Throughout this semester I have a had a hard time staying motivated and positive. I have to make things my brain doesn't function without having a project at all times. But I realized something when I read the midterm evaluation. There is a question about if I understand my place in the art world (or something to that effect). I kinda laugh when I read that because I just never felt like I was of that caliber to ever be in a museum or a real gallery. Well regardless I feel after going to art Chicago that there is a place for me. There are tons of artist represented by tons of galleries in tons of markets. I have some new goals stirring around in my head.... but it all boils down to making work and trusting my instincts. Too bad I didn't have this epiphany in February.
PBR ME PDQ....
Ben Sloat's (a prof at AIB) painting.
An artist I talked to was named Rogelio Manzo.
http://www.manzoartworks.com/frames/Frameset-1A.htm He uses digital transfers on resin panels with oil painting.
I absolutely love his layering techniques and treatment of flesh with the oil paint. Hunting down some resin panels asap!
I also attended a talk, (which was the subject of my 4th paper), by the editor of New American Paintings Evan Garza. The topic was Beyond the Stretcher: Breaking Down Spatial Limitations in Contemporary Painting.
It was really good. I will post my paper after it is reviewed.
As part of my semester plan I was suggested to find images that represent what kind of mark making and art making I like. I have been saving pictures to my computer but i think that i would like to create a digital album with websites and notes about these artist.... trying to find the best platform to do this. I think i would like it to be web based so that i can access it from everywhere.... i have looked into photobucket, flickr, shutterfly and picasa. I just want to be able to add more information/captions.
I spent the rest of the weekend working in the studio... I have several ideas but the medium i want to use or feel would be best to describe the piece doesn't seem to cooperate.... I have about 7 projects that I have been working on for the past month....started and just can't seem to tie them up.... they just aren't clicking together and feel very forced.
I am hoping may brings better things.... April was really really really rough. Thanks for all the support. It means a lot to know that people are in my corner. I am using the new month as a chance to clean the slate.
Good night kids.