Works in Constellationism

Everything but the art

Added on by Matthew Gantt.

So this past month has been chocked-full of twists and turns. So much so, that it seems as though I've spent the last thirty days working on more art-related stuff than actual art.  In the end, it's all part of the job, and I've loved every minute of it.

Here's a breakdown: 

First of all, there was the deadline for submissions to the Jung Center for 2014 exhibits, so I got all those materials together as well and submitted them.   I would really love to have an annual show at the Jung Center, I think it would be a great platform for my work.  My show this October is actually to be shared with one other artist. Scott D. Finch, who will have the main gallery.  My series will be on display in the side gallery.  If the Art Committee is gracious enough to grant me a show next year, perhaps they will give me the main gallery?  That would be wonderful.

Next I found out about the Lanwdale Art Center's 2013-2014 Residency Program about a week prior to the deadline, so I took a couple of days and got my application together and submitted it. There are three spots and each artist will be provided 24-hour access to studio space, $1,500 to start for materials, and a $500/month stipend for nine months, at the end of which there will be an exhibit for the artists.  I am so grateful for the chance to apply and excited at the prospect of a residency!  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Then there was the Annual Jung Center Member and Student Art Show, for which I entered three pieces.  It's a group show and always a fun event as well as an opportunity to schedule a babysitter and go meet others at the center.

I have been trying to finish a series that I have had in mind for about a year now, which are all done on mottled, brown stencil board that I had bought long ago.  Working with this oily board is a little weird because the properties differ greatly from the cotton paper I usually work with.  The colors I used are various, iridescent golds and bronzes with opaque whites and dark sepias and india inks.  I've completed five so far and I'm pleased with the results.

Lastly, tomorrow is our open studios, but this time, Paula and I have decided to kick things up a notch and make a party out of it.  We've bought plenty of food and booze for tomorrow and I asked my friend, local DJ Henry Chow to provide us with some upbeat tunes for the day, all in the hopes of mixing things up so that this open studios may stand out a bit. 

So if you've nothing to do tomorrow, swing-by for a drink or a snack.  Stop in and say "hi"!  We'd love to have you.