And now I’m off to rouse the crew for a post-show tradition: enormously unhealthy breakfasts slathered in gravy.
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So, as many of you might be aware, Saturday evening was the closing reception for my show “We Search For Another.” And, it was something of a big deal for me. It was my first solo showing, if you don’t count “…And Sometimes They Opened Galleries,” which you shouldn’t because that was thesis work. And, it was my first proper series of paintings (although to credit my reputation, it didn’t start that way.) So, it was really a lot of impressiveness all around. The show, which was made of 11 pieces (with one not hung), was of course an exploration of the dynamics of relationships, identity, love, abandonment, leaving, yadda yadda. On some level, it was serious stuff.
On the other level, it was me, as many people who paid attention the flippant, sarcastic, or otherwise meta titles commented. Serious stuff is absolutely no time to take yourself seriously.
“Naught But An Odd Tree” was a runaway success, though somewhat bittersweet for me (given that it was painted after a fight with my now-ex girlfriend). It was complimented at the reception by the introduction of “Nothing To Say And Everything To Lose,” a fairly sizable piece (pictured there beside me, in prog pics still coming, I promise.) And, I sold a piece, so all’s good there.
Jennifer at MEA was a pleasure to work with, which is something I hope to do more often with the impending return of Grimey Studios. Quite a handful of wonderful people, family and friends, made it out, and thanks to them all for that.
I have mixed thoughts about a restaurant gallery. On the negative side, business has to take precedence, so space, lighting, and foot room are all a bit questionable. On the other hand, the removal of the artwork from the foreground to the background leads to people spending way more time staring at it (I know I’m guilty of cruising through galleries, but I can spend a half hour drinking a good beer.) And that’s good, good art you have to live with and it unfolds a bit for you. Thanks Scott, for teaching me that.
Why do you choose the different mediums you do for the different ideas?
When I was talking with buddy Phil’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend, I mentioned that I was going to spend some more time doing photo, and that I do different work in painting than I do in photo. And, the girlfriend who’s name I have apparently forgotten, had the wherewithal to ask me how it is I choose a different medium, and that seemed worth revisiting.
My first solo exhibit, We Search For Another closed yesterday. I’ve got shots of the development of the final piece for it, the rather sizable work titled “Nothing to Say and Everything to Lose” that I’ll put up Tuesday, I just realized in my rush to get it to the show I didn’t get a shot of it in its final state. I’ll do a proper write-up on it tomorrow, but for tonight, hey, lookit me there!
C’mon Zed, sulk a bit more, I know you can do it!
I’ll be at Urban Element the full time, from 6-10pm this evening. I’m bringing a surprise for the closing with me, the second largest painting I’ve ever done. There’ll be general lounging, boozing, and ample opportunities to mug me and make me awkwardly discuss the complex themes behind a guy staring at a girl’s butt from 6-8ish.
From 8-10ish we’ll be settling in for some dinner, and MEA requests that you all put in reservations with Urban Element and stay for that bit, because it’s what lets them keep doing shows like mine. So, that’s now my recommendation too, obviously. Lotsa cool kids will be there.
So, don’t miss this chance to come out and see my work, because after this I’ll disappear into my hole for a while. I’ve got a site redesign, a charter, and a few photo series to get done. Bluh. This is the night out, so come out and make it groovy.
My first exhibited collection, “We Search For Another,” is now hanging at Urban Element, downtown Indianapolis. There are currently 9 works hanging, I believe. I opted to leave “Cockatiel Attacks!” for space and unity purposes. The other 10 works were hung, but I had to take “Vanity Affair” down for various concerns on the host’s part. I’ll be working this weekend on a brand-new painting to fill the whole left on the wall y this omission, and you should be able to see that starting next Thursday.
The reception for the show has been finalized, and it’s more of a closing reception. It’ll be Saturday March, 20 from 6-10pm. Cocktails and drinks from 6-8, dinner from 8 onwards. No band in the final roster, just me. If you’re staying for dinner, Urban Element asks that you RSVP through their site, which is here:
If you’re planning to come at all, you should say so on MEA’s Facebook event page here:
I want to thank MEA and Jennifer Parker, my family, my good misters Henry and Brustkern, Lynn, Dawn, Jody, Kristin, Grace, and many others for helping me along or simply putting up with me and making this happen. Oh, and I better damn well see you all in person there. I don’t bite! Often… Anymore… really…