Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Bolt, Laurence G. “Introduction.” Zen and the Art of Making a Living. 5th ed. New York: Penguin, 2009. 18. Print.
“I wish to go completely outside and to make a symbolic start for my enterprise of regenerating the life of humankind within the body of society and to prepare a positive future in this context.”
It has been a busy fortnight. Things are moving along, and I wanted to post a quick update just to keep people in the loop as to the status. Sketches are underway for a visual logo. I am really pumped to see what it turns out to be… even if it takes some time, it is only because I want to make sure the design is right for the gallery. The main things on the agenda this week: email artists the Migrant Salon is interested in working with and follow up on inquiries sent out to potential venue spaces. I am trying to secure an adequate space soon, so as to get this first show underway. Additionally, I am also thinking intensely about the structure and scope of this project. Ideas on how to grow, secure funding for the future and most importantly, build and maintain a genuine interest from people are all things being mulled over. But first- a show needs to happen! So thank you once again for checking in, please continue to do so as Migrant Salon adjusts, develops and strengthens. And please visit the Twitter machine- there are updates regularly on interesting things churning about both locally and beyond. And we will meet again in the future!
Image found here.
“It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.” Aristotle
Of course it’s not exactly the same idea, but Popup Art Bethel and Migrant Salon share similar intentions. Organized by artist Michael Seri of Detritus Art & Design, the exhibition is a temporary exhibit hosted in an empty storefront on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, Connecticut. The host building was formerly home to a sign printing company, and Seri sees the popup project as “[moving] from town to town [bringing] new life to empty storefronts… [as] a way to bring new life, bring people together and revitalize communities.” There doesn’t appear to be a unifying concept for the current exhibit on Greenwood Avenue other than to bring an array of area artists (25) together at one time, in one place and for a single, unique event. This of course has great potential, particularly in respect to allowing artists more opportunities to show their work and the chance of generating interest by a community in its own culture and creative conversation. Yet one of the most powerful potentials of the art vehicle (gallery, museum, etc.) is not only to facilitate a mingling of the public and art, but also negotiating that meeting: giving it a purpose, finding a common denominator (sans dilution of individual works), pointing it in a direction. Perhaps PUAB does this, and if not, maybe it makes an activating impact simply by being an idea that came to fruition. Either way, more cooperation in the arts is always a good thing. Empowering local art is a good thing. And more art in areas unaccustomed to seeing and contemplating it is a good thing! PUAB runs from June 30th - July 30th, and the space is open Thursdays - Sundays, 2-9:30pm. The opening reception is tomorrow, Saturday, 2-5pm. See you there!
“If you cover a name good, you’re respecting the guy when you go over him. If you leave him sticking out, you’re saying, ‘Go fuck yourself,’ no matter who it is. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. If you cover somebody, cover them good.”
Stewart, Jack. Graffiti Kings: New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s. New
York: Melcher Media, 2009. Print.
So Much to See At the TED conferences in 2011, Amit Sood introduced Google Art Project, a global attempt to democratize the availability of museums’ art collections to the public. Today Google is able to manifest virtual walking tours of 151 institutions in 40 countries around the world. Taking a closer look at this new resource prompted me to include a page on this site called “REALM”. This space is intended to be a growing list of web, print, local and global resources on art. Its current form is extremely general, but a start! In time the content will grow in quality and specificity.
Since the last update some visible changes have taken place on this site. I am still working out the kinks with a domain name, but success is not far off! The most critical project now underway is the creation of a visual design for Migrant Salon. It began with simple choices, such as choosing and editing the layouts for Tumblr and Twitter. Next, on to aestheticizing the title! The look will most likely be simple, but the words Migrant Salon will be stylized, individual and evocative of what this gallery is about. And, although I am a fan of Audubon, I can’t keep ripping off his bluebirds…
As soon as a visualization is agreed upon, Migrant Salon will then turn to places such as Kickstarter to help raise money to create some simple merchandise and promotional materials. Fun things! As always, please check back soon!
“I believe that art, although it is a material part of culture, its greatest value is its spiritual role and the influence that it exercises in society, because art is the result of a spiritual activity of man and its greatest contribution is to the intellectual and moral development of man.”
Harrison, Charles, and Paul Wood, eds. “Ideas of the Postmodern.” Art in Theory
1900-2000. New ed. Malden: Blackwell, 2003. 1064-065. Print.
A Conversation at Fat Cat
Last Thursday I attended one of Connecticut Creates first open forum discussions at Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk, CT. The conversation was initial but exciting! It is still unsure what Connecticut Creates will turn into, but from this first talk it feels like the group may be an important foundation of people and resources for Connecticut State as well as Migrant Salon as both launch into activity.