In 11 days I’ll be getting ready for the Opening Night of Secrets Can… You’re all invited! Mark your calendars for Friday, February 5th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Kirkland Arts Center. There will be wine, beer, food, and lots of folks to chat with. Oh, and FANTASTIC ART! This week I will be picking up artwork from five galleries and one artist and receiving artwork from another gallery. There is something so exciting and scary about seeing the artwork for the first time in person. I have only seen 13 artworks in person so far. Online photos simply do not do them justice. You cannot see the texture of the paint or intricacies of a figure’s eyes. I feel like I have decent spatial reasoning and yet I’m always surprised at how much smaller or bigger a painting feels when it is revealed to me for the first time. Colleen has often seen me struggle with the tape measure so I can wrap my head around how big a piece actually is, but it just doesn’t matter until I see the piece in person. That seems to be the moment it “clicks” in my brain. I fall in love with the artwork all over again like the first time I had seen it on the artist's or gallery’s website.
My relationships with the pieces change too. There have been pieces of artwork that I had initially connected with due to the content and the concept of my exhibit. But working with the images for marketing materials or seeing the paintings and photos in a gallery or at a hand-off means my relationship deepens. I see details of the work and speak to individuals who created or curated the work as well and my connection to the piece intensifies. The most exciting thing for me as an art-lover in the context of this show (beyond getting to work creatively with artwork, artists, and other gallery professionals), is that I’ve noticed my aesthetics change. Pieces that would never have drawn me in if they were hung on a sterile white wall in some museum now hold deep meaning for me and occupy a special place in my heart thanks to the ECI process and my concept. I sincerely hope there are pieces in the show that speak to visitors in a similar way.
As I triage tasks and attempt to solve last-minute problems on the fly, I’ll be updating the social media for the exhibit. You should follow along and tell your friends. I promise I don’t post so much that I’d spam your feeds. It’s @secretscan_kac on Instagram and Twitter.
More eyes on the social media means more eyes on the artwork, artists, and galleries. True, there are some artists that make obscene amounts of money (cough Koons cough), but there are so so many more than do what they do for the love of it and every artwork sold or appreciated helps. Every artist and gallery that I’ve worked with so far has been fantastic and supportive. This show would be nothing without them. I’d like to encourage you to check out their websites and social media accounts as well. If you are the next ECI student or just someone who feels like they need a bit of art appreciation now and then, you’ll enjoy what you see!
Leslie Balleweg (see Howard / Mandville Gallery)
Raul Campos (see Hall | Spassov Gallery)
Diem Chau (see G. Gibson Gallery)
Doug Keyes (see G. Gibson Gallery)
Ellen Heck (see Davidson Galleries)
Friese Undine (see Traver Gallery)
Nick Kosciuk (see Hall | Spassov Gallery)
Piper O'Neill (see G. Gibson Gallery)
Samantha Scherer (see G. Gibson Gallery)
Amy Spassov (see Hall | Spassov Gallery)
SylC (see Hall | Spassov Gallery)
Here’s my not-so-secret secret of the day: my success is not my success. I remember a quote from glass artist, Preston Singletary, from the first TEDxRainier I went to in 2013. He attributed it as a Maori saying and it is as follows: "My accomplishments are not mine alone but those of many." From Colleen and Anna and other KAC staff to Wilson O’Donnell and Grant to my family and my friends who have been “liking” stuff on social media - you’re support is so appreciated. You have no idea.
Until next time and with much love,Becca