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Another Artistic Rejection Blog

February 13th, 2017

No Going Back

Sharing your art is always risky and opens you up for rejection and you, of course, wonder it is a personal assault or bad art….and what is the difference anyway. Let’s take a look at that one!

I can, at this point, say I have received as many acceptances as rejections, but I only save the rejections. They remind me more that I’ve been out there, took the chance and felt like giving it all up. Don’t get me wrong, they are kind letters and supportive and tell me I did not fit in with their vision for the show and I get that. However, what I read is more akin to why are you doing this, do you really think you’re an artist and maybe you should have just weeded the garden or walked the dog instead.

I am doing some new work in a style that, although I am excited about, I am not yet comfortable with. The first time I showed it to a group it was greeted well with supportive suggestions and comments. Then I submitted two pieces to a gallery that usually shows my work and my work was not accepted (sadly, there was not even the courtesy of a rejection letter for my collection). My first thought was, after being snappish to someone who had no idea of what was going on in my head and becoming impatient with the dog, that the first group was really just being nice and “faking it”.

So, yes, this is just another blog on artistic rejection, there are hundreds (?). I feel better already!

Rest in Pieces

I want to share this article I found by Daniel Grant, A Problem All Artists Face: Dealing with Rejection in the Huffington Post. It lightened my load and made me feel not so alone.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-grant/a-problem-all-artists-fac_b_792539.html

 

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“Make” Outsider Art

April 9th, 2016

Make

Make

A few days ago I was privileged to see the film “Make”. Up until then I did not think about makers or outsider art. I had to look it up. Outsider art is created by “self-taught” artists. It is produced by people, often institutionalized, sometimes handicapped, who don’t know, understand or care about the cultural restraints of art.It has been around since people first decided to paint on the walls of their cave dwellings. In the early 1920’s, outsider artists started to be recognized when European psychiatrists published two pioneering studies of art made by asylum inmates. In these studies, an attempt was made to find universal truths about human creativity. In the late 1940’s it was embraced by the art world. Jean Dubuffet, French artist and curator, called it art brut, French, but the meaning comes through. He said, “We understand by this term works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part. These artists derive everything…from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art,” a beautiful sentiment.

The documentary, MAKE, examines the lives and art of four American self-taught artists: Prophet Royal Robertson, Hawkins Bolden, Judith Scott and Ike Morgan. Each artist finds his medium and is able to transcend their limitations and produce unique works of art.

IkeIke Morgan

Ike Morgan, institutionalized for violent schizophrenic behavior, spends his days painting as he says, “… to pass the time away.” Although his imagery is not new, his rendering is and that gives his paintings a unique quality. He has, over the years produced thousands of portraits ranging from George Washington to the Mona Lisa.

 

RR_Royal_Robertson_4072Royal Robertson

Royal Robertson, originally a sign painter, deals with an apocalypse of his own design. His small house is covered with doomsday warnings, biblical quotes and alien creatures. As a self ordained profit he holds tight to the anger he feels for his ex-wife and her imagined infidelities. In his art he tries to bring sense to his madness and to create road maps to salvation.

 

 

Hawkins Bolden

HawkinsHawkins Bolden, was blinded at a young age. He created scarecrows to keep the birds from his garden. His scarecrows are created from the flotsam and jetsam of society’s thrown away objects, which he collects   and transforms into sculptures. His totems all have many “eyes” and crowd out the plants they are protecting.

 

 

 

 

Judith-ScottJudith Scott

Judith Scott, was born with Down’s Syndrome and institutionalized when she was 8 years old. Years later her twin sister found her and removed her from the institution. She was enrolled in a program where she could create art and she set about creating cocoon like sculptures of string.

 

I recommend seeing this movie to anyone who wants to understand the creative process more thoroughly. Of the movie, David Byrne  (Talking Heads) said, “Here is a real testament to the power of making art (or music, for some of us) – how that process not only heals and energizes, but the results move me as a viewer as well. They’re touching something deep, as any artist should. There’s a little bit of all of us in this work. This is as high and as fun and beautifully primal crazy enlightening as it gets.”

This movie can be purchased through Shrine Gallery, NYC and, of course, Amazon.com

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Looking Into the LIght

March 29th, 2016

LookingAnn_Don Tom_Domma

 

 

 

I am thrilled to be showing my work with the following artists in this four person show. I have shown with Tom Egan and Don Sichler before, both photographers, and always look forward to seeing their latest work. Donna O’Grady’s work is unique combining old tin ceiling tiles with her wonderful paintings.

I have chosen four of my photos for this exhibit that focus on getting up close and personal with the everyday unseen.  I will be talking about my work at the Artist Talk on April 17th at 3;30 as a part of the Hoboken Studio Tour.

“Looking Into the Light,” an exhibition of traditional and digital mediums by four artists, will be open to the public from April 1 to 24, 2016 at the hob’art gallery, Monroe Art Center, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken. The artists, Don Sichler, Ann Kinney, and Tom Egan and Donna O’Grady experiment with established painting and photographic mediums to produce avant-garde images. A reception to meet the exhibitors will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 6-8pm. On Sunday, April 17th at 3:30pm, the artists will talk about their artwork and welcome questions from visitors. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5pm and by appointment. The artists thank the Monroe Art Center and the hob’art gallery for their support of this exhibition.

“Looking into the Light,” accurately describes the compatibility of the four artists who are part of the hob’art gallery’s upcoming exhibition. Like four notes blending harmoniously, the thread of abstracted realities and ‘other worldliness’ is immediately apparent although each artist executes their ideas with a different technique.

Don Sichler:  Don’s photos in this exhibit are called street art. The images were all found and photographed on his frequent walks around town. Don says he is an artist but he doesn’t create art, he discovers it and records it with his camera.

Ann Kinney: Her images are derived from nature with and underlying current of earth, water, fire, air tempered by human forces. Images that intrigue her, combine shape and color in time and place, which tell the stories of everyday lives. They are the result of her journey during which she has been photographing people and their places. She would like her photographs to serve as springboards for the viewer’s imagination.

Tom Egan: His photos are reinvented landscapes that are created from local parks and scenery in the intensely colored mirrored imagery

Donna O’Grady: Her paintings incorporate antique ceiling tiles that frame her portraits and landscapes.  Using underpainting techniques to capture light and atmosphere, her pieces capture mysterious snapshots of the mind.

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1–5pm and by appointment, (201) 683-6252

The building entrance is on 8th Street between
Monroe and Jackson streets. Free parking is available at the rear of
the building on Jackson Street.

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Robert Frank

February 3rd, 2016

“It’s a good thing not to go back in your life.” -Robert Frank, 2016

Robert Frank and The Americans

 

 

A retrospective of Robert Frank’s work is now at NYU  Tisch School of the Arts. At 91, I have to agree with his thoughts about going back in your life, there is just too much and not enough time.

I have always admired his book The Americans (1958). Born in Switzerland, he came to America in 1946, after WWII and with the perception of America as “the” place to be. Robert Frank was greatly influenced by Walker Evans and in 1955 he traveled across the United States photographing its people in their places. What Frank found was the contrast of wealth and culture with poverty and race. His work ended up being much like Walker Evan’s view of America chronicled in  American Photo-graphs (1938). Although his style was very different, since he deviated from traditional photographic constraints and was much maligned in critical reviews. This style soon became the norm for photo-journalists, made possible, in part by smaller cameras.

The retrospective runs until February 11, 2016, There will also be screenings of his documentary films.

Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2016

 

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ROBERT FRANK

WALKER EVANS

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