|Artist Jimmy Talarico|
Last month I applied for a spot to exhibit my artwork in the Zoot Art Gallery, the biggest gallery in Bozeman. Today I had a phone call from their director telling me I had been selected to show! My exhibition will be March through June 2016, which gives me plenty of time to prepare. It will be a joint show with another local artist. I'm excited for the joint show, it will be a GREAT opportunity to expand my network.
The director said there were 20 applicants and 4 shows to fill and I was a top applicant. She ended the conversation by saying my work was really good and she was excited to see it in person.
Overall this was good validation from within our local art community. It was my first application for exhibition and it took quite a bit of effort. Obviously I couldn't be happier with the results. Very exciting.
It's finished! I turn my piece in for the Museum of the Rockies annual fund raiser tomorrow. And I'm excited about how it turned out and how much exposure will come from this.
Title: "Coming To Terms With Myself"
Medium: Ash, wax, plaster, charcoal, acrylic, copper, and wood.
Dimensions: 36" x 12" x 3".
This piece is about how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others. This is my first piece incorporating copper. Copper is symbolic because it is a metal that does not loose value regardless of how new or old it appears. The copper wires contained within the ash and wax represent our subconscious or internal value; who we are at our core. It may not be perfect, but it is pure. The copper pipe within the plaster is symbolic of how we project ourselves to others. The circular forms of the tubes are more refined yet the finish is tainted. This represents our misconceived notions that who we project ourselves to be is of more value than who we truly are. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to be aware of our ego playing this game on our id and can "see" our situation from outside ourselves. This piece is created at that moment.
So here's some more good news. Friday I was asked by a couple who coordinates fund raising events for the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) if I would be willing to donate one of my paintings for auction.
This is why it's cool: The goal of fundraising events is to, ya know, raise funds. In order to do that through an auction, you need to have things in there that you think others would value. I was honored to be asked to contribute.
Not only does our family love the MOR, but this is another great opportunity for more exposure in my quest for global domination of the arts. People will know me in Bozeman, then maybe Belgrade or Livingston after that. Heck I might even extend my reach to Three Forks before too long! Look out world, here I come. :)
Really though, it is an honor. I have a couple months before the event so now the decision is do I submit a piece I've already done or create a new one? I'll keep you posted...
So I'm almost done with another book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It has been a great book and a quick, easy read. Generally the book is about overcoming Resistance which is the antagonist in any creative's life. It is filled with quick micro-chapters that pack a good punch.
One such micro-chapter called "A Professional Demystifies" states the following, which is worth quoting in full:
I love this idea that we are somewhat removed from the process of "making" the idea of our work. Instead we do the work knowing the idea will come, like preparing a dinner for an invited guest. We anticipate his arrival, we make sure there is a setting waiting for him whenever he decides to show.
So some of you may notice how Google on occasion changes the banner image on their homepage based on commemoration of certain events. Well this past Thursday they caught my eye. The image above was displayed with the text to the right reading "to understand is to stand under which is to look up to which is a good way to understand"...
I may be easily amused, but that text to me was profound. The looseness in the words arrangement, the intentional lack of any punctuation in a sort of run-on tone, and of course the message. It was true and humble. I had to find out who this was. And I gotta say my discovery took me by surprise.
I clicked on the banner and discovered Sister Mary Corita Kent... Sister. As in "nun." An artist, and a nun. And her art was amazing. What I discovered is that she was a very influential person in the pop art movement and had an incredible teaching style to her students in Los Angeles.
This was all such an eye opening experience for me. I've struggled at times with wondering if my faith in a God would cause those who don't to disregard my art as some attempt at propaganda. And if those who share my faith would see my art as heresy because it doesn't fit into some churchy package. I take pride in the honesty of my work, the moments of darkness, and moments of hope. I like that it is raw, and messy, and not fake toward truth (if that makes sense).
So I was inspired. By a nun. That transformed pop art in Los Angeles in the 40s. She didn't do "church" art. She did "truth" art. And because of that and her ability to see the world and affectively communicate her perceptions to others, she was also not only accepted but revered within the art community. Truly someone to aspire to.
