Thanks to my ongoing uneasy relationship with technology, I find myself with some unplanned free time for blogging this week. No sooner had I written last week’s optimistic post than my confidence was once again shaken by my inability to get the tools of my trade to work properly for me. I spent two grim days in a battle to the death with my photo printer, who was favored to win until a simple correction of settings (simple only if you know they exist, where to find them and how to re-set them) saved me from certain defeat. During the course of this epic struggle, I successfully uninstalled and reinstalled programs on my laptop and purchased support software and devices to guarantee that I would never again require 48 hours, a river of tears and an ocean of wine to finally hold in my hand a physical print of one of my images, suitable for framing.
How Not to Deal with Mercury Retrograde
For those of you who know astrology, I suppose it serves me right for attempting anything electronic during a Mercury Retrograde phase! For those of you unfamiliar with or unbelieving in the miscommunications, foiled travel plans and machine malfunctions allegedly typical to this phase, let me just add that I was all set to continue printing today now that I’ve figured out how to do it with a minimum of stress and fuss, and in the last inches of a large print, the ink cartridge ran out! Thankfully, its replacement is already ordered and on the way, I am still more or less on schedule for this week’s tasks, and there is a bright side in that it does give me an opportunity to bring you all up to date on what’s been going on!
Last weekend in the triumphal march following the end of the Great Epson vs Mirollo War, I dropped off my contribution to the Artist’s Choice show at the Somerville Museum, a beautiful framed print I was proud to inscribe with my name and confident could stand up to any other works that might hang alongside it. While there I picked up copies of the postcard and map booklet produced especially for the event. It was a real thrill to see my name listed in the section for Vernon Street (you may recognize another name in the next column!) and also to know that during the big weekend, between the museum show and the Nave Gallery, I will have pieces of work displayed in two of the three featured group exhibitions!
My New Brochure
Aside from printing photos for my studio display, which will include at least 17 framed prints, I’ve been creating some brochures for both Brian and myself, to give our visitors something a little more informative and substantial than a postcard or business card to take away with them and remember us by. Open Studios will include almost 400 artists in various locations, 100 of them in our building at Vernon Street, so it’s important to be memorable and stand out!
At first it seemed easier to design and print them myself, but I soon learned that double sided printing with a printer that is still sulking because it couldn’t break me, and has always enjoyed misfeeding paper in every way possible, can be an arduous task, so I may have to take the template to a print shop and get a full run done professionally to save time and aggravation. It took over an hour to produce ten brochures, but all in all, I’m pleased with the results!
Prints In Progress
As of this writing I still have 6 more large prints to do, and various support materials like labels, signage and price lists. Next week I’ll be concentrating on framing, which sounds easy but has already presented some issues of its own, the details of which I’ll spare you. In general, everything I thought I had plenty of time to do is taking much more time than I anticipated and I will likely be working up to the last minute, at which point, whatever is ready is ready and whatever isn’t will not be on display.
Frames Courtesy of Dick Blick
In the final week, I will need to tidy up, rearrange and transform my studio into an inviting exhibition space that will make people want to stay longer than it takes to find the free wine and the exit, even when there are so many other studios competing for limited attention. My work is small – 8 x 10 inch prints in 11 x 14 frames – and subtle – black and white photography does not have the same wow factor as a large colorful painting or imposing sculpture calling to you from across a room. My work has no controversial sociopolitical message, revolutionary aesthetic agenda or content for which parental discretion might be advised. I am hoping that once people are drawn into the space and begin to look at what I have to offer, they will want to linger and ponder, perhaps even be grateful for my little sanctuary of simplicity after being overstimulated by such a variety and surfeit of outrageous styles and media.
The Big Event
I’ll be back soon with more news and images as things come together. Many thanks for visiting!