gRAPHICaNATOMY

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

 

Crawling Friday Night.



I started in Shadyside, this place used to be loaded with galleries. Now its down to about three. It's always kinda sad to see galleries close.
Then moved on to Penn Ave., Garfield.
I was very impressed by the Batiks of Rushyan Yen at he International Children's Art Gallery. Gorgeous scenes of vibrant colors on flowing silk. I also enjoyed the way she displayed them in the space. It was a treat to walk through them. She was more than willing to educate the crowd about the techniques. This was a great show for the ICAG.



I had high hopes for Masha Vereshenko at Modern Formations. She was showing small intimate pieces of ink on wood. And she does have a very recognizable style. As if it is influenced by Byzantine icon work. But I wanted more. It didn't seem to fill the space.
Finally, I wandered back down to Butler street ; the "We Need More" collective took over the Blue Moon Cafe and had their own art show. These guys are go- getters. There was tons of artwork, all brightly colored. And I commend them for the DIY attitude.

Because you have to "DIY" as an artist. You have to put yourself out there, make tons of work and look for any and all opportunities. No one else is going to hustle for you, like you. More & more galleries want to charge the artist upfront fees rather than SELL work for a commission. And with the internet and access to technology this is the best time ever to self- represent yourself as an artist. And when you do get a space, gallery or otherwise, use it to the best of your advantage.

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