I know I said I would leave you with some challenges for myself. Believe me, I had some. I just… I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to meet them as fully as I wanted. And I haven’t.
- Write reviews
- Write more
- Conduct interviews
- Visit San Antonio regularly
- Socialize/network beyond the art communities.
- Curate more shows
- Work on art
As encouraged by Kurt Mueller, I wanted to become proactive in reviewing for publications. Glasstire, ArtLies, Art Papers and even Art Forum were in the crosshairs. I just didn’t pull the trigger. Besides, I’ve seen decent Austin coverage in each (even if some of it comes from Houston writers). It’s locally that I think I could do better with. Austin’s art coverage is spread too thin across all the forms. I think I worked best focusing on reviewing exhibitions, letting others ask larger questions in longer form.
And yet, I want to engage different agents in Austin’s art community/landscape. Why shouldn’t we hear from gallerists, curators, community organizers or teachers?
I wanted to go to San Antonio more often, so I could start thinking about us as “Central Texas” instead of Austin or San Antonio. I was hoping I could find a stronger scene by melding the two together. Only an hour away…
I guess I can report that I have made some new contacts. I started talking architecture with some folks. Attended some discussions on community…
You know, I really feel like I should apologize here. Instead of the silence around here, I should have been telling what I’ve been up to. I mean, not only would you have something to read, but I would be promoting the things I’m involved with. There’s a little hesitance on my part because I love to present things close to perfection. Like, yeah I did that on purpose. I planned it all along. Don’t hold it against me if things change.
I guess I’ll go chronologically:
Next week: I was invited by Austin Art Alliance to curate a small show for their TOGS presentation during Art City Austin. I said yes. My artists said yes. Come on out so you can see who I picked.
Apr 25-26, 2009. Be there.
Next month: The primo was invited to show some work. So I’m helping him prepare some pieces to send to Chicago, Arthouse’s 5×7, and American YouthWorks’ Spring fundraiser.
June: Again, the primo needs help with some teen art workshop he’s doing. It will go down at the CRL.
End of summer: For those that follow me on Twitter you already know. For those that don’t, I’m turning the fictional Curatorial Idol 2 into reality! UTSA Satellite Space in San Antonio said yes to my proposal, the four artists said yes. Now I just need my wallet to say YE$$$!
Aug 6, 2009. Be there.
End of year: Remember that little show I helped put together down in Mexico? Yeah, we’re taking it to Houston.
November 2009. Be there.
2010: Already working on two projects for next year.
I’ve had all of this happening for me. I guess I don’t have the capacity to both plan a number of events in successive months and contemplate all of the art I’ve seen within the couple of hours I have after work.
I’m sorry. I should try harder to write reviews.
I’ll try and tell you ’bout what I sees.