Well here it is. This Friday is the opening artist reception for my recent collection of paintings and I couldn't be more excited and scared. This series of paintings have really challenged me as an artist, growing my style and expanding my direction for what will come next. Leaving my full-time job in order to make this series into a reality was not only necessary but also crucial in forcing me to "feel the pressure" without succumbing to it.
So today I take all 17 paintings out of their current home (my basement studio) and load them in to a U-Haul and transport them to Gallery 924 for installation. I was interviewed by Pattern Magazine last week to discuss my process and explain this series and the interviewer suggested that I really embrace the significance of all of the paintings being hung in my studio together for the last time. After all, this is where they were all created. This is the spot where the first painting started and where touch-ups were being done just yesterday. This is where the series evolved and changed and took on a life of it's own. And now the studio walls are going to be empty and bare. Signs that something was created in the space are evident with the splattered paint on the floor and walls along with the dozens of paint cans and brushes scattered throughout. However, the room will never really be the same. Perhaps I am sentimentalizing too much but there is something special and almost sacred knowing that this series of paintings were all created together and will remain intact through the month of March before they find new homes and walls to hang.
I am quite proud of this series and invite you to attend the opening reception this Friday, March 6 from 6pm-9pm at Gallery 924 of The Arts Council of Indianapolis. More information can be found here.