I like to think about what I am doing for a while.
I am not prone to spontaneity.
I like to revise and edit.
This piece below is one of 4 that I created for the "Friendships" exhibition... in a very short period of time. I desperately searched for materials in my stash as I wondered how I would come up with my own interpretation of the theme. I had done art about relationships between women friends. My work mostly centers on race and gender, not who my friends are.
So having two back-to-back exhibitions at the historic South Side Community Art Center between Sept. 8 and October 24, 2010 was too much, or so I thought!
The "More than Skin Deep" series (below) was produced for the Sept. exhibition called "Postcard show".
The "Postcard" exhibition stayed up for about 3 weeks, the "Friendships" show closes Oct. 24 after 2 weeks and 2 days!
Not only was new work required, I also had to submit a self portrait for the traditional opening reception auction that we skipped for the "Postcards" (5" x 7" dimensions, not actual postcards, were required).
I heard there was to be an October show in May, at a meeting as the advisory committee worked on Chicago Artists Month. A three-month window was tight by my standards to make new work addressing a new theme. The rules and regs, and that there were TWO shows (not one) was somewhat clarified in July, or so...In the meanwhile I had two shows to organize for my university that I had been working on for over a year and several other invitationals to produce work for, including Not Just Another Pretty Face, a commission-based exhibition going up at the Hyde Park Art Center in November. To shoot the catalog the work was due early.
I am also in several other exhibitions that I had to complete new work for or submit existing work. I did new work for La Loteria at Columbia Colleges Center for Book and Paper, another new piece for Tool Box Flower Box at Jackson Junge and some existing work for Salvage One through Woman Made Gallery and a show at Connie Gillock's Vinic Wine exhibition. I showed two new works at Gallery Guichard in a competition I had not entered!
"Start Here" is canvas, Arches paper, linen fabric, acrylic paint, copper wire and coconut shell for Tool Box Flower Box at Jackson Junge Gallery curated by Kim Laurel and Fletcher Hayes.
I discovered that the pressure pushed to me think faster!
Another work in the "Friendships" show is "My Friend Has Soul" and is Billie Holiday, a singer whose singing I have always loved. She is a friend of dream of and would not have wanted a friend who was a drug addict. If I had had more time I could have thought of a better title for the piece, but, despite strict time limits I think I managed to make an art work I am proud to have pushed myself to create!