WHHHAAAAaaat’s Going On?

October 17, 2013

Hey guys,

I’ve taken a break from posting for a while it seems.  Last time i was actively posting was at the end of May it looks like.  I put the drawing every day thing to rest for a number of reasons.  The summer was pretty wild.  I got married to my best friend which is just awesome, and it’s crazy to think that in a couple weeks we’ll have been married for half a year already! Jeez!

The summer was a great one.

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In August, after setting some big goals in the distant (but not too distant) future, with high expectations and a lot of work ahead of us to make it happen, i got more and more creative tingles that just needed to be addressed.  I’ve been making more woodcuts, drawings, started some larger “paintings”, created a silkscreen flyer.  In the coming months i’ll submitting to shows and auctions and having my first solo show ever at the start of the new year.

Erica and i took a trip out to NYC to hop around some galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood last weekend.  It had been a while since we had the chance to do this and our last trip to see the disappointing, alienating Whitney Biennial in May of 2012.  So, we walked around saw some art, some some price sheets that just made me laugh.  $20,000 for a painting?  Who are these for?  I mean, this isn’t news to me; i’ve known that that art world is an expensive place for expensive tastes, but i got to thinking about it more in relation to my expectations on becoming a working artist.  At the beginning of 2013, when i made the moves to really start putting my art first, to try and make it my sole source of income (as an end result), but i’ve never really explored what my options are.  No way do i want to have my art represented by galleries that need to meet those kinds of margins.  I don’t want my art in an institution backed by corporate sponsorship.  What are my choices as an artist if i keep these ideals?

So, this is where i’m at.  I’m selling my art for really cheap currently and i’m constantly being told i’m “selling myself short”.  I mean, i get it, this is a huge investment of my time and i should ask for more because i put a lot of myself into this work.  However, i refuse to accept that i can’t be taken seriously because i only have one zero in my prices.  When i think about how much would i buy a painting for, and i think about the art i’ve bought and realize that the most expensive piece of art i’ve bought was on sale at $80.  My audience are my peers and that’s how i prefer it currently.  I draw most of my inspiration from them and i want it to be affordable to them when health insurance barely is.

I don’t really dig the ego-centric path of being an artist, but that’s all i’ve got so far.  I look forward more to building a dialogue with other artists and helping to build a community where we can do something more with our talents.  How i want to be a part of that will be an ongoing investigation.  I want to be part of a force that helps keep art relevant to our lives.