Deadlines! You gotta love ’em, and you gotta hate ’em. For those of us who have perfected the fine art of procrastination (and who hasn’t,) deadlines loom like menacing shadows on the horizon, picking up speed and intensity as they hasten their approach. There’s no hiding place, no quiet comfort to embrace, just the one-on-one confrontation between you and the moment of truth.
And yet, I love deadlines and what they do to me. They’re definite, a clear marker on that horizon that produces concrete results. For me, deadlines harness the percolating ideas and images that have been brewing in my lackadaisical postponement of making art, starting or finishing a piece, or cleaning up my chaotic studio (my husband is kind enough to tell me I have an interesting sense of organization.) An art related deadline will force me into the groove, a place I love to be, setting up 3 hour segments of non stop work, then take a break, eat, walk the dog, back to work for 3 more hours. I’m perfectly satisfied with a six hour workday in the studio.
I have a show coming up in 10 days. It’s a quickie, a pop-up, blink and it’s over show. It is an award show from the Santa Cruz Art League for receiving the most popular votes in the annual member show, this year’s Views of the Cruz (A-L.) The prize is a weekend solo show in the classroom behind the main gallery at the SCAL. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity. The Art League has been a great place for me to show my work since I began working in wire in 2000.
The deal with this show is . . . it’s all on me. Usually, when I’ve been in a show, I just need to drop off the work, sign a few papers, pay a fee, then come to the reception. That’s a lot of fun. In this case, besides finishing my latest work, there’s dusting off and prepping 15 years of my favorite pieces, borrowing some pieces back from collectors, writing press releases, sending out invitations, posting posters around town, organizing a team to help with the installation, food for the reception . . . all while I work my day day job and walk the dog. And the show only lasts for 2 days. Hey, I’m not complaining! I love it! And . . . I’m exhausted. But the deadline is looming so I’ll keep working.
The show is August 19-20, 2017 at the Santa Cruz Art League 526 Broadway, S.C., CA Sat 12-5 Reception is 3-5 Sun 12-4
It’s running concurrently with their 87th Annual Statewide Landscape Exhibition, so it’s a twofer! If you’re not staring at the solar eclipse, come on by.
It Takes a Lot of Practice
28″ high x 14″ long x 12 ” wide