Once Upon a Time in America…

A very long time back now, I think it was at the start of 2019, I sent some artworks to Rochester Contemporary Art Center in upstate NY. These little pieces are to be shown in the RoCo 6×6 show which opens next weekend.  I’m a big fan of shows that are inclusive, non-exploitative, share art with the world, and simultaneously raise money for the venue itself. It’s for these reasons that I’ve been showing at RoCo 6×6 almost every year since 2014 and I’m already thinking about next year’s entry.

I’m all for anything that breaks the psychological boundaries between the exclusive white cube space and the general public. Too often galleries run outreach programs which don’t reach far enough, or they run ‘Open’ exhibitions as fundraisers which aren’t very open at all.

RoCo 6×6 breaks the mold in that the gallery openly welcomes, and encourages, the local community to stand shoulder to shoulder with national and international talent.  There is no elitism here, just creativity and expression.  The pseudophilosophical nepotism of the big bucks ‘Art World’ is turned on its head and everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has an opportunity to shine.

Online preview of the show has already begun, and the opening party is on June 1st. For just $20 you can own a 6″ x 6″ slice of quality art. You’ll have to be quick though. Often people are queuing through the door to get their hands art they love.

All the money from sales goes straight to the gallery. So what if I haven’t earned a penny from contributing my art. At least I haven’t been charged a fortune by the gallery for ‘exposure’ and ‘opportunity’. Instead I gain a warm feeling that I’m helping a gallery who really cares about its community.

The show runs until July 14th so if you’re in the area you have plenty of time to see the show. You can find Rochester Contemporary Art Center on East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604.

My contributions this year are pencil crayon drawings based on my Bad Pennies series. Here’s one of my pieces below. I hope they sell!

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Now showing…

My latest collection of Headstones is now showing exclusively at The Workers Gallery in Wales. I’m not exhibiting a lot in galleries this year so this is pretty much your only chance to see these pieces in the flesh and get a chance to buy these strange little creatures. Other planned exhibitions for later in 2019 will be in Rochester NY, Edinburgh UK.

I love the Workers Gallery because it is the kind of place that still believes in little artists like me, and championing access to art for anyone and everyone. These days I avoid the stuffy traditional art world and instead favor shows and locations that think outside of the white cube space. As an artist I feel it is my duty to challenge myself and the conventions of the world around me. The Workers Gallery have always encouraged me to believe in experimentation, and believe in myself and my own abilities.

Visiting the gallery today really helped inspire me to move my art forward. It’s been a long journey for me during the last year or so in trying to find inspiration and purpose. I’d previously felt my relevance and reasoning were waning. But now I have ideas and visions about the next step in the Headstones collection. Thanks to today’s drive over the Maerdy Mountain, I think my mojo is finally back!

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Headstones