Posts Tagged ‘Conversation’

Feb 13th, 2017

Embrace the Strange.

My wife gave a TedX talk on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments. Those times when you think, “Never in a Million Years”.   On the same night, my friend Kevin gave a TedX talk on finding comfort in the uncomfortable. Both talks were profound, touching, and comical. I walked away reminded to observe.   It was also a point of reflection on my own process from the first marks of a pen in the studio to the artist’s reception.

In the beginning of the movie “Pollock” starring Ed Harris, Jackson Pollock is standing at an opening of his work, several people approach him for autographs, he politely signs, but as he does he also looks around. His eyes move across the room, observing, looking for something, he is searching for or observing the order in the chaos. He is a stranger in a room full of friends, family, collectors, and art lovers.   It is a moment that I feel most artists have had as they put their work on display for friends, family, and strangers alike.

Why do we do this? It’s a question that is asked not just by the audience, but also by the artists themselves. I ask myself in those moments, why? Then I try to embrace those who have come to share in my work. The work is done most often in isolation, but the presentation of the product “the art”, is shown for public consumption. It is a juxtaposition built into the creative process. I have openings to share the art, to see response, to share in a moment. It is amazing that people will give of their time to share with me. It’s humbling when you put your work out there for everyone to see and people show up to see it. Its that moment that is so perfectly portrayed in the “Pollock” film. As the artists  you are standing alone in a room and you cast your eyes to see all those who have come to share. Its intense, its inevitable, its humbling, and you and your art are vulnerable.

It sounds pretentious,but I have handlers at my shows.  Their job is to move me around the room.  If left to my own devices in this moment, I know I will retreat to a friend and stand in the corner and talk in isolation. Someone once said, she feels like she’s in charge of a dog at a dog show, as she pushes and pulls me around the gallery. The reality is, I love people, I love socializing, and I live off the energy of motivation and conversation. I’m not saying I’m good at it, in-fact I often have to apologize for what I’ve  said, but the truth is it balances the isolation in which the art is made.

At the end of the day, it is part of my job, it is what I do, it is who I am, it is normal, it is strange, it is part of the process. Some moments are stranger than others, but I find comfort when I remember to embrace the strange.

Cory

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Dec, 7, 2016

Hello Stranger…. Good-bye Friends…..

I’ve just recently finished a show and by all expectations it was a reasonable success. There was a very good energy in the audience, I’ve made some new friends, and sold work. When you come off a show however, you hit a bit of a wall. The type of wall that you get when the adrenalin leaves the body and empty feelings set in. To cope with the idea of not needing to or feeling like creating art, like many artists, I must direct my energy towards social media for record keeping and reflection.

Hello Stranger…

I guess the stranger in the title embodies many, starting with myself. I haven’t posted in nearly six months.   Keeping a blog hasn’t seemed relevant.  I began blogging to allow viewers to take a moment and get a glimpse inside the studio.   A voyeuristic view of the Creative process… What I found was that the much easier Facebook and now Instagram have replaced this more in-depth dialogue, at no fault of the reader or the artist. There has been a massive shift in the views and visits made by the audience. It has become easier to take a quick glimpse of the product and process by switching from in-depth reading to hitting “like” on FB. Slowly but surely there is an even easier way to see the work by  becoming a tapper and tapping a heart on Instagram.   The deconstruction of the in-depth dialogue continues with the person in the selfie.   Anyone who partakes in the voyeuristic process of watching and scrolling through social media have become the purveyors of experience in a more surface only and easily  accessible social media world. The quick snap of snap chat, has replaced the quick wit and scrolling has become the new conventional one sided conversation. I don’t see it as a terrible thing; it is just what it is. As an artist I see it as just another format to allow my work to be seen in a broader context. That’s a fancy way of saying it helps get my art to a larger audience. I just wish there were elves to do the posting for me.

Good-bye Friends…

Moving onto friends and such. There are many people who come and go in the expat life. It is easier to say good-bye to some than others. Then there are those who go and you cant put into words the void you fear. This relates to my art process in this manner. I’m motivated to create art by purpose. I have inspiration a-plenty which leads to ideas, that leads to works of art.    I need purpose….   I need an end game,  a job to do, a point of reference, and desire to achieve. When you have empty spots in your personal life it is hard to find those things.  It is hard to find those things in this expat life as an artists when your personal life and your professional life are so closely woven together. When the people who “get” why you make art are the people you enjoy drinking with, socializing with, and they become the people who are exiting your process, it is not motivational. It was once told to me as I was leaving, it is easier to leave then to be left. I think that is true in many cases, but in a few cases, I think the pain is shared beautifully and uniquely by those who get it.

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Enjoy the show. I hope you like it…

Cory