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Saturday, March 19, 2011

To Show or Not to Show

Why Do We Exhibit?

The painting progresses...

An artist can choose to exhibit her work or not.  It's a personal choice.  Do artists exhibit their work to sell it or to have it seen?  Or is it a bit of both?

More accomplished on this most recent painting with a focus on cast and form shadows.

Some feel that gallery representation can lead you down the path of producing the same type of work over and over again.  If a gallery is selling a particular type of work from one artist, the gallery wants the artist to continue making this type of art.  It sells.  This can push an artist into a corner and keep the artist from truly creating, rather than allowing the artist to push  creativity which can lead to breakthroughs and more interesting work.  In this case, the question to ponder would be:  is the artist producing or creating?

Whether or not you choose to exhibit you must continue to create.  Perhaps another word for creativity is courage.  An artist must invent, experiment, grow, take risks, break rules, and make mistake mistakes.  And then, if the artists chooses to do so, share it by showing. 

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