In The Wild West, a skeletal horse and human hybrid, suggesting our practices of genetic manipulation, serves as a grim tale of foreboding. The skeleton, the horse skull, and the desert are symbols of cowboys and typical Western imagery. Television Westerns would typically portray life as good vs. bad, when in reality, the land, environment, people, and animals were all seen as a means to an end. The title refers to how the U.S., itself a part of the western hemisphere, is still taking over land, animals, and resources to this day, creating desert landscapes via clear-cutting and global warming.
My work was recently published on the cover and inside The Journal literary magazine. My painting Vital is wrapped around the front and back cover while several other paintings from my In Our Veins series are inside. In addition, there is an interview in which I’d like to share just one of the questions because I think it’s an important one:
SS: Is there anything you can tell me about this work that someone who doesn’t have expertise might not see or appreciate?
AG: I think people need to realize this: they are much more astute when it comes to art than they give themselves credit for. True art will elicit an emotional response from someone, whether it’s a positive or negative reaction. For those that enjoy my work, they often tell me that something resonates with them. It may not be exactly what I expect the viewer to respond to, but it’s in the ballpark. There have been times when someone finds my work “dark” and therefore they are unsure of it. I would still consider that an accurate response because I deal with some tough issues in my work. Animals are beautiful, nature is beautiful, and I’m trying to create something that is beautiful but at the same time sends a message. Either way, I want to draw attention to these issues and inspire others to take action, even if it’s just small changes because every little bit helps. That’s the takeaway I hope for when anyone looks at my work, whether they have an art degree or not.
I’m honored to announce that American Art Collector Magazine has done a feature on my current exhibition at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. The article is in their September 2016 issue which is available on newsstands now.
My painting Integral is featured in the current issue of Art Galleries & Artists of the South Magazine as part of the LeMieux Galleries spread. My 2-person show with photographer Lee Deigaard is coming up soon at LeMieux in New Orleans. Opening August 6th!
Literary journal, Sundog Lit, recently published my work on the cover of their latest issue. My painting, The Sum of Its Parts, is featured on Issue 10, available now. More details can be found online here: https://sundoglit.com/2016/03/11/issue-10/.
I had a question from someone wanting to know my thoughts on his acceptance into a particular publication (Studio Visit, to be precise, which I have discussed before here). Often when I would get my work featured in a certain show or a magazine, I would get questions as to whether that led to something bigger. Because I don’t ever rely on just one opportunity, I can’t pinpoint or put some sort of quantitative measurement to it. While it would be nice to come up with a specific formula that doing X + Y = Z, I find it is best to have a continuous cycle of productivity going.
I don’t believe there is ever one accomplishment that opens doors. On rare occasion you hear of some now-famous artist that was discovered and then had a sold-out show. These are the stories that artists hear and think “that could be me.” For the overwhelming majority of artists, including the famous ones, it was a series of events that got them to where they are today.
So in the case of the artist that contacted me, I told him that it is not so much about being in the magazine, but what you do with it.
– Once he is published in the magazine, get extra copies to send to collectors
– If you can afford it, get additional copies for potential buyers as well (anyone that seems really interested in your work)
– Give copies of the magazine to galleries as part of your portfolio presentation
– Inform your local press (newspapers, radio, etc.) that you got into the magazine
Find ways to make the most of your accomplishments and extend their shelf-life. No one opportunity will do it, but if you can make it snowball into more, you’ll increase your chances of getting bigger and/or more opportunities.
I was recently selected as one of the seven winners in the Art Galleries & Artists of the South Magazine’s Emerging Artist Competition. My work is featured in their current issue, Volume 11, Issue 2, available at bookstores now.