Another solo exhibit has wrapped up and I didn't think it was possible, but I was even happier about it than the last. The location of Glow Gallery was in the heart of Buffalo's creative district so people that came out could explore the many restaurants and bars after the reception. Not only that, this was my first gallery show so everything from sales to bar service is taken care of. All I had to do was show up and not get too drunk. Check and check. Here are a few photos I've managed to wrangle up from the night. I always forget to take pictures or ask someone else to do it. Thank you to everyone that came out to support me and mental health research. I am lucky to have such a wonderful network of people around me.
My second exhibition will be held at Glow Gallery in Buffalo, NY. It is entitled In Memory and focuses on the mind's ability to change an experience. I will juxtapose photographs that I have used to create paintings to showcase the changes that my mind imposes on the memory. This usually takes the form of embellishments, decoration, or romanticizing certain elements like light to create a dreamy, indefinite scene.
The subject matter ranges from the remembrance of lost loved ones, or changing urban and natural scenes (in Buffalo) , but the primary focus of the exhibition is to showcase a person's ability to change objective reality (a photo) into a subjective state of being (the painting).
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I am contributing artwork to a wonderful blog, Hart's Haven, that supports the efforts of often marginalized people, their advocates, and allies. Dr. Jane Hart Dewey, PhD is an early career psychologist with developing clinical expertise in the areas of LGBT identity development, affirmative psychotherapy and trauma recovery.
I believe my work fits into the scope of this blog, as I too have an interest in exploring the mental landscape through visual and anecdotal means. I feel very strongly that openness in our society about one's mental state is lacking, and if I can support someone that seeks to open a dialogue on this topic, I will.
It's been awhile since I've last updated this blog, but I felt it necessary to give a heartfelt thank you to those that helped me with my art show and came out for the night. It was a very special night to me and encouraged me to continue showing my artwork.
I am hosting my first solo art show. Thirty five pieces will be displayed and I have depicted scenes and themes from my life since the death of my brother, Andrew, through suicide. It's been over 2 years since he passed away and I have finally felt comfortable enough to share and discuss what life has become after death. The exhibition will largely be shown in chronological order starting with pieces done weeks after his death. Because this is my first show, I am still developing a personal style and the exhibition shows a progression of complexity and themes. I explore feelings of isolation, guilt, hope, and love in these 35 pieces and I identify with symbolist, surrealist, and impressionistic styles.
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|Here's the desk I primarily work on. I have my drawing board, pastels, colored pencils, and view of Ossington subway station for those times when I want to watch people enter illegally or be drunk publicly.|
|This is my tool drawer that is packed with pastels, pencils, pens, and rubber bands (??).|
|If I look to my right, this is generally what I'll see. It's a cat.|