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Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists

Why do we have fiscal sponsorship for artists? Anyone remember Piss Christ by Andres Serrano? Yeah, that one – the one where Serrano received about $20,000 in tax-payer money to create art. In my mind, nothing wrong with that – he’s an artist who had a provocative photograph, and that’s pretty normal in contemporary art – but there were several conservative politicians who did take exception and, as luck would have it, these politicians managed to change how the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) would distribute tax dollars to artists. Before this controversy, the NEA offered grants to individual artists.

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Abstract Minimalist Portraits

I haven’t done a Kickstarter proejct for a while, mostly because I’m just not the kind of artist who needs a lot of “one-off” projects fulfilled. My most pressing need at the moment is studio space, and I’ve been working on my Patreon page to get me to a point where I can have on-gong long-term relationships that help me create art on a regular basis. However, when I saw that Kickstarter was going to be doing a Commissions project, I knew that this type of project would work well for me on that platform. The project is specifically about

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art you can imagine
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Southwest Harbor Exhibit Opening Night

About that Southwest Harbor exhibit opening night! What a week it’s been. Being busy isn’t even the word. Despite all the happenings leading up to opening night, the hanging, reception, and artist talk at the Southwest Harbor Public Library (Abstract Ideas, Art You Can Imagine) all went off without a hitch. I had about 10 people come, with about five coming early expecting the talk to begin at 5:30 instead of at 7:00. That’s my fault, as I wasn’t clear about the talk’s time. Still, the exhibit looks good. Twenty-seven pieces hanging throughout. I’m pretty happy with that, and how

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Abstract Ideas. Art You Can Imagine

  Conceptual art now dominates the art world. It’s not the skill of the artwork that’s the most important element in the creative process, but the idea behind it instead. I work in abstract ideas – ideas not completely defined – that allow me to create works, even longer projects, that give us something to think about. It’s art you can imagine. For example, imagine watching the news and the reporter tells you something is fact even though you might not agree with it. There’s a gap between you and the reporter isn’t there? His or her information doesn’t line

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Why Artists Should Sign Their Work

  I haven’t had a good rant post in a while, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the act of signing artwork. More specifically: how the chic way to sign an artwork these days is to not sign at all. And I’ve thought a lot about why I sign my work, too. However, I’ve never really come up with a better answer than “it’s mine and therefore I should take credit for it.” This goes back to my feeling that we should be declarative in what we do. I don’t buy into this idea that “God gives me the

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Exhibit at the Northeast Harbor Public Library

Today we hung the exhibit and tomorrow we open for the month of April at the Northeast Harbor Public Library on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. This will represent my US debut, and I’m excited. It’s an excellent location for exposure to a great community. Galleries and museums are nice, but the location is often just as important, and in this town the library is probably just as valuable, maybe more so. There’s just a few more tweaks to do tomorrow afternoon before we officially open, but fingers are crossed that all goes well, and not just for tomorrow but for

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