Thanks so much to everyone who came to Talk20 last night at 1708 gallery! I had a great time, and I loved seeing each and every one of you there, especially if I knew you were there ; ) !
We had tons of people there - it was standing room only - maybe 175 people. There were 8 artists who spoke for about 4 1/2 minutes each then took time to answer questions if there were any. It was fascinating hearing what each artist/designer was working on and what he/she was thinking during the process. People are doing such cool stuff. Brian Korte showed us the picture he made out of Legos which is now in the Guiness Book of World Records! Tiffany Glass talked about geocaching "real small art" all around Richmond and about giving away small canvases as a way to make someone's day. Shelia Gray paints bodies and creates costumes just for the heck of it, and gardens and house and pet sits out of the goodness of her heart. Gordon Stettinius has done a series of photographs of himself with all different kinds of hair and in different styles of dress. They are fascinating! It's hard to recognize him in all of them. There were two designers there who talked about their process of figuring out how to decorate a building - there's so much more thought that goes into it than I ever knew. And an artist who does prints of maps of places friends and family live. All so interesting!
I think becoming aware of the messages is the first step. I hope that when people look at my art, they will begin to think about the body. Perhaps they will feel uncomfortable. I'm OK with that. Maybe they'll go a little bit deeper and start to ask themselves what is wrong with the painting? Why are they uncomfortable? What seems so wrong about it? There is so much to be learned from the questions.