Spent the day at the California Academy of Sciences in GG Park. I sketched several live animals, which left me feeling exhausted, but fulfilled. I've been depressed and disillusioned about art for many months, but drawing left me in a good mood. I was quite aware how my energy level and concentration decreased as the day went on.
Talked to my artist friend, Honey McMoney today. I briefly chatted about several things:
1) My continued frustration with the "art world". My creativity this year has been very slow and barren. Not sure if it's because I'm depressed OR because I'm not creating it makes me depressed. He suggested I make work ABOUT this. Hmmmmm...
2) Honey is my accountability partner. Last week, I had agreed to visit the art studio for 2 hours on 2 days, which I had to embarrassingly admit I did not do. My excuse has been that "I'm not feeling it".
3) Honey, Scott Tsuchitani, and I have been talking about creating a SDMFA program (Self-Declared Masters in Fine Art). There are examples of groups and schools that are adopting this alternative to institutions and I am beginning to research their experiences as a possible working model.
• Studio practice - This week I will go to my studio to work for 2 hours on 2 days.
• Research - check out on-line websites for alternative education groups in the arts and e-mail one of them.
• Make one collage this week.
• Research upcoming deadlines for artist residencies.
• Network to find a "call for art" for a group show outside San Francisco.
I went to the opening of Sheri Franssen at Dolby Chadwick Gallery located in downtown San Francisco. Although I was excited to see the work, it felt rather one-dimensional. I was also surprised for a show entitled "Flesh and Blood" that many of the paintings, did not invoke this theme whatsoever. Overall, a disappointment.
FLESH AND BLOOD
10/4/2012 - 10/27/2012 at Dolby Chadwick Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:30–7:30 PM
Fool For Love (2012)
65 x 43 inches, oil on canvas
After the seeing the lackluster $30,000 paintings earlier, headed over to Creativity Explored, my favorite gallery. This show has three phases and look forward to seeing how this develops. It was great to briefly catch up with Glen Helfand.
October 4 - November 18, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Curated by Glen Helfand and Jack Fischer.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.