Thursday, February 01, 2007

No paintbrushes....just a keyboard....

I've been at the computer constantly, creating a postcard image, press release and other documents for my group show in May. The show is "9 North" and is comprised of nine multi-media artists that I've sought out and invited. Last summer, I began to realize how good many of the multi-media artists are in AK and wanted to collect them together as well as show with them. In art exhibits, I am constantly applying to other group shows, competitions, etc., yet creating my own shows with others has become a very good resource----and additional lines on my art resume. This image above is the color version of the aspect of each artist's work.

Here is one final draft of the postcard. I am now thinking of changing the text element completely. It's just too----simple. Not sophisticated enough. Plus, I hate having to cover up some of the images. The artists in the show are John Barton, Annie Duffy, Don Kauss, moi, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Tina Shih, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Don Mohr and Nancy Burnham.

The challenge in getting this show together is getting all of the documents, images and information from each artist and being able to compile them in a comprehensive manner. It's forcing me to be uber-organized, as well as very communicative and very diplomatic and professional. All good qualities.

I got this in the mail yesterday....the catalog for the exhibit my birch bark hats were rejected from. Are they trying to rub it in? Force me to remember how painful it was to be rejected? Of course not.....but in looking through this catalog, it all came back.

Perhaps I am fortunate as an artist, that I have not had to deal with this severely painful variety of rejection that often (so far). This circumstance was special for me----the effort and love and care I put into those hats! I really built up my expectations for the show.....I was utterly and totally convinced that they'd be accepted and that EVERYONE would love them, blah, blah, blah. When I got the letter informing me that they hadn't been chosen for the exhibit, I read the letter three times....I was sitting in my car outside the post office...before I could really get it through my thick skull that my whole fantasy for their success had just crashed. Even looking at the catalog now, I feel some sadness and pain.

Frommage asked me if anyone who could appreciate them had seen them.....and I realized that no, no one who knows anything about bark has looked at them.....I should remedy this and get a second opinion.

There are two bark baskets in the exhibit, though! Rough, unpeeled bark with hand dyed sinew and spruce roots. They look nice.......but not as nice as my hats....gotta say.

So, just to revisit some old glory, and to show new readers what the hell I am talking about, here is one of the hats, the "Leaf Hat." Sometimes I get them out of the closet and just hold them and look at them....and feel sad.

It's the risk that aritst's take---to pour our best selves into a creation and send it out into the world. Whatever happens to it, we feel the repercussions intensely.

Someday, I vow, I will have these hats travel out into the world with success and appreciation. I just have to find the right place.... Posted by Picasa


bugheart said...

i don't know
about putting
test on the front...
you squish them
up or down
a bit and put
the text
on a black
seems a shame
to cover
anyone's work up.

congrats on
another show!

ms. pea said...

it's good to get rejected. if you aren't getting rejected, you're not getting out enough! of course, being accepted is damned fine as well. congrats on your new show!

Jill said...

Those are great!

I wanted to say thanks for sending the bivy. I'll let you know when it arrives.

- Jill

Philip said...

It's easy for me to say but I don't think rejection means anything. When I work, I do all the work for me in the sense I don't care too much whether anyone likes it or not. Some people love my work, some are indifferent to it and some hate it. I think it's like this for every artist really. The only important thing is continue to believe in yourself and carry on regardless. It's easier said than done I know.

Lili said...

Screw them! Your hats are awesome and will get into another show somewhere else. You know that a lot of that show is who you are (which is small town politics) and not necessarily what you do.