Fort Point Open Studios This Weekend. Will I See You?

So, two local things to pass along this week….

Fields Corner T Station

Fields Corner T Station

As a 10 year resident of Dorchester (and did I mention that I love it?) I had to brag on this article declaring Fields Corner (where I live) as being voted one of the nation’s greatest neighborhoods (or just “hood”, as we call it).  It’s such a community, the likes of which Boston does not know, except in Jamaica Plain (recognized as JP) in my experience.  Many artists and creative things going on all over the place, overlapping, parallel and moving at their own pace.  I meet more of them each passing year and feel honored to be living and moving in the same circles.  I am a participating member of the Friends of Ronan Park who provide interactive programming in the park for the people who live in the surrounding areas.  It’s so much fun and makes me feel truly connected with my community, something that most residents lack more and more with technology and social media having taken over their lives.

All The Bandages

All The Bandages

Ok, that was the opening act – now here is the featured event – Fort Point Open Studios – this weekend in Fort Point, South Boston.  I will be installing a full wall of my All the Bandages piece, which is the installation that I am working with the Boston Public Schools to install for the students, and hopefully the parents too.  It is part of the larger Social Acupuncture/Social Meditation concept where each piece in the project makes us think about our surrounding society and our behavior in it, so we can see how we fit into and affect issues that influence our lives.  Please join me, or just visit me there, to see it and give me feedback.  I’m looking for interaction and introspection.  I dare ya….

Lastly, I came across this great article by Deborah Pannell who interviewed Marc Zegans, writer of Intentional Practice and the Art of Finding Natural Audience.  Here is a quote from it that I loved.  “Now, artists tend to be very good strategists. They deal daily with scarcity, risk and the unknown by developing artistic strategies for producing under tight constraints – they have to, or they couldn’t make original art. I help them see that these strategic capabilities are resources they can recruit for themselves as they learn to thrive in the social and economic aspects of their artistic lives.”  “The first consideration to keep in mind is that finding people who will genuinely connect with our work is part of the creative process.  Our creative process does not end when we finish the piece. Our work has to find its way into the world. Now we can use proxies like agents, publishers, galleries and the Internet to do the heavy lifting, but finding and developing an intimate connection with people whom our work will genuinely move is a tremendously important part of the creative process.”

This is so right on! Finding people who can connect with my work feels like it’s still part of the creative process – the last phase, really.  It’s so great when someone outside of your life circle pulls it all together and nails it!  So, this explains why I need you.  See, I NEED you.  I’m begging, see that.  No pressure.  Hope to see you this weekend.  Did I mention the free parking?

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