My life continues to shift and change, it’s wonderful, overwhelming, different, challenging and helping me grow in ways that are allowing me to realize long held dreams.
My art career is growing! So exciting to know that all the hours I’ve put into learning skills, developing talents and finding my focus have allowed me to realize a long-held dream of mine; to have my art accepted into Gallery Exhibitions. It’s very exciting that people have noticed my artworks, which I have been showing off at Art Walks here in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At one such event at Essex Studios, I met a really nice fellow named Parrish Monk, I think I must have been promoting my new business venture, a non-profit called A’la Art, and he liked my work, and later we talked over how to run a Non-profit business for artists. He also liked the art that I create and invited me to visit the gallery exhibitions at The Art House, a Non-profit Art Education and Business Incubator for artists. I also started to receive Call-to-Artists, an invitation to submit my Art to their exhibitions.
I received the call to artists for ”The Art of Structure” Exhibition via Email in January 2016, and set my mind to submitting work to the show. I agonized for weeks over which pieces of work to submit, I knew I wanted to submit photography prints that I already had framed and so one day I just sat down and went through each of them and picked out a batch of work which consisted solely of macro nature photographs, mostly flowers, but I also submitted one insect photo which I was hopeful would get in but doubted it being that most people probably wouldn’t want to buy a giant photo of a fly, no matter how cool I thought it looked; alas it did not get picked, and I have thus hung the piece in my bathroom.
I was pretty excited for the reply email I got, letting me know that they had decided to include THREE of the six artworks which I submitted for consideration. That’s a 50% percent success for me! But I was told by my bf that it was a 100% success because I got my work in the show – either way you look at it, it was a Huge Success for me, and I am excited to continue my journey in submitting my work into Art Gallery Exhibitions.
The show was presented at The Art House in Fort Thomas, Kentucky; on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 12 noon to 3. I received wonderfully positive feedback for my artwork in the Gallery exhibition, and have since accepted an offer to consign those pieces and some of my note cards at The Art House (another long held dream, having my art for sale in a gallery!)
Here was the premise of the Art of Structure Exhibition;
“The Art of Structure- a theme-based art show featuring all local artists and artisans curated by local artists and artisans.
The Art of Structure;
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
2. mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents.
We are told form follows function, a concept most often associated in the man-made science of architecture, but this concept contradicts the notion held in most nature and social sciences that form predates function.
A quote from an American Architect, Louis Sullivan:
“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling workhorse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
Form following function or function after form?
If art is the function and structure is the form, which comes first? What is true to you and of your art?”
The Art House in Fort Thomas Kentucky (KY) is part of the INKAA Collaboration.
I’m really grateful to have had Three of my artworks accepted into show, opening day was amazing and there were so many great people to meet, talk to and connect with that we were still there an hour after the event was over! It was hard to pull myself away from the wonderfulness of it all, but alas hunger was calling and so we, my bf and I, went to eat with a friend who came to the show.
I took a bunch of photos during the opening as well, check it out, pretend you were there, revel in the art;
PS. I was asked to show more work in the next exhibition at the Art House, which is this Saturday, March 19th 2016, from 12 noon to 3pm. Hope to see you there!