The biggest complaint heard at art fairs is “there’s nothing new. It’s all the same old stuff.”
Sometimes that’s legitimate. There are artists who find a “formula” that works for them and every piece they produce looks the same. There are painters who brag (to other artists — not to the buying public) that they can paint a 4×6 foot panel in about 2 hours. They paint the same thing over and over. It’s production art.
I hate to say this of my colleagues, but there are a handful of photographers who haven’t updated their work in years either. It’s the same images, over and over and over.
Hey, we all need to make a living, but doesn’t that get boring after a while?
We all struggle with keeping our work fresh, vibrant and meaningful — and attractive to patrons. But we have to experiment, grow and stretch if our work is to have any consequence over a lifetime.
This year, I’m starting down another path: pastel painted mats for my hand-altered Polaroid images. I’m showing these mixed media originals for the first time in Louisville next weekend, April 26-27, at Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.
Unlike my limited editions, there’s only one of these. Each is an original pastel painting or drawing. I only have a few right now, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in reserving one before the show or to see thumbnails of the whole (limited) collection.