Yeah, I know – blogs have gotten slightly sparse, of late. Unfortunately, the sufficient blocks of time I need to create art or write prose have seemed to evaporate. Too many things dragging away my attention.
In lieu of that, this is a work from about six months ago titled ‘January’ that just last week received a First Place Ribbon in the Photo Art category of a new Capital Arts exhibit. I was also the featured speaker at the reception for that exhibit, and I spoke on the struggle of photo artists that their work becomes accepted by the traditional arts community. I’m always grateful for any acknowledgement I’m granted, so I beg you not to read the following comments as a complaint. But there’s an irony in my own words at this reception. I submitted four works to the exhibit: this work and another ribboned. Both were inkjet prints of very gently applied techniques. The two that did not ribbon were both expensive metal prints of increasingly sophisticated abstraction.
This is a terribly important exhibition for this community; it represents an acknowledgement by the traditional arts community that something important and vital is happening in the art world with photo and digital arts, and that local artists are working to contribute their voice. The recognition of my work is very humbling. But there’s also the hint that photo art, applied in full force, still boggles minds.
But then, abstract art in general still boggles minds. So why should photo art be any different.
… just for jollies, below is one of the abstract works that did not ribbon …
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.