I was invited by my Las Vegas Gallery, TastySpace, to be part of a group show called 'You Don't Know Me' (May 31st through July 31st). Dana Satterwhite, the gallery owner, asked each of us to contribute a couple pieces that represented who we were, individually - aspects of our personalities or personal histories that we had not previously shared with the general public. I was intrigued. I've always wanted to do a bit of storytelling with my work, and Dana is forever challenging his artists to take risks and try new things. So, I gladly accepted the invitation.
This show was to be a part of a larger anniversary show of the Emergency Arts Center where TastySpace is housed. Each artist had free reign to paint whatever they liked, so long as it fit in with the larger theme of emergence and revelation. I contributed the following:
'Going Off-Script' - 8"x8" - oil on cradled hardboard panel - SOLD
'Recognizing Futility' - 8"x8" - oil on cradled hardboard panel - SOLD
'Going Off-Script': Antique tin toy cowboy and indian set against an old Hollywood style western backdrop, and out of left field comes a T-Rex, totally not what you'd expect see in this scene. I have a tendency to live my life JUST outside of what is expected of me, and some of my best ideas have always been some of my strangest. That's not a brag, just an observation. I used to feel guilty about it, but as I get a little older and (hopefully) a little wiser, I realize that taking a few risks and having a little flexibility enables me to catch good opportunities and to open creative doors that following a script, so to speak, might not. In other words, BE WEIRD!! It pays off. And it's just good plain fun.
'Recognizing Futility': A play on Humpty Dumpty. Another thing I am learning as I grow up is that sometimes it's better to walk away from a situation that has outlived its usefulness rather than milking it dry and then hanging around a little longer just to be sure it's done. There is a moment when a situation turns, and though it's not turned SOUR just yet, it's definitely turned from your favor. It's not a waste or even an act of selfishness to listen to that inner voice that says, "Time to go. You've learned all you can from this situation. You can move on, now."
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The opening reception was last Friday, May 1st, and while I was unable to attend, I heard it was a great turnout. Both my paintings sold to new collectors that night, and Dana has asked me to paint more to put on display. As an added bonus, Las Vegas Weekly Magazine liked 'Going Off-Script' enough to feature it in their Arts&Entertainment section following the show's opening. Yay!!
In this case, it's paid to be weird yet again.