It is exciting having a solo show
up at the moment. At the same time, I experience a reality check: the
realization that the show will disappear without much notice much like the last
solo show and the exciting follow up group show in the Lower Eastside. It is
disappointing to realize that is the norm. On the bright side, a good friend of
mine saw the show and gave me a favorable critique. He then bought a picture!
The critique was interesting coming from someone who had witnessed my
development over many years. We discussed the “quality” and qualities in the
work comparing it to generic contemporary art of the New York gallery variety.
This led us to discuss my collages as outside the system. Does this make me an
Outsider Artist? Inept and unschooled? I wish! It is a popular and profitable niche.
It had occurred to me before that my
work was a bit “crazy” in that way but that doesn’t explain the lack of purchase.
Pun intended. I think it never received serious consideration because (in some
ways) it takes the piss out of the art world. Don’t bite the hand that should
feed, James. My friend’s other comment was surprising; the work had a “light”
and humorous feel regardless of the chaotic and dystopian phrases that ran
through it. This cheered me up. I am a Luddite not a misanthrope!
James Rosenthal is an artist, critic and teacher who resides in Philadelphia. He holds degrees in Painting from RISD and Syracuse University and has been writing art reviews and essays since 1999. Also in the works is a comic novel (Work Shy) about an artist who alienates himself from the artworld. Stay Tuned!
Recent exhibitions in include:
Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, NY, NY,
Rebekah Templeton, Selections 6 at Moore College of Art and Design and SubTerrane at the Center for Emerging Artists, Phila, PA. Artist Flat Files at Perogi 2000 in Williamsburg, NY.
Both his art and writing can be found at InLiquid.com if you look really hard!