Every artist has a prefered method of showing their work, either to a gallery, or to the public in general. In this issue, I am asking you to share your experiences and opinions on these matters with me so I can share on this blog for everyone.
I have asked you readers for your experiences before, on matters involving presenting your art, and as a result, we have received all kinds of wonderful advice from a large variety of artists. So today, I want to put some questions to you regarding presenting your art work and see if you can send me some of your experiences or advice. I will them publish the responses I get. You can post here under comments, or you can email me here.
So one basic question is:
How do you present your work in a portfolio when you are approaching a gallery for the first time?
If you use three dimensional format, and show actual works, do you show actual pieces if they are small, and in what kind of presentation? For larger pieces, do you show photographs?
Do you use a portfolio for paper pieces? Or do you bring framed works and canvas works after the first meeting and interest is shown?
Do you have a go-to frame that you prefer for presenting your work? Please elaborate and share brand and retail mega deals if you know any!
If you use digital format do you bring an IPad? Or have an online website that you get them to see?
Please send me your thoughts, ideas and experiences! I will compile the data all of you send me and share it a soon to follow edition of this blog.
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, knowledge and expertise!
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Paintings by J. Kirstein
“I have always felt as though I come from some place very far away, and the only way I am able to sustain myself on this planet is through creating through painting and writing.” J. Kirstein
“The big idea is to work with the elegant solution of simplicity and constraint. Within a constraint you have an infinity of possibilities to explore.” Nancy Hillis in “The Artist’s Journey.”
“The Dark Night of the Soul happens over and over for every artist. The transformation of creating your deepest work lives at the edge of your struggle.” Nancy Hillis from “The Artist’s Journey.”
Janis Kirstein is a painter, photographer, and writer, but primarily a painter. She combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. In the work we see here, the energy is loose and spontaneous, at times nearly explosive, betraying the level of discipline required in both the composition and the technique.
“I love making collages,” states Kirstein. “Action painting has been my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, using Sumi-E ink and a Haiki brush. I add torn scraps of Japanese rice paper and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil – even glitter, all to capture the free flowing creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.”
“To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I make use of transparent layering. My canvases and paper works range in size, the scale of my pieces ranging from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver; much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.”
Kirstein speaks of her work using cosmic nomenclature suggesting a meaningful spiritual component. Abstraction opens the mind to welcome a subjective interpretation, and it can be fascinating to imagine the range of response, yet the calculated choice made by the artist even when they are giving themselves over to the organic experience of creative expression will usually be a guide for the viewer.
Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2018 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. In addition to his work at the LVA, Keith is also the Managing Editor of a website, Arts-Louisville.com, which covers local visual arts, theatre, and music in Louisville.