After a long delay I have finally re-launched my Blog (NOTES page on my website) with the title, Creative Collector. Creative Collector was born out of my relationship and exposure to all things art particularly in Rochester, New York.
Some time ago my engagement in the arts community was constructively criticized as "casting a wide net." This is true and when examined optimistically- this approach is very effective for a young-ish professional. I am able to work in the arts industry (this is a blessing for many art grads) I am surviving- and I need my wide net to sustain my life. However, as I have grown, my net has become more refined- returning or passing on other opportunities to those in need of a catch to start their careers in the arts. You can't do it all- but you can do much with friends. Thus the Creative Collector.
Meet the Pterodaustro!
The art-world is so vast it can be like an ocean of information we are processing (collecting) everyday. I include- fashion, music, performance, media, design, historical exhibitions, advertisements, 2-D art, 3-D art & food, into my art sea, where we are splashing around daily. Some of the art we are exposed to is great- and it does affect us on a conscious or subconscious level. Like my friend the Pterodaustro, (selectively taking in the nutrients it needed to survive), we ingest the art we need to create a better sense of self awareness, identity and happiness. We all process, formulate an opinion about art, and create art every day.
Where this Blog will take us!
So here lies the Creative Collector where I take items, actions, plans, exhibitions, and art- and write about them. I am attempting to create a platform that will show the excitement associated with developing an exhibition or maintaining a collection. I aim to show you the behind the scenes (fly on the wall) look into artist studios, institutions, collections and galleries which house so many exciting objects and works of art which are not often seen. And Lets Face it- Back Spaces, secret hallways and behind the Scenes experiences are always cool and awesome to see.
The manifestation of an exhibition from theory- to plan- to opening, is one of the most creative and exciting parts about working in the arts. Creating an exhibition, there are many stressful, hilarious and educational opportunities that arise. The Opening Reception, opening night, or event is like the GRAND FINALE for the Artist, Curator, Director(s), numerous staff, students or volunteers. They go 'above and beyond' with details to create something beautiful, interactive and provocative. After all- they are creating an experience, a platform, a statement- with a great purpose. This blog will offer that rare chance to see and read about the surprises, stress and lunacies many arts professionals feel when creating an event. Sort of an homage to the artist, the creative professional and those institutions who house our great collections.
So Stay tuned!
The Creative Collector
Amy C. Vena