I’m just gonna get straight to it. Last week the question was posed to me, “well, are you just gonna show your work where it completely fits in? Or are you gonna be your own person?” Well at least that was the gist of it. I had received an opportunity to show some of my work in a gallery that does not typically show work like mine. They show a lot of bright colorful landscapes. Nothing wrong with it I suppose. To each his own (or pick your platitude... you get the idea). So the question became do I want to be in a gallery like that?
First off nothing is set in stone and the whole thing is still a bit of a toss up. The gallery is very nice, has a great staff etc, So this is more esoteric I suppose. The question however remains, do I want to be in a gallery like that? I only say this because I hear people (including me) complain about “photography in general. You know, “thats cliche’ or, its too saturated” whatever it is pick your favorite pet peeve. Honestly my first reaction was, “I don’t fit in here, these are all....landscapey” I mean what the hell would I look like in there?
So it seems to me there are two options. First, I could continue on the path I am on and pass on the opportunity. Which may still happen, and wait for the “right gallery” (if their is such a thing) to come along. I am happy to do so if thats what I decide. I don’t think any “gallery” is what will define me as an artist. I spent years in photography classes bickering with professors because, I had a vision for my work that wasn’t always popular. So I have no problem being who I am.
The second option is, dive in feet first and introduce people to art they may never see otherwise. There always seems to be a division between, Pretty picture galleries and “Fine Art Galleries.” After 3 1/2 years at the Art Institute and being exposed to a LOT of work, I can enjoy both. My work may not be as controversial as some fine art. And not as “pretty” as some of the stuff in this gallery. It’s different. A little strange to some people and beautiful to others. What I think is a pretty unique opportunity is the ability to introduce a little fine art into that world. One of the reasons the gallery manager asked me to come in was because she wants to try to diversify the gallery. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. Who knows.
I’ll let everyone know what happens as soon as I know.