Since things were so dead around here at the Fine Arts Building, I'm glad I left at 7 to go to the big night of openings in the River North and West Loop Gallery Districts. As soon as I got off the Brown Line at the Chicago stop, I saw the crowds and thought, so this is where all the art patrons went tonight. But actually the turnout was less than it has been the previous two years. It was raining last night, so maybe that explains it. Maybe it was because I only had 2 hours to see anything, but to be honest there was only one show I saw that truly impressed me. And that show was the exhibition of Angel Otero's paintings at the Kavi Gupta gallery.
Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog2011
collaged oil paint skins on canvas
86" x 73" x 2.5"
Seeing these paintings made me feel so inspired. Inspired enough, I think, to keep painting and not give up on art just yet. I felt so moved in the presence of this beautiful art. Seeing it in person beneath the glow of the fiercely beaming gallery lights (Seriously, what's the color temperature in there?) was quite possibly one of the best experiences I've had all week. It reminded me of what matters to me, of why I make art in the first place, of why I love it so much.
And just because I love it, that doesn't mean it's supposed to be easy. So I'll keep painting and keep searching for more and more sources of inspiration. I will try my best not to let discouragement keep me away from the studio.
And I hope that somewhere in this world there are some buyers and patrons who will dare to defy the trends and the naysayers on the news, who will open up their wallets and purchase art again. And I hope that some of those patrons will purchase their artwork from me.
Yes, I have to try to find something to be positive about, somehow...