GETTING READY FOR AN ART SHOW
Attending art openings can be fun. There are snacks, wine, music, people to shmoos with, and most importantly (hopefully), interesting artwork to peruse and even purchase. Unless you’ve gone through it, the average attendee isn’t aware of what goes into this to prepare.
For me, having a solo show started in the obvious place, creating the artwork. I’ve been playing with photography, montages, and paint for years, going through different stages and always exploring new techniques. Each collection of images was a total immersion experience for me, starting with inspiration, to exploration, to execution of my ideas, creating variations until I played it out. Since I work digitally, the images mostly lived in the cloud, occasionally getting printed for a show. I’ve gone through phases of geometric designs, fantasy landscapes, jazz, and currently, connections, a group of images that show connections between people, shapes, and structures.
Here’s an example from each phase, and I think you can see the progression.
Looking for a gallery was my next challenge. My artwork, like me, can’t be easily categorized, and sometimes people don’t know what to make of it. Is it photography? Photography purists say no. I even had one influential curator in Boston suggest that I was merely using filters. Wrong. Living in what appears to be the plein air capital of the world, understandably, a lot of New England galleries want to show what sells here which are abstracted or traditional landscapes, or pure abstracts. I am interested in images that are abstracted yet have subject matter, but mostly still have a street photographer’s eye for the human condition. So, I decided to have a show on my own.
Then panic set in. My website was a mess and I wanted to rebrand everything before even designing my invitations. I got busy. First, I started with a new logo, revamped my website, and business cards which I felt were less specific to the current phase I was going through but were more sophisticated. Next came invitations. Once they arrived, I the mail and I began to hand them out, I was committed.
Once the images were printed, I hung the show and it is now available by appointment.
Just contact me for a personal showing.