this is how i've decided to survive 2014.
there's an art bitch inside me.
imagine a tiny scantily dressed, art savvy and violently sassy 1990's rosie perez permanently perched atop my shoulder. she advises me what to tolerate and what to explode over... it's her little hands with bright, fake nails that help take my earrings off when i'm about to throw down semi-metaphorically on someone whom i believe is a) committing an art crime b) being a fucking idiot in need of real talk c) moving their mouth without intelligence d) sunday driving on a tuesday e) needs his or her ego put in check f) fucking up MY art g) wrong.
my solution? very little horrible shit coming out of my mouth and a tiny puerto rican woman to blame when it does.
it's been a relatively quiet year for me--art wise. i've been developing my tarot project slowly but surely and it's progress has thus far been very well received. i'm still planning on a solo show in september at singer social club--not particularly wild about the venue, but i totally committed to the place before i saw the layout, lighting, design. lesson learned. i've been in there a couple of time for the new and successful art walk reno and haven't been tickled. granted, rosie and i are really really hard to impress and quite frankly, we're sick of hanging my art in bars. been there, done that. it's dim, nobody buys shit, it influences the perceived value, and my work deserves better.
i haven't had any solo shows and i've only participated in a handful of group events (eric santti's circle project most prominently).
i'm working on illustrating some short story panels for my friend chris at YA'LL ARE DEAD/Sunday Snuff which is totally interesting and outside my element. as in i get to draw aids infested toilet pubes and, if it enhances the story-telling, maybe a sick anus or two that's fallen out of itself from disease. cross your fingers, everyone. i'm stoked on this.
aside from a few rants about the generator's general hypocrisy and lack of follow through and leadership, that place still stands. somehow. i know that we're all supposed to help out our fellow man... and that artists should stick together and come when called upon and etc etc etc. i just have never seen anything like the ol' genny and it's animal farm-esque leadership. it feels really good in there sometimes and other times fake as fuck. again, the juice hasn't been worth the squeeze.
burning man is coming and no, i won't be in attendance this year either. unless some amazing project that is perfect for me comes my way... i get a free ticket... and i can jaunt off by myself without losing my job. so basically if the accidental stars align, i might head out for the weekend. otherwise, i'll pass.
artown is coming.
i hope they suck less than they did last year. i get it, i get it. twenty years ago there was nothing. no artown. no warehouses. no festivals. twenty years ago there were no walmarts and cow pastures lined virginia street.
10 years ago, artown was cool.
sure, i totally think 4 years ago, artown was onto something. it's totally lost it's sparkle and, as a local artist, the juice ain't worth the squeeze.
i was in dreamer's cafe the other day getting coffee and i saw a flyer for some artown event done in conjunction with some sort of farming...fooding... healthy farm happy cows and grains party. anyway, long rant short--they were looking for artists to donate their work to this event.
immediately, rosie perez goes ape shit.
i mean, an organization as big as artown, as fucking overrated as artown and as heavily funded as artown has any nerve whatsoever to ask for a donation from an artist. they can't kickdown anything? nothing? they're too busy spending it on bullshit ballets that no one attends in the winter? on office equipment upgrades that aren't necessary?? they need to tap into the local artist vein and swindle them too??
rosie and i agree.
but there's nothing that can be done. lame city of reno folk will continue to get in the way, overpaid board members will continue to have no vision, and the artists around town will go to each others' receptions and parties and support each other in big spaces, same old faces... as usual.
i dunno what rosie and i are gonna do.
pretty sure we're just gonna blow this city out of the art water in the next year and until then maybe write a few more passive aggressive blogs to myself, for myself, about myself and wait patiently for our (mine and rosie's) time to shine.
where i'll post the in's, out's, tween's, and twixt's of my world of art mixed with pictures, links, opinions, and rants. (oh, and curse words. lots of curse words)