Crossing the great divide.
It has been over a year since I've opened a show. Tomorrow I leave the solitary studio mindset and showtime starts! I am still surprised that a show in a museum or New York City gallery is not the the most exciting part of the job, is not the reward for months of labor that it would seem to be.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for the opportunity to show and sell work.
The mindset of showing art is very different from the studio headspace of making and discovery. Personal doubt, demands for explanations, unmet expectations, and finalizing details of the exhibition space are all things that don't enter the studio practice - oh, and looking at the same work and not new work. Tomorrow I will cross the divide after a year of studio focus and with a second show scheduled in November I will probably not be fully back in the flow of deep studio creative practice until January. Which is why the daily drawing practice is so important, rest assured, even if the path gets narrow the spirit is kept alive.
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