I was also humbled and encouraged by friends and family who agreed to help during the entirety of the show – Vince, Maci, David, Caitlin, and Rebekah – I couldn’t have done this without them. They served and in some cases strong-armed people into buying work. Who has friends like that? I do.
One of my goals going into the show was to make it engaging to a broad audience. Art seems inaccessible to viewers so often, and so I wanted to address that. I decided to print out explanations of each painting (if there was a story behind it, or if it inspired a story, or if it explored a theme). I also included cross-references to related paintings so that viewers could see which ones went together. And finally, for those who wanted even more insight into the paintings, I printed out and stuck related stories to the wall in my studio.
I think these additional elements helped people to engage more and helped to demystify my art a little bit. At least, that’s what a few of you told me.
So if you were there, what did you think? Was the show engaging? If so, why? What worked for you and what didn’t? Do you have any ideas that, if implemented, you think would have helped you understand the work better?