I need to make a few decisions and start on some projects quickly, as I said that I would.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The first is the “Prospective Objects” piece. I’ve gotten beautiful samples from a somewhat expensive trading card maker, and not-so-great samples from a cheaper place. My challenge is to balance the quality and memorability of the pieces with my ability to budget and make a number of them. Today is already the first of February.
As much as I like the really nice ones, I have a certain ideal that I have for this project, namely that the packets be as variegated and unique as possible. I think I know what will be in these packets. All of the pieces will be Prospective Objects, in that they can be made “real” through activation.
During my Monday night grad studio visit, the Chair of the Arts department reminded me to make sure that I am sure to educate people about Englyph, as I am working on other concepts. He’s correct: I need to make sure that viewers know the conceptual depth of the images the are witnessing, but also not be turned away for lack of understanding what is happening. I’ve heard that echoed a bit, now, so it’s something to heed. This is why one of the Prospective Object cards — or perhaps the whole first set — should be “The ABC’s of Englyph.” I need to start this now because I promised myself I would start. The Chair also made a good suggestion that perhaps I rent out the Project Room and put on an exhibition of the “ABCs.” It’s a really good idea, as an introduction.
Now, it’s up to me to get those “ABCs” done. I’m getting them formulated. I’ll have to make sure that they are adaptable to Instagram, canvas print, and the trading cards, as well. This feels better: I have some long-term things to do and I have all I need to make them happen.
Tonight was the third group critique with my current set of classmates. We certainly saw a range of how people work, their media and materials, and the pace at which they create. I also noted how un-formed so much of the work is, that I see. It’s no wonder that some people have come into my studio said that my work looks “done.” Well, it IS done! It’s self-sufficient and complete. If I want to have something open-ended, I’ll start working on the next piece or a series. It’s interesting because I find myself perturbed by the lack of focus or “finish” that I see amongst my peers. I feel like, “You made it into this prestigious school Aren’t you a bit more polished and certain with what you’re doing?”
All three of the artists we met with, last night, seem just a bit unsure, harboring a smidgen of insecurity in their work. Is it bad or heretical that I’m very confident with my work and usually really LIKE it? I don’t necessarily need to question my choices or my progression. Quite to the contrary, I’m very confident and certain of my own work. More about this, later.