Hello people and thanks for stopping in to look at my blog.
I am at my mother's house in Hartford at the moment and have a quiet moment to post this finally.
Firstly, I didn't take nearly enough pictures in New York last week. I really should have but everything went by so quickly and was kind of hectic. However I did get a moment to take a few new pictures of textures and think of a new piece I want to do. I understand that the pictures of peeling paint and rust might not thrill everyone, but for me and what I do, they are very useful. I see peeling paint as peeling skin on a new character or a water damage rust stain as some cheekbone definition on a new drawing. I absolutely LOVE textures and things with an aged look and New York is absolutely FILLED with them. Even aside from using it for my art I really just love looking at buildings, walls, bridges with a little character. Here are a few examples of that as well as just a few of my favorite places :) such as Katz's and Billy's Antiques & Props. :)
The Art Show
The Art show was a great success in my opinion. There was so much traffic through Niagara and a lot of people that seemed really interested in it. I unloaded about 100 business cards just hanging them in an envelope on the wall next to my art. I spent a lot of time talking to new people and a couple of older friends that came :) it was such a rush and very reassuring.Bellow are the pictures from the how. Like I said I really didn't take enough pictures but it was such a whirlwind that it was over really quickly.
Art Scene Support
East Coast VS. West Coast
More specifically. New York Vs. Seattle. I did tell a few people, including the Visual Arts Northwest Group on facebook that I wanted to kind of "take notes" on their artist networking and overall scene while I was out here and I have come to some conclusions. Now keep in mind these are observations over a short period of time with a select group in a select area in comparison to what I FEEL about Seattle. Time to get on with it I guess.....
2 words, Support System.
The support system seemed to be in the artist group I worked with out there, about ART more than networking. They had a real clear idea of the kind of message they want to convey and they were interested in supporting Antagonist Arts and their scene more than what might be considered "networking" you meet me, I meet you, maybe you will introduce me to someone who cares about me.....didn't seem to be a lot of that, more so people just going out and looking into sights and sounds that THEY appreciate and enjoy and probably a big reason they endure the kind of challenges you run into living in New York. Because of that I consider it a much more SOLID support system for the arts.
Another impression I got was a much more interactive one. People felt really comfortable coming up to you and saying "hey did you do this? wow I really love it and here's what I love about it" and really enjoy having a conversation without sending the wrong impression or worried they might be stepping on someone's toes. Just a good fun talk about the art. People REALLY looked like they enjoyed it opposed to making it a pissing contest or feeling like talking about the art might be too interactive.
Now obviously I'm not talking about ALL of Seattle and there are some great people there and artists as well as some mutual support, but I do think we could benefit a bit from a more goal oriented art scene developed and supported by numerous individuals as well as a more interactive environment where everyone can make an effort because they love art, not because they love their friend's art or want someone to love their art but because they are passionate and interested.
Hopefully I came across like I wanted to on that one and that it's something not only I, but others can start trying to integrate and I promise to try and listen to my own advice as well :)
Thanks again guys for reading. June! look out Oakland! Here I come :)
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