If you'd like to find out more about Corita Kent, there is a great YouTube video you can watch here:http://youtu.be/15YDYbNk570
So now what am I up to? Seashells and doilies. That's right. It's another Memories to Masterpiece project. This time in memory of Melinda's grandmother, Carol who passed away almost a year ago. She was a strong woman, and I really enjoyed visiting her. We liked to tease each other, always in fun.
Melinda's mom, Bonnie commissioned me to make a piece for her. She asked that I use Carol's seashell collection and Melinda added the doilies. See, Carol grew up in an upper-class family in Florida, but left it all for a life on the road in Montana after she married Bonnie's dad. So the seashells reference her roots.
She was always put together, keeping a weekly hair appointment and wearing her favorite jewelry every day. She was never afraid to give you her opinion, and her opinion was always right. She was proper, and the doilies reference that quality. It is who she was, and we loved her for it.
So now I'll put it all together as fine art in a piece that will honor Carol, in a way that will become a family heirloom.
So that's what I'm working on now. I'll post as I progress.
Alright, so this is long overdue. This is the art walk update. Apologies for taking so long to get this out. Let's just say I've been busy.
So the first highlight is a legitimate sale, which was very exciting. The piece above was sold to a TA I teach with at MSU. He was eye balling the piece the whole time he was there and finally came out and said, "I really like that piece." Knowing he is a "broke college student" we worked out a deal. Let's just say he would not take it for free, which tells me he values it. How awesome is that?
I had so many people tell me they'd never seen art like mine before, which I took as a huge compliment. Good or bad, at least I'm finding my voice, even if I did get a strange reaction from one older gal during the first art walk.
Here's the story. She came out of the conference rooms where my work was hung and walked over by me. I offered her some wine, she declined. She looked like she was a bit disoriented, and after some awkward silence she turns to me and asks, "Do you have nightmares about earthquakes?"... Uh. No. :) I explained to her how my pieces ultimately are about hope, but hope usually comes after a realization of something missed or unattained. She said, "Huh." And kinda just left. It was pretty fun.
The other big moment for me was when an older gentleman and his wife came to see my work. I put up narratives with each piece and I could tell they were really taking their time reading and observing what was on the walls. When they walked out of the conference rooms this man had tears in his eyes then noticed I was the artist. His mouth kind of dropped and he walked up to me. With the utmost respect and appreciation he said, "Thank you so much for showing your work publicly." I was floored. We talked for about 5 more minutes and parted ways. All I could think was, "This is exactly why I am an artist." Incredible.
I found both of these books through the blog www.brainpickings.org which is an incredible resource for creative types.
Why these two books? Well, I love that Conversations With Picasso is literally written like you are sitting in a room with the man, and I find that to be a priceless opportunity. And Steal Like an Artist is helping me to stay focused on strengthening my creative muscles and motivating me to keep pushing forward with my work.
This summer was intense with getting pieces ready for the art walk and the fall has been crazy with work and teaching ARCH 151 at MSU. But these books are my opportunities to remain actively engaged in my creative work and help me take that next deep breath so I can start another push.
Thought I'd share this event poster. I will be emailing this out this week to some friends and clients. If you're local, please feel free to share or let me know if you'd like the image emailed to you. Thanks everyone!
Well I took a few hours this afternoon to get my pieces up for the Art Walk. I'm happy with how it turned out. I was asked to show for the September Art Walk as well so I will work on adding some sculptures to a front display wall, as well as replacing any pieces that may sell (fingers crossed!).
The opening reception is this Friday from 6PM to 8 PM. The address is 411 East Main St in Bozeman on the corner of Rouse and Main. I'll be there the whole time so please come by if you're in town!... And tell your friends.
The show will be up through September and you can come by the space anytime during CTA business hours, Monday through Friday 8AM - 5PM. Or by appointment with me.
All of my work is available online at:
Thanks for your support. Here we go!
Jimmy & Melinda Talarico
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