Art Vent Letting the Fresh Air In
August 14, 2011
Often, as a guest artist, I meet people from far-flung parts of the country who want to know how they can have an art career if they live in, say, Akron (apologies to Akron, if it has a vibrant scene I don’t know about). They often look startled at the suggestion that they could perhaps move, when, in any other profession, normal procedure would be to go where the opportunities are. It’s possible for some people, I suppose, to make great art in a vacuum, but most of the time when artists aren’t actively part of the bigger conversation, the work lags.
There is, however, another option: make your own scene.
Artist-run galleries, publications, coops that convert industrial buildings for studio space, or even pop-up exhibitions, are just some of the ways artists can band together and take charge of their own environment. This summer, in out-of-the-way places—
|Nina Zurier, Sleepwalking, 2011, inkjet print, 34" x 18".|
|John Zurier, Iceland (loft), 2011, ink on paper, 11.6" x 8.2".|
|Jack in his studio.|
And then I just couldn't resist taking a photo of what has to be the most beautiful bathroom in the world, which echoes the blue theme: