Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Professional Practices Assignment

Chloe York
Professional Practices

Q. What type of work do you make?
A. I am interested in painting, but not in a traditional way. Most painters I know use oil and employ gestural and painterly brushstrokes whereas my edges are clean and my application is flat and unvaried on the surface. My inspiration comes from patterns found in nature and machines alike and I enjoy using fabric sculpturally.

Q. What words best describe this work? (10 or more descriptive terms)
A. Flat, clean, simple, patterned, child-like, graphic, organized, depthless, colorful, decorative, bright.

Q. What skills do you have to earn money besides selling your work (computer skills, photography, mechanic, singer, chef etc?)
A. Teaching, cashiering, writing, and other customer service related jobs.

Q. Where have you shown your work publicly?
A. Etcetera Coffeehouse in Paducah, Ky in 2007 for a high school art class exhibit; Murray State University’s Clara M. Eagle Gallery in Murray, Ky in 2006 for an art competition; various galleries in Memphis College of Art between 2008 and 2011; Java Cabana in Memphis, Tn in 2011 for my first solo exhibit.

Q. Where would you like to show your work? (locally, nationally and internationally?)
A. Anywhere there is an appreciative audience. I have not thought about showing my work in other countries, but I would definitely consider it.

Q. If you were going to group your professional friends/contacts into distinct networks, what would those be?
A. I would most likely try to associate with people in areas that would allow me to work alongside them, whether they commission me or if they are also working artists I could collaborate with. I’m not altogether sure what the term, “network” means.

Q. What kinds of art or communities of practitioners do you track? (e.g. experimental architecture, noise music, fashion designers, figure painters, video art...etc.)
A. I mostly track painters and sculptors, but I enjoy looking at fashion and interior design blogs, music posters, comic books, and news concerning film and directors like Guillermo del Toro.

Q. How do you track them (blogs, lists, magazines, books, websites) – List:
A. Blogs, websites, books, newpapers, and word of mouth.

Q. Do you feel that you are now (or want to be in the future) a part of any “scenes” or communities? List:
A. That is something to consider. I have always liked the idea of participating in a writer’s or artist’s retreat, but have no specific interest in joining any sort of community at present, though I’m certainly not opposed to it. Being in art school right now, I consider this a sort of community already, so I do know how it feels and I enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by fellow creative thinkers who can lend me advice about my work.

Q. What opportunities (schools, grants, exhibitions, competitions) have you applied to in the past? List:
A. Sadly, I have not applied for that many things. I guess I always focus on school and work too much to consider having the time to submit anything. However, I did enter a writing competition recently for Memphis Magazine’s Fiction Contest. I want to work on applying for more opportunities in the future, but it hasn’t been a priority for me.

.......RELATED ARTISTS – artists on a local, national and international level…........

Q. Who are several related artists that you admire?
A. Misato Suzuki and Nicholas di Genova

Q. How did you find out about them?
A. I found Suzuki online while looking at skateboard deck designs and di Genova was an artist another student told me about.

Q. Where do they show their work and what level are they at in their career?
A. Suzuki shows her work on her website ( as well as her blog and is a professional artist, showing in various solo and group exhibitions all over America, mostly in California. Di Genova has a blog (skeleton hug), he is a street artist, and also enjoys a career in professional art-making. His work has been shown in NY and Ontario.

Q. Who funds their work?
A. Suzuki’s paintings and drawings are available to view and buy on her website. I was not able to find any information about her specific patrons, but I know that most of the work on her site is listed as sold. I am also unsure of di Genova’s clientele, but I know he is often asked to provide illustrations for stories and magazines.

Q. What makes them successful?
A. Both painters are very good at marketing themselves, utilizing internet resources such as websites and blogs, and they are able to make a living based solely on selling their work.

Q. What do they do to earn money outside of their artwork?
A. Di Genova does street art and works (or worked) in an arts supply store and Suzuki designs skateboard decks and T-shirts (though all these careers have to do with their styles of art-making.) I could not find any information on their bios regarding alternative means of income.

Q. Who is the public for their artwork (Who sees it, enjoys it, collects it, talks about it?) – List:
A. Again, I had trouble locating any specific audience. I have to assume that it appeals to younger generations, say those from age 20-40 because most of their work is available to view online, though both Suzuki and di Genova have quite a lengthy list of exhibitions they have participated in.

Q. What professional associations do they have? Are they affiliated with institutions? List:
A. If they are, I could not find any information about it.

Q. Have you tried to contact them and how would you do it?
A. I have not. I suppose a good way to start would be to subscribe to their blogs, leave comments on it, and later email them with specific questions (perhaps I could ask them some of the questions listed here that I was unsure about) and see if they would give me any feedback on my work.

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