…once upon a time I submitted two pieces of my art to an Art Exhibition, and not just any exhibition, but a Sierra College 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition. Sierra College being a great place to study art, design and what not – I had my hopes up. The exhibit was held between March 17th and May 15th 2014, but it’s only now, in January 2015 that I managed to post a report on this, should I say, ground braking ribbon-cutting event.
I guess I was too shy to admit I didn’t win… anything. If I did it would take me even longer. What I did get from participating is much more valuable than College prizes – experience and free reception buffet at the opening ceremony. I’ll share more on the former, but the latter was served by California Organics and I still have vague memories of the delicious delicacies they prepared for the starving artists alike. Needless to say the food was gone some 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony and since I had nothing else to do, me and my girlfriend (who inspired this adventure in the first place, love you Harmony), took a walk to see what other folks came up with.
Now back to that “experience” piece. You see, if you’ve never been to an art exhibit you’re missing out on a lot of fun, free food and sometimes some fire water. But of course, this is not what these elegant events are designed for. They are launching pads, for the future DaVinci’s and Warhole’s to show off themselves and laugh at others, if you’re so inclined. I’ve been to art receptions before, some of my artist friends would do one of these to celebrate their “new” collection they’ve been working on for the last 7 years, after seeing which you’d wonder – did they wait for 6 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 6 days and concocted their entire collection on the last day through sheer desperation or they stole kindergarden drawings from a kid next door and hope nobody will notice? Sometimes it would actually be decent to put it in the bathroom. In any a case, there was always something nonchalant about these events and I wow’d to take part in one myself.
Fools wish granted! Here I am, with one of my scrappy pictures, no, not the one on the right, it’s that dark black one on the left that looks like a cover for Black Sabbath album (mind the glare, it’s actually the ghosts of the not-dead passerby’ers), only without the band. The other scrappy picture was not accepted, maybe it was too scrappy, I don’t know, I was called “Chocolate”. This one is called “Unfolding” and it still haunts the Library of NC campus, as I forgot to pick it up after the exhibit was over.
Here it is in all it’s Wondrous Beauty.
And here’s the “Chocolate”:
Next day after the Opening ceremony it was the time to collect all the junk that wasn’t accepted. It was when I picked up the copy of the Chocolate. Here is where I get a kick – one of the professors looks at me and says – “We almost gave you an award, you know. Keep working on it kid.” Whow, that’s worth more than $100 Art Supply gift voucher! That’s called Encouragement! And as it goes, no good deed goes unpunished, I continue working on it, spending countless hours of rendering time, trying to find the “Perfect Fractal”, but mostly just having fun and getting ready for this years Sierra College Student Art Exhibition. Maybe Ill see you there and you can tell me all about how much you hate this kind of art, if you can even call this art at all. Until then, let it render!