Art Update

 

September 29, 2005

        It’s time for an art update, a progress report on Curvism.

 

Art? Don’t talk to me of art! I don’t give a shit for art! It’s only monkey-business, and not the best kind at that. No, I don’t give a hoot in hell for art! It’s artists that matter. The people who sweat over the stuff. The poor crazy slobs who waste their lives away over an easel, a typewriter, a piano.

Edward Abbey
Confessions of a Barbarian
May 20, 1956

 

        Eight years ago today, I had just finished reading Edward Abbey’s journal writings (Confessions of a Barbarian) and made the decision to start writing again in my own journal. Back then, I was a struggling artist, unknown to the art world. These days I’m still mostly unknown and still struggling to keep my art alive while still earning a living as a mental health therapist. I’m hoping that will soon change. I have long wished that my art could feed me and my family, that I could make an honest living making art. I still believe Curvism can help change the world.

        Over this past year, I finished twenty elliptical earth paintings that I started several years ago. These landscapes complement and balance the series of heaven paintings that I showed at Flanders art gallery in 2003. Finishing these paintings was delayed by my work on the shrine project. In the past year, I also added to my photography collection of self-portraits of my shadow, hand, or foot touching the earth. Most of these photographs are also elliptical in nature. All in all, good progress for a struggling artist.

        My art dealer, Doug Flanders in Minneapolis, is also making progress. In this past year, he moved his art gallery to a bigger place in a better location. However, in the process of moving, he collected additional debt to add to his existing debt. He, too, struggles over art. Flanders and I continue to debate the question, “What is the value of art?” We have both decided the value of art has very little to do with the value of money. For us, art and life are connected, inseparable.

        My third art show at Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery is tentatively scheduled for early 2006. Exactly how large the show will be is still undecided. I’m hoping it will be big enough to include forty shrines, fifteen elliptical landscapes, thirty to forty photographs, thirty elliptical drawings, and some historical Curvism art. I’m going to Minneapolis this weekend to meet with Flanders to discuss details and strategies.

        In spite of some progress, I find myself in almost exactly the same position I was in eight years ago at the beginning of my journal. I’m waiting, wondering what will happen next. I’m hoping this art show will take Curvism to the next higher level with the help of an understanding patron, positive reviews, and major museum involvement. I’m hoping to change the art world, hoping to shake them up and wake them up. It’s time to leave postmodernism behind. It’s time for Curvism!