I just returned home from West Chester PA, where I took part in a critique that Jeff Schaller (http://jeffschaller.com/) orchestrates each month, without offending anyone nor doping the "F Bomb" It seems to have been the biggest group on record (I understand that some months its as few as 6). It was comprised of 21 artist from West Chester and surrounding areas. Career levels where across the board as was artistic style.
Because of the mass numbers each person was only able to have the spot light for 5 min, so that end was probably not terribly useful for me, since i get more than my fair share of crits, being a grad student. The second half of the night was spent establishing goals. Being a student i have the educational program to keep me on track, but here are the goals I presented tonight to have accomplished for next month:
1. Get my Ass into the career center so in 18 months i don't only have 2 art degrees and 8 years of tattoo and piercing shop experience but some kind of experience and career direction to move me forward.
2. Academic reading above and beyond theory assignments that will help me talk about my work being image driven above concept driven. Right now i am reading Jasper Johns: Writings Sketches and Interviews
3. By the next meeting in February i will have some of the box paintings in resin and i have have at least one structure built for my "sign" paintings.
P.S. I also started another yellow painting and worked on two small layer paintings today... i will post about those in a couple days. For now its bed time.
P.P.S Jeff said he will be my mentor next fall. Word