Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pine Rivers Window Gallery

As a recipient of a merit award in last years Moreton Bay Region Art Awards I was invited to display some work alongside winners James and Eleanor Avery in the Pine Rivers Art Gallery "Window Gallery" for the duration of this years awards. I was introduced to James and Eleanor at the opening last year by my painting tutor Nameer Davis and I've had the great fortune to chat with them both on several occasions since then and found them to be wonderfully open and approachable people. As well as that I was invited to supply a brief article for this year's catalogue which made it doubly exciting. And that leaves me wondering why I didn't enter anything this year!

The call for entries was on while I was deep in prep for my Caboolture exhibition and unsure (or just speculatively hopeful) about what opportunities that show might bring, I was reluctant to commit any pieces from it until it was over. So of course I missed the deadline. 

Note to future self, what MIGHT happen tomorrow is not necessarily what WILL happen so don't let it overly influence the choices you make today.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tablet - Pig Human

I knocked out this small piece a few weeks ago. It's an extension of the idea of reverse anthropomorphism expressed in my other pig work. I wasn't sure about how to mount it or really about IT in general but when I placed it on this wooden tablet my BFAM Andrew made, I felt it became quite resolved. There's a connection between selfishness and modern devices that I'm sure isn't too impenetrably expressed in this work.

So I submitted it to the Deakin Uni Small Sculpture Award in Victoria and though it was always a bit of a speculator, I'd genuinely started to believe it would be accepted. Then of course it wasn't. So I suppose I'm a bit disappointed, though I'm sure I don't have any real reason to have expected anything at all. Rejection is an inevitable and recurring occurrence in this game, Particularly in the early stages, which is where I'm at. 

I read somewhere, one artists approach to being judged, "Any selection process is more about where the selector's AT as an artist, curator, critic, judge, than it is about what YOU are doing as an artist. Don't accept rejection as a negative indictment of your work. It just wasn't right for that person at that time in that place where THEY'RE at."

Slightly self delusional maybe but it works in both directions. If your work is occasionally praised, it may be that the praise is more about where the admirer's at as an artist, curator, critic, judge, than it is about what you are doing as an artist.

What's the moral of the story? Keep on working, keep on submitting work to competitions, keep on having ideas and keep on making stuff. But most of all, keep on doing what feels right to you.