*WARNING LONG JOURNAL ENTRY WILL BE LONG*
So if you guys remember, last year I participated in ArtPrize. Well this year I'm curating the venue I am currently working at
All the artists are happy (and some of them are really
happy XD) but OMG that was a lot of work. Hanging any kind artwork is a bit of a job, but we had 16 artists installing pieces and many of the 2D paintings were multi paneled (one of the REALLY big ones is an 8 panel painting). I did discover that my math isn't as horrible as I originally thought because I was able to match wall dimensions to painting dimensions and find the center of things fairly quickly and correctly. Also, this whole ordeal has once again reminded me of how much I despise being short
I'm 5'1 which really blows when it comes to hanging things because my eye level is MUCH lower than normal sized human's eye level. Also, this means lots of ladder climbing. I don't mind climbing up high (and by high I mean 20 or 30 feet...this office space has uber high walls), I do
mind having to drag the thing all over the place XD. We've got nice track lighting in the office space too so I had to adjust it to make all the artwork pop and shine and twerk (gets shot). Managed to burn the ever loving shit out of my left thumb doing that because the lights are extremely hot from being left on 24/7 XD. The last 5 artworks were installed yesterday back to back over a course of 4 hours
but all the artists are SUPER nice and really like me so that's a plus
One thing I find unusual is that my boss and the other staff (who are his family members
) think it's odd that I'm being so nice to the artists...and even stranger still that they are surprised by the things being installed. Here's the thing about ArtPrize: there is no jury, anyone over 18 can enter, and venues (that is businesses and galleries who want to host art) get to pick who they want to show work in their space. That means they
picked all the art for better or worse. One piece, a large set of banners, seems to be causing them all stomach aches. And while I agree its no masterpiece it's not ugly or even poorly crafted. Anyways, as an artist who is in the role of curator in this instance, I'm finding it important to not only make sure all the artwork fits and has a place in the venue, I'm making sure the artists are happy with their experience because that matters too
. Also, we have some pretty important rules to follow as a venue and can get in huge trouble if anything is damaged or done without artist consent.
Anyways, in other news I got invited to show work in Chicago with EXPO Collective in this: expocollective.tumblr.com/post…
UBER pumped for this!!! The show is a tribute to 8 and 16 bit gaming (80s and 90s games) and I've been thinking of doing a mashup between Final Fantasy(Playstation X) and Mystical Fighter (Sega Genesis). I'm also excited because this is the first show I'll being doing in a major city *flails* ZOMG IS THIS FOR REAL?! TWO OF MY MOST FAVORITE THINGS TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE?!
Also, I'm rolling around the idea of selling merch there too, I'll see if I have enough time to make other stuff to sell (probably won't but I'mma try anyway!).
School's going good, if I haven't mentioned already, I'm in my last year of grad school (FINALLY) so the pressure's on to get art made for my spring show. I've got my thesis worked out so now it's time to get in art machine mode *mechanical whirring sounds and clanking*. I'm taking an art history (The Body in Art Seminar), painting studio (Graduate Painting Studio: Thesis), and teaching class (Graduate Teaching Seminar). The teaching class is taking up most of my time of course because the materials are somewhat foreign to me
Our first assignment was to do a classroom lecture and I ROCKED IT
And you know what I owe it to? YOU GUYS! That's right, all the people who suggest and read my tutorials are actually helping me get ready to teach on the college level! I actually re-read most of my watercolor tutorials to get ready for the assignment and I "lectured" for about 25 minutes with no problem
The professor for that class is really tough and will not hold back if you suck (she seriously tore into a few people that day actually D
but she had only positives to give me for feedback outside of a few obvious things (like certain terminology that would not be understood by freshmen). In my opinion, the lecture was the hardest assignment for that class. The other ones are a syllabus, a live demo, and a full application to a college of our choosing to be on faculty as an adjunct. I just find the rest of the assignments easier because they require mainly writing and I've got that in the bag
Also, the demo will be a cinch because I'll just reference one of my tutorials!