posted on Mar, 16 2016 @ 11:35 AM
Thanks to everyone who put forth some ideas.
Perhaps my friend and I may not be the most creative artists around, but that shouldn't stop a couple of people from a daydream- atleast not at first.
I feel like I make engaging art, and I also feel that my friend makes some very engaging art. For instance, he did a performance art piece many years
ago during a class- at first I thought it was a very boring art piece, until the end. And I don't know if he intended it that way. He tore pages out
of a forest survival guide and then drew on them with color crayons. I was not yet impressed. Then he started handing them out to the audience, and
the words that he had circled and underlined had a deep impact on me. It was unbelievable. And he didn't seem to have any intentions or motive other
than to see what would happen. I don't think I shared my feelings at the time, but it impacted me.
His art was also somewhat plain and unrefined. But it has a stark but underlying intelligent message. I would say that he has tapped into something
subconscious, whether it is deep or not I can't say. But it does resinate with me. And that can be said about my own art. I am not sure how it is
recieved by others.
In defence of our decision to meet in an effort to start (another) contemparary art foundation, I should say that we both have a knack for
understanding and relating to our own artist peers, young and old, male and female, and across the spectrum of styles and mediums.
So, to make a long story short. He has the administrative side of the collabortive effort of this artist group/foundation handled. He has an excellent
grasp of the artistic vision. And he is an artist himself. My role is a bit less clear, and I have not yet stepped up to take a public responsiblity
I am an artist (living in Montana), and I am also a construction contractor. So I work with construction materials and art materials, I can work with
construction workers, designers, and other artists, and I know my way around the construction supply outlets. I would probably serve as a resident
artist, and shop caretaker, as well as being on the councel/board.
Our thoughts on this place are that we would aquire a piece of land in an industrial area, like an abandened rail yard. We have a basic plan for what
it would look like, what it would take to make it happen, and how it would be layed out to cater to introverted and extrovert artists, such as a
sculpture yard, collaborative artist gallery/work area, a set of private and a set of public studios.
We have some plans for events to attract the community, and ideas to attract artists- Which we hope would come from all over the world. A way to bring
the world to our community, and to reach out to the world through our small but growing town.
We are open to a lot of suggestion, but we do have ideas of our own, in fact the basic business structure, although we are only on meeting number 3.
Left to our own devices, we could come up with a dazzling name- I am sure of that. But sometimes, coming up with the name for something is best left
to the four winds. And that is, I guess, what I am doing.
I am standing a top the cliffs of ATS, knowing that I have it in myself to come up with a name, and I am looking over the precipice into the abyss
(from about 15 feet away), and the wind is a little more than a breeze, maybe the random snow flake cought in the currents, pulled out of the dark
clouds above threatening to call out a full on storm- Maybe something dangerous, but probably not the type of storm that would do anything to destroy
me- Not like the storms of the past. And I say in my usual voice, but a bit more assertively, loud enough to be heard by someone down there over the
cliff, "What would you name an art foundation!?"