On Success: Tips for Artists

For whatever your definition of success is

 

Shoebox PR’s manifesto for surviving in the Art World

Find your community or make one
Patience and perseverance
Be easy to work with
Follow Directions
Show Up!
Get Involved
Generosity begets Generosity
Be brave
Be authentic
Make bad art (Thanks Kiel!)
Read/Research – keep looking at art and keep learning about art
Follow-up
Have meaningful experiences
produce good quality and original work
Learn to say no
Don’t be afraid to ask, you may get a yes
“The Only Rule is Work”
You be you – Stay true to your vision and yourself
Compete only with yourself
Keep working (hard)
Stay humble
Consider your endgame (goals, goals, goals)
Be open to the twists and turns on your career path
You can’t sell art if you don’t show your art
Learn to live with rejection. It is not you, it’s them.

Practical info for artists:

Have the best photos possible of your work for submissions
– No reflections, angles, shadows
– make sure the coloring in the photo matches the actual artwork

Use Facebook and Instagram to its fullest potential

Have a mailing list and send out newsletters quarterly

Check your emails/texts/FB messages daily and answer immediately, especially if it pertains to your work.

Have your work ready to hang when dropping it off at the gallery AND have all of the info/paperwork signed and filled out.

Meet Deadlines and promote the shows you are in on social media and in your newsletters.

Support your artist friends, galleries, institutions either by going to the openings, visiting/studio visits during business hours or following and engaging on social media.

Build a large body of work(s) for several shows. Be ready when you are invited to show.

Start a blog on your website to help drive people to your website.

Surround yourself with supportive people

Perfect your elevator speech about your work. Learn to talk about your art in an easy and articulate manner. Be honest, humble, meaningful. Be a storyteller for your work.

Once you set a price for your work, you can never lowe that price. be responsible when pricing your work. Do you want to get it out into the world or keep it close to the vest and only sell limited pieces for more money?

Business outreach is critical – be proactive and follow-up

Have all of your supporting materials, CV, BIO, Artist Statement ready to go at a moments notice. If you don’t have a professional artist statement, hire someone to write it.

Make it easy to buy – have a square reader with you at all times, or venmo AND a price list on your phone. When someone asks you for a price, you can easily look it up.

Pay attention to detail

John Waiblinger

Solo Exhibition

The Beauty of Men*

Artwalk Preview:
Thursday 10/11 7-9pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday 10/13 6-9pm

Art Talk with Prof. Gregory Mattson
Saturday 10/20 130-3pm

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
104 East 4th Street
Los Angeles Ca 90013

*An Iconography of Desire

 

John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60’s, first exhibiting work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts.

The Beauty of Men* (an iconography of desire) is Waiblinger’s first solo show, appropriately taking place at the gallery in which he first showed his work. His work presents men he has appropriated via their pornographic performance and reconstructs then within the realm of his imagination.These images combined with his own photographs portray a masculinity that celebrates softness and intimacy that he believes creates a tension between the normative and the transgressive. Waiblinger states that his intent is “to investigate and illustrate how such juxtaposition can broaden perceptions and understanding of masculinity.”

Waiblinger uses his fixation on the beauty of men to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration.

BIO:
John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60s, first exhibiting his work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in 2014. Since then he has continued to exhibit in galleries and has established a small group of collectors. His most recent work was a collaborative installation project with artist Sean Yang at the Cerritos College Fine Arts Department focused on the “coming out process”. Waiblinger is a member artist of LACDA and was accepted as a member of the Los Angeles Art Association this year.

Artist JT Burke known for his Paradise Circus interactive installation at the LA Art Show in 2015 to unveil new 53’ mural at Fabrik Projects in Culver City September 8th

Fabrik Projects
2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Home: Slider Only

http://jtburke.com/

In Paradisum Cantavit – (Google Latin for “The Paradise Crew”) – is a 53’ wide mural created by JT Burke that will be unveiled at Fabrik Projects Gallery on Saturday, September 8, opening day of the Los Angeles fall art season. This outdoor mural is composed of Burke’s original photos of vintage costume jewelry and brass figurines, assembled together digitally to create an eye-popping panorama of cheeky characters that are the inhabitants of his visionary world.

This highly detailed, large-scale image is an ambitious continuation of Burke’s series of images that envision Paradise as a beautiful myth and a concoction of human desire. His use of jewelry and ornamental objects as the building blocks of his joyous utopia ties together tangible objects from the human world with a vision of mankind’s ultimate beauty.

JT Burke is now represented by Fabrik Projects Gallery. In Paradisum Cantavit will remain on view through 2019.

About JT Burke

Jeffrey Thomas Burke received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, and an (hon)MS from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1999. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Bristol UK, Basel Switzerland, Barcelona Spain, Naples Italy and throughout Southern California. A former advertising photographer and commercial director, Burke was an early pioneer of digital capture and manipulation.

