Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This upcoming Friday is the opening for Self-Similar, the group show I mentioned in my last life update post.

240 N. Broadway St.
Friday July 24th 6-10 pm (<--This will be the fun night.)
Saturday July 25 & Sunday July 26 12-4 pm

I'll be showing the work I've been making for the past year, the body of Constellations. I've titled it (the body of work as a whole) Evidence of Something. Developing a body of work outside of school has been one of the biggest challenges post graduation, and it's also been the most rewarding. I'm working on a statement for Self-Similar, and one of the lines reads, "We make art because we can’t not make it. We’ve pushed forward because we don’t know any other way." And that's definitely true for me. There have been many times I've wanted to just give up on this work. A lot of nights and mornings and afternoons at my desk where I was thinking it was all a waste, that it was stupid, that it didn't matter. But I kept making it because I didn't know what else to do with myself. This is who I am. I kept at it because I wanted to, for the simple joy of arranging images that were burned into my memory, or images that were forgotten and found again. And for the hours spent in the print lab watching images come into the world. But mostly because, this is the only road in front of me.

For the past few months I’ve been meeting with a group of artists (who happen to be my good friends) for monthly critiques. The dialogue at these crits has been such a drive to continue making art. And the coming together of the five of us is the biggest reason for this show. We've planned it and put it on ourselves. No curator. No lighting person. No install team. Just us.

The show feels like a big deal. For me, it's the first time this work is going out into the world in an intentional way. That's a huge thing! It's not a fancy gallery. It's not a solo show. Likely the people who will be there will know and love us. But, still, it's a show. People will look at the work and talk about it. These pieces will be on the wall. For a weekend, they'll have that validation. They'll become bigger than me, this tiny white box, my thoughts rung around my head. In short, they'll be real.

If you're in Portland, you silent blog readers, please come. There will be wine, and there will be music, and there will be so much art that needs eyes to look at it.

1 comment :

  1. Too bad I am in Europe. I would love to see :D


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