Here's an opportunity for the artists and art students reading this: an upcoming juried show at Visual Arts Mississauga (in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
Some weeks ago Annis Karpenko, the excellent Executive Director there, approached me about co-jurying with her, which sounded like more fun than a jurying gig would normally be (she and I enjoy each other's company!) though I actually really like to jury at least once a year.
It's a stimulating and interesting challenge, to look at a large collection of submitted work, get a sense of them as a whole and then go through and select what seems to be the best representation, within the constraints specified by the organizing group.
It can be hard to get this just right, because the number of pieces permitted don't always coincide with the number I would like to accept, and in a number of other ways the decision making is complex. But that is precisely why it's interesting.
Some broad categories of issues are considered: medium, materials, subject, concept, design/composition, artistic thinking or point of view, technical proficiency, creativity.
It is crucial to remember that in art, our ideas and imagination, our inventiveness, give our technical accomplishments meaning and purpose.
I look forward to seeing the work submitted, maybe I will even see something of yours!
If you would like more information, please visit the "Why Do You Create?" page on the Visual Arts Mississauga website.
...But also an artist couple!
Kal Honey (my creative and life partner of many years) and I were interviewed for episode 9 of Art Conversations with Lisa Jayne Irvine.
Lisa was keen to know about our experiences as an artist couple, from how we met, to our collaborations as designers, to how we navigate being on the same career path as artists and art instructors.
It was so much fun to do (Kal and I love talking and working together), and Lisa (who is a fellow artist and a friend) is such a relaxed host.
Please have a listen, and let us know what you think. The feedback we've had so far has been amazing, so there's a good chance you'll really enjoy it!
The episode is available now, on Apple podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms.
Life in a Pandemic: Anxious Times
Instead of writing more in this second blog post about my installation at the In Situ 2018 festival, (to see part one click here), I will speak to you via the video below, shot and edited by my charming colleague photographer/videographer Nettie Seip, to whom I owe many thanks!
You'll see me on-site in the room during the early stages of installation as I talk about the work and my intentions for it. Then you get to tour through it at night with it fully installed while the festival was in progress.
Please take a look and let me know what you think!
Perhaps after the holidays I will put together some time-lapse video shot over the three nights I spent drawing the Hearts in Place mural in front of the festival audience. I will upload it to my YouTube channel – please click on the link and if you like it, consider subscribing :-)
Video shot and edited by Nettie Seip, www.nettiephotography.com
OK Go is a band that does extraordinarily creative, innovative and powerful visual music videos like no one else – they are art forms in and of themselves. They pull off incredible feats without relying on the magic of digital effects, what you see always happened in real life and in real time.
Seriously, you need to check these videos out, no matter what your musical preferences are, those won't matter at all. Here are some I recommend (titles are links):
What these videos show is that these guys are masters at finding ideas. Extraordinary ideas. They also obviously have an amazing team and a considerable budget to pull them off, but plenty of uninteresting ideas have that and get made.
Below is a TED Talk they gave on "How to Find a Wonderful Idea". They point out that the usual approach of sitting in your chair (or other favourite thinking spot) and dreaming up an idea, then planning and polishing it before executing it is missing a vital step: the "sandbox" – that place where you play and discover or unearth your real idea, the wonderful one that the preliminary idea (which leads you to where the sandbox is) was just the seed for.
Have you unearthed some of your own wonderful ideas in a sandbox of some type? What's your favourite sandbox? If you haven't tried it, where could you start? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Valentine's Day!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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