I think for an artist, you can never know how people will respond to your work…but of course, you want to know every little thought that comes to their mind. I realize that if I did know everything, I’d go insane. Anyway, the installations are up and open for the public. Since I know a lot of my friends are far away and won’t have the chance to see them, I’ve made two websites from photographs of the spaces. So you can see both exhibits, pretty much in their entirety, if you click on these links: The Assassination of Hillary Clinton and The Assassination of Barack Obama. Of course, would love to hear some of your feedback, so please let me know what you think!
The Galleries (The Leah Keller Gallery and The Naomi Gates Gallery) are located in Chelsea and have been incredibly supportive of my work. I was introduced to the head of the Leah Keller Gallery about a year ago (around the time of The New Virtuvians) and started to chat about what was next for me. Anyway, when we finally secured both her space and space at the Naomi Gates, it was decided that the installations would only be open to the public by appointment. At first I was reluctant to agree with this. I mean, my art is intended to be accessible by anyone who wants to consume it. It seemed really too “exclusive” and snobby to make it by appointment.
But the more we spoke about it and they explained to me that they feel like there could be some crazy person (or people) who might get a different impression of what the artwork represents and they didn’t want to deal with that. I still think it’s a little ridiculous to have to see MY artwork by appointment. But if it means that the artwork will be shown to the largest possible audience, I’m willing to let it roll.
I guess the last thing is that I remain really disappointed that there is no “opening party” to kick off either exhibit. And I’m not disappointed because of the party in itself, but more so because it would be a great opportunity for me to see everyone and actually have a chance to speak about these pieces. I know it’s ultimately not my job to “explain” or interpret the pieces, but I still would like to have a chance to publicly discuss my motivations for doing this. I suppose that is why I am blogging – so everyone take a moment to forward this on.