14 months old!
Well, 8 days ago...
I've been busily preparing for my upcoming show at GRACE in Reston Va next month, but before I give an update on that and what else I've been up to I want to get something down. Hopefully there's a couple blog-readers left after my 35-day comics marathon.
One reason I did that, and plan to do a couple more series like it, was some thinking brought on by discussions of the "cult of youth" at Ed Winkleman's blog among other places. Reading that blog and PaintersNYC one get the idea that if you're not snapped up by a major gallery by the time you're out of grad school you're washed up career-wise.
I don't buy this of course - I can't because I'm 36! It's dumb because ones art-making carrer and ones art-world career are linked, but separate. The studio work takes hard looking and thinking and pulling out of hair to get to moments of triumph that noone sees but me. The art-world success takes work too, but luck is a big part of it.
I started thinking of what advantages the non-baby artist had over the young folks, and one thing is experience. And in art, experience means a trail of work behind you. So I figured I'd feature some work from the past that either never got published or shown, or only a few people saw - I started with the Charles Schulz Peanuts tribute (originally published in Top Shelf), then the " " story I finished posting yesterday.
Tomorrow - Reston and other show updates. I've been busy...
Posted by w at 09:08