Artist’s should blog! Or so I’m told… or is that I’ve read? Certainly many Artists do. But it can be difficult to know what to write!…And some days you just don’t want to! – I might have mentioned that before. So, do you try something new? It can be really hard to come up with new ideas for blog posts. Especially when you’d rather paint! Best to leave that to a day when you’re on fire! Do I blog about what’s irritating me? Chances are 90% of the blog posts will be identical and bad. And you won’t be giving people something new. The odd rant is OK but readers might get bored with rants! Although some bloggers develop a very successful blog with skilled ranting. Successful ranting really depends on your style. And it opens up discussion. Which is good! Revisiting an old bl0g post then? As you learn your ideas and understandings change. Revisiting a post can be energising.(We’ll ignore the demoralising if nothing’s changed, shall we?) Whatever option you choose, regular writing and reading is the key. Like any art form, practice improves your skills. And sometimes you need to rethink you’re options and mix things up! […]
The Turner Prize Courts controversy. This years winner Martin Boyce has again been greeted with the usual disdain. The Guardian‘s Jonathan Jones argues the case for George Shaw (above)- another of the 4 contenders. And I’m inclined to agree with him. Although I quite like Martin Boyce’s work, George Shaw’s gritty creations would be lauded if he worked in other media such as television or written word. But not the visual arts! I wonder. Why? The truth is controversy sells, the more controversial the piece the more likely it will be snapped up by some wealthy individual aiming to make a statement. Or so it appears to the outsider. But I wonder if people who buy such works actually like them? Or are just interested in the status? I’m reading a book called “The $12,000,000 stuffed shark” by Don Thompson. The book looks at the high end Contemporary Art Market and it’s clear that this high monetary value has little or no correlation with the quality or, some would argue, importance of the artwork. Quoting Jerry Saltz of The Village Voice, Don strikes a chord:- 85% of new contemporary art is bad. But experts disagree on which art it is. […]
Sometimes in life you have to take risks! Well? I’ve gone and done something really Big and Scary! Well, it is for me. I’m organising an exhibition in Oxford to Coincide with Oxford Artweeks! Why? I need to raise my game and find more exhibition opportunities. Or create them! So, when I received an email from Oxon Artweeks mentioning possible venues. I investigated. Finding a venue in Oxford City Centre. But Realising it’s too big for me to do alone. I approached my neighbour. He’s a photographer keen on organising something. We decided to team up. Realising if we enlist 10 more artists… An Exhibition it is a distinct possibilty… So, several emails and phonecalls later, the hall and exhibition boards are booked. Now I’m looking for 10 more people to join us. And the Roller Coaster ride is off! Will it be scary or thrilling? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it should be interesting… Watch here and find out!
There’s a phrase in the business world. Failure to plan means planning to fail. Whatever it is you’re doing, it will always work better if some planning and thought has gone into it. Not one of my strengths but I’m learning, the hard way. This week I’ve been finalising plans for my exhibition. During the process I’ve realised a few things. If like me, organisation is not your strong point. I’ve put together a list of things to note for next time. Get Help: Initially I felt overwhelmed! Unsure where to start. I was fortunate to have a friend who’s run several exhibitions, so knows what to do. Decide how many spaces you have and what size pictures will fit. Do it early on. I have space for 45 pictures! – I’ve counted. I needed to paint some more! How will you hang? I’m not exhibiting in a gallery so there are all sorts of wall furniture which can impede, not to mention windows. There are numerous options for hanging from simple picture hooks to elabourate Hanging kits with wire and hooks. Plan the hang. 45 images cannot be slapped on the walls without thought. Firstly I needed to ensure […]
Setting up any exhibition can be a daunting prospect. Especially the first time, right? Which is why it’s important to take part in a few group exhibitions before engaging in you first one! It’s a great opportunity to see how hanging an exhibition works. I’d heartily recommend taking part in one, if you can. There’s so much to consider. Today, I’ve been the setting up an Exhibition with Bafa at Stowe House. A marvelous setting and all very grand. But, as usual with these events, there’s a lot of work involved. I thought I’d share some valuable lessons I’ve learned. Such as… The secret to success is always good planning, but you also have to be prepared for the unexpected. This time we ended up completely repainting the display boards instead of touching them up as we usually do. All because the wrong colour paint was obtained. Result = more than 2 hours extra setting up time! Study the Venue Size, shape height, lighting, window spaces. I recently learned that galleries actually create scale models with miniature copies of the art so they can decide before they get all the pictures in! There will be specific issues unique to the […]
Like many artists, self promotion is not something that comes easy to me! Marketing is part of the business like approach we discussed last week. The Artist’s statement is a key part of this process. But for me it’s been an ongoing battle. Initially, I sat down over 2-3 weeks and wrote down various thoughts on what my work is about. I then tried to condense these ideas into a single manageable statement. Aiming for 2-3 small paragraphs! Numerous rewrites and tinkerings later… it just wasn’t working! I’d veer from being over analytical to frothy. And some of my links were tenuous at best… So I started asking myself questions. “What is an artist’s statement anyway?” “What do I want to achieve?” “Am I selling myself or the artworks to the general public?” This helped but still no Cigar! The problem was I was trying to fit my different styles into one global, cohesive statement. Deciding what to ditch and what to keep… To be honest, it was making my head hurt! Salvation finally came this week. After looking at the questions above, I decided to research a little more. As I was listening to a podcast on Artist’s statements, […]