I was fortunate enough to get to meet local artist Dawn Patel and she invited me to hang some of my art work at the Luna Gallery. I decided to make some new pieces, as I often like to do for each new show. This way attendees get to be the first ones to see them.
I made three more etchings and one new assemblage box. It took me a few days to make the etchings and about six days to make the box.
I try to not let too much be shown in the digital format, such as here on this website. My intention is to have the viewing of this artwork be a real, physical and textural experience. That is one reason that I choose printmaking as a medium, because they look so different when in person and the work can be intimate with the viewer. That’s also why only a sampling is shown.
I am considering selling giclée prints though, as I have some poor lucky selling the original works. Though they get a lot of views and “likes” the sales are dismal. My thought is that the price is too high. Though the idea giclée prints has been less tasteful to me than original works and authentic experiences, I also want to survive as a working artist with out bending my principles too far backwards. I wanted to be part of the change I want to see in the world, and be ahead of a trend that I wanted to happen; that being people will start searching for an authentic life to replace the fast-paced, herd-mentality that seems to be growing for better, or for worse. The solution, I thought, would be original, thoughtful works of art to be part of people’s lives, and also outdoor/nature experience that were less cultivated than the shopping mall/sub-development habitations that cause me dread for some reason.
What you think about this? Should I make giclée prints? to sell at far lesser prices than the original works? I will not stop making original works of course, I just want to know if that would be “selling out”.
The last few paragraphs were a digression from the exhibit. Anyway, I would love for people to visit the work in person and if you go and would like to meet up over a Luna coffee to talk about art and life, I would be delighted.
Here are some more photos from the exhibit.
Finally, I wanted to include my artist statement for the show. I am constantly tweaking it for each new exhibit. I would like to know what you think
I recently had the chance to come back to my hometown after being away for a few years, which allowed me to pause and contemplate my boyhood nostalgia. Many of the sights and sounds of this place has triggered deep and specific memories, but now that my childhood farmstead has been sold off, I cannot not go back to the physical place that offered me inspiration as a child, and which informs much of what I do as an adult.
This current body of prints and paper tole, and perhaps the entire scope of my work, is my own terra incognita fantasy realm to re-create and perpetuate the adventures of my youth, yet also consider the destruction of farmlands through progress and development, the busy-ness of our culture, the lack of reflection upon agriculture, and other cultural vexations.
Each work is a map that navigates my yet-to-be-named terra incognita, in elegy to comfort the pain of nostalgia. The inability to “go back” strengthens both the fantasy and the myth.