Everything has been packed and delivered. I tied up some loose ends this week including delivering some new work that was purchased for a lobby in a new club in Los Angeles. I also remembered a conversation I had with an artist on a flight to Europe years ago. It kind of stopped me in my tracks. I never would’ve guessed then, I’d be doing this today.
Artist Blog / Art. Process. Creativity. LIfe.
THOUGHTS FROM THE CREATIVESPHERE
"It’s human desire to be understood. And we always feel we’re not understood."
There is so much that goes into making art that can easily be missed when you look at a finished image. There are the the inspirations that spawn it, the epiphanies and breakthroughs that fuel it, as well as a slew of failures and challenges to overcome along the way. All to me are equally as interesting and important. This is what I call the Creativesphere. It's the magical place where overflowing optimism and possibility collide with the cold, hard realities of life.
This blog is dedicated to that process. The process of not only creating, but appreciating…attempting to understand…and finding ourselves in it.
I’m getting closer to shipping all of my new work to Art Basel. So many logistics to work out. Plus, I always find it tricky to navigate my expectations in making new work. What I had in mind and what comes out. They are not always the same. In fact, they rarely are. Each work is a journey. The reality is, if everything came out exactly how I imagined it, there would be little reason to make it at all. That’s part of the fun of being an artist. Surprises.
I discuss all of this in the video, plus, I give you a glimpse at a brand new piece of work called “Miles Away” that I’ll be showing in Basel for the first time.
I got invited to show at Art Basel. Great. Then the pieces sold I was planning to send, and I didn’t have anything else in my studio the scale I wanted to send that would ship easily. So I decided to make new work.
I was stressing out about getting everything finished by the deadline, and decided to use an old school time management technique. It’s working out pretty well. This is what I discovered.
The Magic of Objectivity
Fantasy vs. reality. Always battling for real estate in my head. It’s a classic duel. Formidable opponents locked in an eternal dogfight.
Have you ever gone on vacation, and when it was time to come home, you thought, “Ugh…back to reality?”
Or thought about finding that perfect mate and living in eternal romantic deliciousness? And then you come home the next day to her bra soaking in the sink, or his dirty socks by the bed?
Thought I’d share a peak at a somewhat typical day in my personal art studio. While every day is different depending on which part of a project or series I’m working on, I get asked a lot about my process and what goes into making my wall sculptures. This will give you a glimpse.
If you’d like to see these completed works, they are in my With Open Eyes series here: http://www.robgrad.com/with-open-eyes.