I've been thinking of entering an art show here, the theme for the show is Remixed. Lately I've thought of trying my hand at paper collage just to keep things simple. Though you can get as complex with it as much as you want. I have trouble with the themes somewhat. I know it's a way to get the artist to think and then apply that to their art, to jump start their creativity. It sort of bugged me at first, but I thought might as well take it in a positive manner, and if nothing else, create something, and wrap a philosophy around it. I guess the reason I was indifferent to it, is because although there's a theme to the shows, you'd hardly know it if you were to walk into the gallery and look around. The last show's theme was Against All Odds. I thought and thought about that one, and I think I was over thinking it. I didn't enter it as for whatever reason, I got too busy, plus was under the weather. Below is some of the art from that show.
Another thing, I hate to be a spoiled sport, but the entry fee to just enter the show is twenty bucks, which allows you to enter three pieces. That's sort of high just for the "prestige" of entering a show. Granted it is a place where one "might" sell their artwork, but then the gallery charges you another twenty percent if you make a sale. I don't know, that seems like the artist are being gouged by the gallery somewhat and keeping it afloat. I don't know how other such galleries around the country find their financing to stay open, but I'd like to look into that angle a bit more. I think the gallery downtown gets some of their funding from the city (perhaps), but maybe they get a grant or support from somewhere else. But it seems the artist support it a lot financially too, and it seems it should be somewhat the other way around. Darn, I don't know very many wealthy artist, other than the famous ones, but most local ones around here are not and are mostly just part timers. I don't know about the other artist, but I wonder if they have similar criticisms or viewpoints?
If you entered this gallery's shows very often, you'd be in the hole financial pretty quickly and to tell you truth, I doubt anything I'd whip up would sale anyway, in fact, I doubt much sells in the gallery. And I don't know if the twenty bucks for the entrance fee is worth it. For twenty bucks, I can eat a good meal out and take in a movie. Maybe I'm a tightwad, but I weigh stuff like that. In fact, I could eat a meal out, take in a movie, and then go to the gallery opening for free and be pretty satisfied. I guess small galleries are a tough go in small cities, I don't know. At the same time people wonder why art is so expensive. Have you price oil paint lately, man, it's expensive. Other art supplies are as well. Oh well, these are just some thoughts I've had lately.
I don't know if you read or saw the movie, The Watchman, but there was a guy in it, called Dr. Manhattan, who accidentally while working at a nuclear facility gets turned, more or less, into this god-like creature. He looses his touch or tie with humanity, and eventually becomes pretty alienated and goes to Mars. Lucky sort of reminded me of that a bit. It had some interesting action sequences too, and some pretty cool special effects on how perhaps a super being might perceive parts of our world or universe. If you go in thinking it's an action film, rather than some heady SF film, maybe you can overlook some of its flaws, which for me, weren't many. I enjoyed the ride pretty well. It's probably also one of those films, where you shouldn't read too much about it and avoid spoilers.