Today was a pretty chill day.
November 4, 2016
I was quite pleased that I didn’t have to attend the Mentor Week activity. It would be really best if the school changed the name from “Mentor Week” to “Hang With A Successful Artist Week” or something of the sort because mentoring isn’t really what one gets. I should qualify that: At some point, I’m sure that some students actually get a mentoring relationship formed, but I’m sure that many do not.
I’m not sure as to whether I even feel like going on more field trips with the assigned artists. It just doesn’t feel like the relationships deepen if there isn’t sustained interaction between artist and student. I’m going to do my best to make sure that I keep my relationship sustained.
Otherwise, it was a day of catching up: I got on my hands and knees in the morning and cleaned the floors, and dusted and vacuumed the apartment. It feels good to have done so, especially because the place needed cleaning. There were a good number of “dust bunnies” hiding in every corner.
After that, I had a lunch of Pad Thai at Lovely Day and walked back home. I talked to my Mother a long time about the ethics of my dilemma with the “Open Studios” day. We talked about it a good bit and decided that it would be best for me not to show my videos through a boarded up door to my studio. As exciting and even tantalizing that idea would be, I can see how it would be a bad way to distinguish myself from the other students.
I still so very terribly want to participate in an event where people from the outside world will be coming to the school. My mother agreed that perhaps the best choice would be to perform my “Take One” activity. I could find somewhere in the area to set up a table, and perhaps I also need to make a sign, and just sit there, making people’s names in English.
It’s amazing how much of being in this field of Art is remaining motivated and keeping a positive attitude. It most certainly isn’t about how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up — to receive more abuse.
In anticipation of at least being prepared for the open Studios, I also made efforts towards creating new postcards which will have a blank side for the names, as well as the front, which advertises my “art world” geek social media campaign. I’m proud of myself for this start; being able to keep a blog going and get content started. Even taking and organizing pictures and writing at least 500 words a day is a task, but I’m settling into it. I’m even proud that I’ve been writing this very post in one setting! It’s true that if you work a muscle, it will get stronger. What other muscles to I need to be working? Most certainly the self-confidence and initiative muscle, as it relates to getting out and meeting people.
Finally, after my partner came home after a good month of being away, I was able to do a meet-and-greet and then went to an art event close by at 60 Sullivan street. The event was sponsored by a gallery called Transfer, and I’ll include a few pictures of that.
After the gallery opening, at which I didn’t get the chance to connect to anyone, I walked with my partner to Cookshop on 10th avenue enjoyed a meal. We took a car home and it was then time for a bit of Internet browsing and bed.