RESULTS: National Juried Show
The media in which I work is Xerography. And I’ve spent years trying to find the technique that works best for me. SC Artist Kim Lemasters introduced me to Xerography and showed me his method. His method didn’t work for me…my first methods didn’t work for me. Years later, I’m comfortable with my own process and find that it is still changing. As my aptitude increases, my results change in unexpected ways.
For years, I worked on wood. And honestly, I still prefer to work on wood. However, I had work on wood that in my gut I knew was good that I couldn’t get shown. I reworked some of the pieces on canvas and sent them to the same galleries as juried entries for different shows…and voila! They were juried into the same galleries where they had previously been rejected. It was at that point that I had to confront the issues of satisfying the marketing and realizing that it was not all about my process.
I began producing ALL of my work for show on canvas while producing a few pieces on wood here and there because I loved them. The result was a long resume of national shows and a secret belief (held by all artists I suspect) that some galleries and jurors simply have better taste and fewer biases about what constitutes “art” than others.
I decided to enter the Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibit of 2009 featured on the September Deadlines Post of ArtAndArtDeadlines.com. As an experiment, I entered two pieces on canvas and a triptych on wood…just as a last hurrah for my sadly rejected wood pieces. Only one piece could be juried into the show. Wouldn’t you know… the wood triptych (pictured below) made the cut.
So, the moral of the story? Oh hell, I don’t know…never give up on a piece you believe in? have faith that eventually a juror will get it? there’s no rhyme or reason to taste?
Pick one. Your guess is as good as mine.