JT Burke lives and works in South Pasadena, CA.

About Fabrik Projects Gallery

Fabrik champions new ideas in contemporary art by providing a platform to nurture emerging and mid-career artists, enabling them to take risks.

Fabrik Projects Gallery
2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 730-6074
HOURS
Tues. – Fri. 11am-5pm
Sat. 11am-6pm

Artist Erika Lizée creates large-scale installation in Pierce College Solo Show

Erika Lizée
Gazing into the Great Unknown

August 27 – September 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 13th, 6 – 8 pm

Pierce College Art Gallery
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371

https://www.erikalizee.com/

(Woodland Hills, California) – Please join us Thursday September 13th 6-8pm at the Pierce College Art Gallery for the reception of Erika Lizée’s Solo Exhibition. Lizée is a painter who creates illusion-based installations. Mysterious, biomorphic forms appear to exist within the walls of the gallery, while tendril-like elements expand and emerge into the physical space of the viewer. She imagines gallery walls as symbolic thresholds between different realms of existence, between life and death. The illusionistic quality of these installations also speaks to how perceptions and beliefs create reality.

The use of illusion in her work is important, as it gives rise to simultaneous feelings of wonder and uncertainty in viewers. For Lizée, it serves as a metaphor for how we can feel such awe for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in, while also harboring intense feelings of doubt and anxiety surrounding the big questions of where we come from, what the purpose of our lives is and what happens when we eventually die.

Lizée has always been drawn to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is a tale that considers how our perceptions of the world around us create what we believe to be real. When our perceptions change through experience, so do our concepts of what is real. In her installations, the use of illusionistic and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to create a transformative experience for viewers, as their perceptions shift with a greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space.

The installations serve as a parallel for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Individually, each piece has its own inspirations, pulling from sacred geometry, nature and symbols of the feminine. Overall, these works speak to the deep-rooted questions we have always faced in relation to the existence of the universe and our role in it.

Erika Lizée was born in Chicago, Illinois, yet was raised in a tiny town in Northern Wisconsin. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the woods, swimming the lakes and climbing the snowdrifts of this serene part of the country. Her upbringing fostered a strong connection to the natural world, which remains an important aspect of Lizée’s life and artwork.

Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific, illusion-based installations with acrylic paint. Most recently, she has built installations within the Vita Art Center, Gallery 825, Launch LA, ArtShare LA, and the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.

Erika Lizée earned a BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville, and her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge. She is a Professor of Art at Moorpark College, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. She lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.

Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival,  celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 Artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well venders from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists  Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Zemer Peled and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Guest artists installations by Corazon Del Sol in collaboration with Marguerita Drexel and Linda Franke.

About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

For more information and a complete list of of participants and schedule of events,

visit https://www.blueroofstudios.org/blue-roof-studios-arts-festival/

Diana Sanchez: blueroofstudios6@gmail.com

Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRSarts/

Instagram: @blueroofstudios

“ECHO ENIGMA” – SCOTT FROSCHAUER’S NEW SOLO EXHIBITION CONFRONTS DIVISIVENESS IN AMERICA

AN ARTIST TALK SUNDAY, MAY 20TH, 3-5 P.M.
ALTADENA OPEN STUDIOS TOUR, JUNE 3RD 11-5 P.M.
CLOSING RECEPTION ON JUNE 10TH, 2-5 P.M.

Ark Gallery and Studios is pleased to present a solo exhibit with Los Angeles multimedia artist Scott Froschauer. The artist explores themes of social connectivity, community and complexity. Froschauer gained notoriety with his “The Word on The Street” series of subversively positive street signs.

In Froschauer’s latest exhibit at ARK, the artist reflects on America’s increasingly polarized climate, etching distressed mirrors with portraits of various historical American figures. The artist injects elements that complicate otherwise one-dimensional narratives. He states that, “Deciding how to categorize them becomes more of a statement about the viewer, who is reflected in the distressed surface of each piece.” Hero and villain become blurred in the complex reality of the subjects humanity.

That complexity becomes the underlying fabric of the shows centerpiece. The exhibit’s focal point is a model for a large-scale artwork entitled United Divider that proposes a size of 15 feet tall by 20 feet long. Reminiscent of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc that infamously overtook Federal Plaza in New York in the 1980’s, the 120-foot-long curved steel panel divided an otherwise open public space and was eventually taken down due to public outcry. Froschauer proposes a monument of polished stainless steel, waving, and etched with the likeness of the American flag. When viewed up close, the flag’s stars and stripes consist of lines of text bearing the names of historical Americans, human beings who we might find ourselves simplifying into heroes or villains, but which are actually more complex. Again, the polished surface reminds the viewer that their impression of these individuals is more of a reflection of their own preconceptions. Froschauer comments, “The epic scale of this piece gives it a stance as a wall, separating those who might stand on either side of it. The reflective quality of the piece denotes that this idea of America is a reflection of all who observe it. The symbol of the flag brings us all together and tears us all apart. It is the United Divider.”

