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Back And Forth In Time

My next few blog posts are going to jump back and forth in time.

Afternoon Walk Music: "Devotion" by Earth, Wind and Fire
Afternoon Walk Music: “Devotion” by Earth, Wind and Fire

Monday, March 6, 2017

At first, I felt bad because I had started to fall behind on blog posts. That feeling bad only made things worse, as I got paralyzed by thinking of the parts that I had to “make up,” and in a sense, I do have to make up some time. No worries. I’ll do that, but from today, I’m getting back on track.

Visit to the NADA Fair in Tribeca
Visit to the NADA Fair in Tribeca

This past weekend was “Armory Fair” week. I’m pleased that I made the effort to see a number of the fairs. On Friday, I hired a Taskrabbit Tasker to accompany me to the NADA fair, which was held on Washington street and Houston in Tribeca(?). I wanted to be “escorted” to the fair because I note that gallery booth attendants aren’t as interested in a single male — especially of color — because, why would they? I don’t look like someone who is going to buy and for now, I’m not planning on buying. At the same time, I experimented with walking in with an eccentric white woman to see if they’d pay more attention. And she was particularly eccentric. I’m convinced that she was drinking before this 10:30 am appointment. It seems that they did, at least a modicum.

Independent Fair, NYC
Independent Fair, NYC

I’m exploring techniques for how to get to gallery people. I wish that I could just simply be honest and say that if they are at all interested in diversifying their artist rosters that they have to look outside of their own social circles, as these usually don’t include nerdy men of color.  I don’t think that tactic will work, so what will? I also imagined myself working like a private investigator or a detective, placing the name and picture of a “target” at the top of a board and then attempting to link them to the people below them and work up from there. Can I influence the influencers of these decision makers and get them to mention my name or set up a studio visit? Yes, I just have to figure out how to do that. If I think something is impossible, then I won’t do what’s necessary to make it happen, and I have to understand that now, in school, is the time to lay a lot of groundwork for all of this.

AMC Empire 25 Theater, Times Square
AMC Empire 25 Theater, Times Square

I happened to see a theater screening of “All About Eve” last night at the AMC 25 in Times Square. It really is an excellent film, and there’s something to be learned from the interactions between the people, especially how Eve convinced people CLOSE to the decision makers to choose her for roles.

Specifically, she convinces Karen to influence her husband the playwright. Of course, as Hollywood goes, people generally get some sort of comeuppance, but I enjoyed the interactions. Lots to think about, as I attempt — and I repeat, attempt — to navigate this world.

I’m also working hard on ridding myself of envy. In my career, there seems to be one artist — usually female — that I choose as my object of envy. I’m not sure exactly the criteria are for who gets chosen, but some of it has to do with the extreme amount of attention they get online (like on Facebook) when I get very littlAt first, I felt bad because I had started to fall behind on blog posts. That feeling bad only made things worse, as I got paralyzed by thinking of the parts that I had to “make up,” and in a sense, I do have to make up some time. No worries. I’ll do that, but from today, I’m getting back on track.

This past weekend was “Armory Fair” week. I’m pleased that I made the effort to see a number of the fairs. On Friday, I hired a Taskrabbit Tasker to accompany me to the NADA fair, which was held on Washington street and Houston in Tribeca(?). I wanted to be “escorted” to the fair because I note that gallery booth attendants aren’t as interested in a single male — especially of color — because, why would they? I don’t look like someone who is going to buy and for now, I’m not planning on buying. At the same time, I experimented with walking in with an eccentric white woman to see if they’d pay more attention. And she was particularly eccentric. I’m convinced that she was drinking before this 10:30 AM appointment. It seems that they did, at least a modicum.

I’m exploring techniques for how to get to gallery people. I wish that I could just simply be honest and say that if they are at all interested in diversifying their artist rosters that they have to look outside of their own social circles, as these usually don’t include nerdy men of color.  I don’t think that tactic will work, so what will? I also imagined myself working like a private investigator or a detective, placing the name and picture of a “target” at the top of a board and then attempting to link them to the people below them and work up from there. Can I influence the influencers of these decision makers and get them to mention my name or set up a studio visit? Yes, I just have to figure out how to do that. If I think something is impossible, then I won’t do what’s necessary to make it happen, and I have to understand that now, in school, is the time to lay a lot of groundwork for all of this.

I happened to see a theater screening of “All About Eve” last night at the AMC 25 in Times Square. It really is an excellent film, and there’s something to be learned from the interactions between the people, especially how Eve convinced people CLOSE to the decision makers to choose her for roles.

Specifically, she convinces Karen to influence her husband the playwright. Of course, as Hollywood goes, people generally get some sort of comeuppance, but I enjoyed the interactions. Lots to think about, as I attempt — and I repeat, attempt — to navigate this world.

I’m also working hard on ridding myself of envy. In my career, there seems to be one artist — usually female — that I choose as my object of envy. I’m not sure exactly the criteria are for who gets chosen, but some of it has to do with the extreme amount of attention they get online (like on Facebook) when I get very little, etc. In any case, I can’t be concerned with what’s going on with someone else, because I don’t understand their struggles. Plus, envy is like giving yourself poison and hoping that someone else feels the effects.e, etc. In any case, I can’t be concerned with what’s going on with someone else, because I don’t understand their struggles. Plus, envy is like giving yourself poison and hoping that someone else feels the effects.

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