is a design for a CD cover I'm working on for digital percussionist and looping artist extraordinaire, Mike Crain.  

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Is Painting Dead?

Isn't that what just about every looking forward article about the future of the art world asks?  Guess I'm in a cynical mood this morning.  But it's always interesting to take a peek at what the other critical blogs have to say about the year that was or the decade that was....

Say you want a British perspective, well here you GO ...

How about a New York perspective, count on Paddy Johnson at Art Fag City here ...  I'm going on a hunt later today for other art bloggers in different geographic areas across our fair land, and then see if we can get an international perspective as well.  Got some thoughts on the matter?  Please post them as comments and I'll put them in the next post!

Here's an older work that incorporates poetry...

It's called Ghost Portals