PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
For the next 13 months we'll discuss the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of exhibiting in art shows as emerging artists and established artists. Exhibition coverage will be balanced with tips on how to strategically build a legacy over a length of time, in a way that makes sense to your individual goals as an artist.
Join us each month! There will be surprises around every corner, with photos, videos, SNAG conference coverage, and occasional interviews by rising artists!
Latest Activity: Jul 17
Like many of us, early on in college I saw the similarities of foundry sculpture and metalsmithing jewelry. In both cases I started with an idea, and transformed that idea from concept to reality out of wax and burnable objects. In both cases I plaster coated the original, kiln fired it, melted metal, and poured it into the negative space.
I saw that sculpture and jewelry were the same, interchangeable.
The only difference between the two: one form of art is heavier, more apt to be immobile and decorative, and the other form is smaller, more apt to be mobile and functional. What was missing was a way to bridge the two. And over the years I saw I’m not the only one who wants to bridge that gap and dispel myths that jewelry is less than, instead of equal to, other mediums accepted as a fine art.
The new movement: Bridgism.
Bridgism describes bridging the gap between art that’s considered craft and art that’s considered fine art- blurring the line so the line doesn't exist or matter. Equalling the playing field, where both are equally recognized and revered.
Bridgism summarizes the current crossover in the worldwide art scene. Applied artists are getting their work shown in fine art shows and galleries, and established fine artists are dabbling in, and experimenting with the applied arts. As an example, check out Claire Oliver Gallery's "Beyond Bling: The Artist as Jeweler" show in NYC, November 2012. More galleries are following suit, opening their arms, doors, and collecting clientele to jewelers. I plan on showcasing some of the artists involved in this crossover in upcoming entries.
The resurgence of artists today is reminiscent of the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement of the 1980’s, the Pasadena Arts and Crafts movement of the 1920’s, the German Bauhaus movement of the 1930’s, and even the American Arts and Crafts movement during the 1960’s. You fit into the big picture because you’re an artist within this movement, and this movement has the ability to change the mainstream collective view so jewelry is accepted as a conduit of high fine art.
Last weekend, Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco brought together some of the best international contemporary paper artists for a group show cleverly named "Paper Cuts." The exhibition's curator, Jessica Ross, kindly shared some insight behind the works themselves, the inspiration of the show, and the role paper art and fine craft plays in the big picture of fine art._____________RR: As described, "Largely seen as a style of craft art, Paper Cuts seeks to investigate the intersection between…Continue
Art Palm Beach entered it's 17th year this January, promising to showcase the biggest blending of fine and applied disciplines of art yet. I just stepped out of the vast expanse that is the Palm Beach Convention Center, and am compelled to happily share the very large fine craft presence on view this weekend! This blog post is mostly pictures than text, in order to emphasize and give full credit to, the incredible amount of jewelry, glass, and ceramics showing among paintings and sculpture.…Continue
Another facet of the Showing Publicly portion of the blog, The Curatorial Eye, allows me to share the inside scoop behind the scenes of putting together a nationwide exhibition. This week I was able to interview Ellen Schinderman, founder and curator of the annual exhibition "Stitch Fetish II." "Stitch Fetish II," held every February at The Hive Gallery & Studios in downtown Los Angeles, continues to explore the art of the stitch, revealing the fetishized secrets lurking in the minds of…Continue
Who hasn’t fallen victim to one’s own hubris with the clock? Errors await, obstacles sneak in, and before you know it, the midnight deadline has passed, and after a quiet “Damn it” spoken to yourself, you swear you’ll never cut it that close to the wire again. But you do. We all do.We procrastinate on starting projects, fulfilling deadlines, and try our hardest to cram it all in during the 11th hour. Procrastination handicaps our progress, hurts our performance, sabotages our goals, and blocks…Continue
Want to submit to international shows but don't know where to start? During the SNAG Conference segment: "Purple Cow, Sacred Cow, Cash Cow" the speakers discussed that by thinking differently in our field, you can set yourself ahead of the rest of the pack. Not only were attendees encouraged to think outside the norm in regards to finding, getting, and capitalizing on opportunities ranging from galleries to magazines, the speakers practically handed over the key formulas to attendees in order…Continue
Sculpturings artist Rebecca Rose is the winner of this year’s Halstead Grant for design excellence and business strategy acumen in the silver jewelry market.Davenport, FL - - Halstead is proud to announce that Sculpturings entrepreneur Rebecca Rose of Davenport, FL…Continue
Imagine your biggest dream. Now imagine a bigger one, really allowing yourself to release the ceilings of your imagination. Look beyond your own existence, beyond your own life, beyond money and fame, and flirt with the big picture of your art however you define it.Look beyond this generation, or however many years you believe you have left on this planet, and think: What will your art have left the world? Consider that your creations, your pieces, will outlast you in years, and that your art…Continue
I regularly attend Art Basel Miami Beach held in South Beach every December, but this year I was presented with a highly unusual opportunity to attend Art Basel 44 in Basel, Switzerland. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up, and thought to myself, I can share this worldwide event with the crafthaus community! (For those unaware of the glory that is Art Basel, check out this link: https://www.artbasel.com/en/Basel ) This Art Basel 44 post, as…Continue