Metalcasting in India–the video

So many thanks to American Corner for providing a cool place to think and work while it’s 108 F in Ahmedabad. Thanks to Ratilal Kansodaria for providing the space and materials to work with. Thanks to Sheth CN College of Fine Art for the studios and fine students to make this trip the enormous success it is. Thanks to the people of Ahmedabad and Nagrik Society for their friendship; to Bandish Soparkar for the fab room in a fab apartment & Namrata Deol for her gentle kindness & infectious laugh. So many more went into the piece but this is the beginning  of a narrative of eight months in India, unfunded. It was a dream that became a reality.

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Return of the Combustible Alchemist

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I have been remiss in attending to this weblog for a good while now, thinking about the cosmological implications of gyroscopic existence and the impact of world events. History often hypnotizes and art making can polarize. Foibles of the day make for good copy but one must not insulate unabated.

Soon I am to travel to distant shores because that’s what I do. I move around in search of stories I can tell myself and others. Not so much a search for meaning; perhaps a bit of running from and toward, perhaps the unquenchable thirst for new narratives, stimuli and conundrums to ponder. This trip I am in search of camaraderie that elusive state of being I am in want of. Spirit and legend call. There is a kind of deficit in this regards that is being filled over the vibrations, the frequencies of the Internet to a place called India. There may appear, genie-like out of a fabulous bottle, ideologies I can live through and with. We shall see. More on that later.

Last Saturday at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, I was part of the select group of artists who converged for the first professional development workshop through Creative Capital, a supportive organization out of Manhattan. Run by art business professionals and artists, it helps put the pedal to the metal with the review of useful tools and suggestions to make one savvy and directed to one’s career goals and promotion particulars. This is the website site and if you scroll to the bottom you can watch Dread Scott talk turkey: http://www.creative-capital.org/pdp.

During this week, besides working in studio, I made plans to see what’s shaking in the NYC art world. For too long, I have breathe metal dust and bone shards, drumming up text to knit tactility with ephemeral essences. I also became familiar with the most interesting galleries I had little idea existed. Sometimes one can get insulated into a narrow stream of art making, forgetting how much other disciplines inform the passions past and present. To Colleen, Emma, Dread and Aaron, I thank you, as well as others from CC who I have not mentioned. Gallery Aferro is an enjoyable space for discussion and viewing art. We embark on the small road leading to the big, our sense of self intact and ready for the nearest skyrocket.

I wanted to add a few websites that gave enlightening information on the art market’s foibles and conditions: http://observer.com/2011/07/kiefer-fever/
Interesting to note that the school you went to can figure into pricing: http://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2016/03/29/how-to-price-your-artwork/

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