Several related events will follow the April 29th opening from 3-6 p.m. including a May 20th artist talk from 3-5 p.m., an Altadena Open Studios Tour day on 3rd from 11-5 p.m., and a closing reception on June 10th from 2-5 p.m.

Ark Gallery and Studios is located at 2599 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

 

 

SEARCHING
Kathryn Hart

May 2-30, 2018
School of Visual Arts Project Spaces CE
NY, NY

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Searching, a solo show by artist Kathryn Hart. The exhibition will be on view from May 2-30, 2018 in the Project Spaces CE locations at 209 East 23rd Street, Main floor, and 380 2nd Ave, 8th floor. This is Hart’s first solo show at the SVA.

In this solo exhibition, Hart explores the web of emotions confronted in the search to begin anew, and the burden of choice. She continues her dialogue with evolving identity and the hope for new beginnings amidst a maze of emotional conflict, pain, and self-doubt.

Hart offers, “after life leaves us tumbled upside down, completely derailed, we pick ourselves up and begin the search for…personal truth, enlightenment, growth, love, connections, a place to feel comfortable, a place to call home. We even search for the place to start the search. My flightpath was obliterated by an onslaught of happenings – my husband’s cancer, the deaths of both my parents, and my own struggle with an ongoing disease and trauma. How do I move forward?

The search starts with one intent, one thought, one moment, one breath, one catalyst, one cell, one dot. A series of dots, actions, sparks, ideas, or energy becomes a line, a trajectory. Lines reveal potential paths ahead and scars of the ones just followed.”

Kathryn Hart presents this theme across an array of media, which further illustrates the plethora of options for the journey. An on-site installation of hundreds of lines, wires and embedded glass lenses explores the miasma of available routes, some more circuitous and arduous, some involving forced self-reflection. Hart uses these laboriously hand tied knots and line to translate a period of unsettling uncertainty into a path to move forward. Shadowy lines hover behind the actual as beacons or footprints. Ink drawings, reminiscent of ancient cave drawings, indicate the inception of thought and movement. Abstract black and white photographs of found bones allude to structure, life, and an archeological excavation for hidden meanings. There is simplicity and strength in their starkness. The exhibition also includes complex hanging sculptures with line and objects embedded into dense surfaces. In all the presented artworks, Hart examines the dichotomies of movement and stillness, contemplation and decision, and space and line, and the importance of the duality in the search.

“Line represents journey, connections, strength, simplicity, scars, tethers, and choice. Knots can be entanglements, junctures, bindings, obstacles, hurdles, gates and coupling.  I learned suture knots from my plastic surgeon father. His knots would both join and conceal.”

Hart delves into the tension between the search and choice, and ultimately, personal accountability. “We are bound by the choices we make. In the end, my search and its discoveries are all up to me.”

“I am inspired by many artists, particularly the poetry and bravery of Eva Hesse, the bold structures of Lee Bontecou, and the power and personal revelations of Louise Bourgeois.”

Kathryn Hart is a multi-disciplinary artist who exhibits frequently in New York City, throughout Europe, and most recently, Los Angeles. Museum, solo and group shows include Ateneo de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Howland Cultural Center (Beacon, NY), IDEA Space/Colorado College, Andre Zarre Gallery (NYC), the Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), ArtHaus (Denver), Galerie SD Szucha 8 (Warsaw), Galeria 33 (Poland), Zamek w Goluchowie, (Poland), Myslenice Cultural Center (Poland), the Oceanside Museum of Art (CA), Museo de Castello de Estense (Italy), The Mitchell Museum (MD), Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts (Las Vegas), and the Colorado History Museum.

Her artwork is in the public collections of the Ministry of Culture of France, the Ministry of Culture of Poland, the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, the Myslenice Cultural Center (Poland), and many private collections worldwide.

International awards include scholarships from the Council of Europe (2016), and the Ministries of Art and Culture of France and Poland (2015, 2014), and the United Nations Harmony for Peace Award (2010).

Hart is a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.A. from Boston University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has extended studies in art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the City of London Polytechnic. Hart lives in Colorado.

For more information, contact Nika Lopez at ceartwork@sva.edu 212-592-2050. http://www.sva.edu/ce

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm. The artist is available for private discussion and tours from May 20-May 29. Contact Kathryn Hart directly at 214-363-4025 or hart.kathrynd@gmail.com. Visit http://www.KathrynDHart.com for more information.