I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog as yet that I am in the midst of a grand experiment. At the beginning of January I quit my job with the intention of concentrating full time on my art. Many weeks later I am now going into my seventh week of doing so. It’s been a thrilling, exciting, stressful, productive, and satisfying couple of weeks.
An important part of my grand experiment has been to get my work out into the world, build an audience and make it known I have work for sale. Social media tools, specifically Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and this blog have played a huge role in this, and I’m not really sure how I would’ve accomplished what I have without them. The internet has drastically changed my art practice over the past five or so years I’ve been using these tools, and I can easily say they have become an integral part of my process. Having an audience to share with and an easy means to do so has kept me motivated to constantly create new work. The sharing goes both ways as well because as I’m sharing with the world they are sharing back in the form of feedback, encouragement, inspiring interactions, thoughtful blog posts, and artwork that blows my mind and goads me onward to create.
And now to the point of my blog post. I am taking part in a group show at Diane Farris Gallery that explores the connection between artists and social media. When I’d first read the call for artists put out by the gallery I was initially put off by the 50% commission they take if the work is sold. But I reconsidered for two reasons: 1. I have two shows in public spaces at the moment and I want to compare these to showing in a gallery, and 2. I am interested in the connection between artists and social media.
The show opens on April 1st and runs until the end of the month. I am excited to be taking part and am curious to see the work of my fellow participating artists and how they use social media in their artistic practice.
Twitter/Art + Social Media
Exhibition: April 1 – May 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 1, 6 – 8 pm
Diane Farris Gallery
1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S2