rapid Art

Here are some questions I’ve found myself asking: 

“Is this real art?” 

“Is it okay for art to happen quickly?”

“Is it okay for art to feel simple?”

I think the answer to all of these is yes but I haven’t always thought this. I used to see the process of making art as definitively painful and painstaking. For years, I wrestled with utter discomfort with the lines I made on the paper before me, often erasing so much that the piece became a gray mass of messy ghost marks. I was of the mindset that if I made anything simply, it probably wasn’t good; that if I did something quickly, it wasn’t worth anything. At that point in my life, I was idolizing incredibly detailed artists like Pat Perry (not gonna lie - I still look at his work on a daily basis), James Jean, Neva Hosking, Carine Brancowitz, etc. I placed these artist’s precise eye and mastery of proportion on pedestals and continuously strove to render similar work. 

  rapid dead fish ink painting - august, 2018

rapid dead fish ink painting - august, 2018

  rapid portrait ink painting - january, 2018

rapid portrait ink painting - january, 2018

  rapid face ink painting - august, 2018

rapid face ink painting - august, 2018

Therein lies a trap. I’m already planning another blog post about contemporary influencers within the art world (I actually can’t think of a short way to write about that - it’s gonna be a mouthful), but suffice to say here that I have had the propensity to allow other artist’s distinct styles and talents crowd in over my own voice. In fact, I’m not even sure I can hear my own voice (where are you) underneath all these other ideas flooding in from creatives around me (in-sta-grammmm).

Maybe that’s why I’ve started thinking that it’s really, really important to let quick, free work to come out. It’s impossible (at least for me) not to feel that some of my favorite artists have impacts on how my work evolves. But when I work quickly, I give myself the opportunity to set those thoughts aside. For me, this is when the actual work is getting done.

 

UPDATES:

-Last Saturday, I officially moved over to my new studio in the River Arts District. I'm now sharing a space at the Riverview Station with the lovely and very talented Coco Nuco. We are currently painting the walls and deciding what kind of shelving to invest in (fun). 

-Come to Satellite Gallery - 55 Broadway Street - on Friday, September 7th at 7PM to see the Femme Erotica show. I've got three pieces displayed and I'm very excited to share these with y'all!

-I've got two pieces in The Dragon and The Unicorn show organized by the wonderful Justine Briggs and including many other incredible, local artists. Opening reception for the show will be Saturday, September 8th from 5-7PM at Izzy's Coffee Den - 74 N Lexington Ave. We would love to see you there.

 

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