It’s always a busy time in September when school is once again starting and here I am trying to push my artwork as much as I conceivably can.
So let’s rewind just a bit to the late spring/early summer time when I went kind of crazy on ceramics work in my studio, tried to do as many shows as I had inventory, and tried to submit my work into juried competitions all over.
I managed to get rejected a few times as well as successfully set up and take down shows, sell some pieces, get some great feedback, and even make it into some of those juried exhibitions. The rejections did leave a mark. Instead they motivate me to be bigger and do better for the same competition next year.
This past Saturday was the opening of the “Untitled: AbEx 2015” in Hartford, Connecticut. I was honored to be included in this abstract exhibition artist list with one of my ceramic pieces and one of my old cyanotype photographs, both of which you can see here.
It was a great celebration of artistic talent in our local area. And talent we have. There were some very strong abstract paintings and mixed media on their walls. My artist friend Monica Hewryk was also part of the exhibition with two of her ceramic pieces. You can see our excitement in the images below.
Later that same night before we walked our way to dinner we stopped by EBK Gallery, their small work gallery situated on Pearl Street in Hartford. It was my first time visiting, and to my surprise, we found this great one piece show. You might ask one piece show? Yes! It was the opening for a mural piece by Tim Wengerstman. And yes, it was the only piece of artwork there, however, it was a big mural covering the main wall of the tiny gallery.
The mural was strong, assertive in its message, and it spoke of the generational awareness of our times. It was a busy gallery with mounds of people outside of the gallery trying to get their questions answered. My friend overheard the artist reveal that many of his artist friends were getting ready to relocate or move on with their lives in one aspect or another, a rite of passage kind of thing. This impactful series of events brought on this painting, adequately titled “The Last Supper in Hartford,” is so politically charged it’s one of the main reasons I loved it so much.
Besides being stylistically strong (he works in woodcuts), one must study this mural with some time at hand. It has much to decipher besides the obvious political punches he inserts with symbolism and some words. I highly recommend anyone in the Hartford area to go see it.
It will be showing until September 28th, 2015. Go See it!!
Tell me what you see. Tell me what you feel when you look at this mural. Aren’t all your senses on edge??