Gotta Show the Stuff

Gotta Show the Stuff

January 30, 2016 8:15am

So a current challenge of relaunching my art career is finding venues to show my work. Most artitsts work towards solo exhibitions in well known galleries, me included, but it’s no easy task to get your work shown. It’s one of those catch 22s that you need to have had your work shown and validated before you can have hope to have your work shown and validated by them. i was once misinterpreted in an interview and the quoted as saying that I didn’t see my work being in a gallery. What I had tried to explain is that becuase of the multifarious nature of my art, I know that I have an added challenge to being represented by galleries. It makes sense. Private galleries are in the business of selling art. It’s easier to sell art when it has a following and in order to gain a following, an artist usually paints aethetically similar pieces and it attracts collectors that take to that style.

Another arguement by art critics is that an aritst should have a style or they haven’t really honed their crarft of maybe don’t really understand themselves. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I can’t speak for all artists on this matter but I can definitely speak for myself. I’m willing to have people not really get me if it means that I can create what I’m moved to create without misguided direction or commercial coersion. It just means I’m going to have to work harder at self-reprentation and I’m willing to put the work in. Another way of looking at it is that I will have different groups of people interested in different styles of my art and that is pretty cool. When it comes to the celebration of creativity, the more the merrier.

Sooooo…

I did some research to see what local venues I could show my work. Previously when I launched my career, I showed at two local libraries so I thought that would be a good place to start. I went to the White Rock Public Library because I have also been looking at that city in terms of their art council and boardwalk artist program. White Rock seems to be a really cool art city and it’s part of the Fraser Valley so it makes sense. So yay, I got my first showing scheduled.

April 13, 2016

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