Produced & Directed by Mark Bennett
Cinematography by Duncan De Young & Mark Bennett
Edited by Phil Maloney
Well, I fell in to a black hole there for a bit. Lots going on, but not much mention of them on the blog. I’ll start trying to catch up.
First thing first
This is my official entry to the emerging artist contest at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
I found something to do with all the failure that’s been piling up over the last couple of years. Painting each ring by hand gave me plenty of time to think about all those fond memories… I am very pleased with the ‘puddle of failure’. This is the first time I’ve ever used colour, and there was no real time for a back up plan. So I was a little edgy!
Hope you like it! (and vote for me!)
ps, no useful rings were intentionally harmed in the making of ‘puddle of failure’
pps, there is lots and lots of ‘failure’ still taking up space in the studio. After all that painting… I think I’ll make some reclaim.
I may not have made any money in Toronto this weekend, but I certainly came home with some awesome things. Some were trades, some were purchases (gotta love the barter system!)
I thought I’d share these profits with you all. Pardon the quick phone photography, my chopping block has never seen such publicity!
I’m back in Newfoundland after a long hot weekend at Toronto Outdoor Art. It has been a hectic time getting ready for such a big show in so little time, but I pulled it off.
The work on offer at this show was incredible. Crossing most disciplines of craft and visual art, there was a perfect blend of established and emerging artists. The quality and mix of work was very impressive. I even got to meet and chat with two of the other nominees for the Gardiner emerging artist competition.
That said, the running of the show was chaotic, at best. The site was under construction, there was new staff, and the rental equipment was slow to arrive. The more experienced volunteers and booth holders I talked to were all confused, and insisted that the show is generally better organized. So I think this was an anomaly, and things will be smooth in the future.
My booth was fairly out of the way. Maybe the construction on the square forced the organizers to put booths wherever they fit. Regardless, I had some great neighbors, and by Saturday morning four of the tents were rearranged and our space was much more accessible and looked way better.
The biggest challenge I faced, was the weather. I’ve experienced cold, foggy, rained out, August Folk festivals in Newfoundland. I have never wished for a festival to be called off due to excess sun and heat. My hottest day so far this summer may have been 25 degrees, but the wind is almost always off the ocean, and the fog often rolls in late in the afternoon. Imagine, how poorly equipped I was to deal with 50 degree heat. Well, high thirties, plus humidity, I heard lots of different numbers, all of them were too friggin hot. I think my brain melted on Friday. Now that I’m home I think I’ll go jump in the ocean to finally cool down.
I didn’t see the crowds I was expecting, but I did meet plenty of great enthusiastic people. I sold enough to cover my expenses (I think, there’s math to do yet), and I have many plans for next year. Including trying to get a booth in the shade!
I’m calling this one a learning experience.
In other exciting news Roz is considering a booth of her own at next years Toronto Outdoor Art
It’s 18 and windy in St John’s. Bright, sunny, and just warm enough.
Made it through the first day of Toronto Outdoor Art. We had a great morning… and then it warmed up. Word at the show was that, including humidity, it hit 50 degrees celsius. For the record, we might see 30, once in a Newfoundland summer, maybe. It was a long day.
My booth is a little out of the way. I didn’t get the traffic I was hoping for, but it was a case of quality vs quantity. I met a bunch of great people today.
So if you are in or near Toronto this weekend, drop by Nathan Philips square for a visit.
Rosalind and I are in – White 139.
See you there!
Yesterday was a difficult day in the studio.
Once again I’m frantically working under a looming deadline, and I messed up. I squeezed out 30 or 40 pounds of rings, and they were all the wrong size. They even took a long time to dry, so by the time I noticed my mistake I had wasted the better part of two days.
Ultimately, it’s no big deal. I have plenty of work ready, and plenty more ready for raku tomorrow. I’m ready for this show. Regardless I have a difficult time moving on from failures like this. They mess with my confidence and can stall perfectly good ideas.
Physically these failures are starting to pile up. There are bags and boxes scattered throughout my studio overflowing with failure. Sometimes I look at them and have powerful memories. The finished piece that crumbled out of my hands and smashed on the floor as I was moving it into the kiln. The many times I over slept and my coiled rings went bone dry on me. Mostly I just step around them and pretend they aren’t there.
It is long past time to deal with this problem, with all its many facets.
Thankfully, I think I have an idea.