Serena and I had lunch again yesterday at the Happy Hen in Fort Ann. This time we had the chocolate cake.
After discussing the show at at Gallery 99, we got to talking about the Pig Barn Gallery. The first show will be in the beginning of June. The working title, “From Everyday to Art”. The theme being the everyday and the mundane made into art. There would be 5 artists: Jon ( his everyday objects photos), Diane Swanson (paintings on computer parts), Jack Metzger ( found object sculptures and photos) Serena ( Gourd Art, that’s Serena in the photo with some of her work at Gallery 99) and my everyday stitch scenes made from recycled clothing.
We were thinking of ways to be more inclusive. A way of bridging the gap between artists and audience.
I thought of some of the things that always made me uncomfortable in galleries and museums:
The funeral silence. The expectation to say something “knowledgable” about the work. The fear of saying something “stupid”. Feeling bad about not buying something. Being ignored by the person at the front desk. Being watched by the person at the front desk. Feeling like my clothes or glasses aren’t funky or hip enough compared to the other people in the gallery.
I’d love to know what you think, let me know your likes and dislikes about your gallery experiences and maybe we can avoid the bad and incorporate the good.