Trade 50 lbs of Cotton for 50 lbs of Gold. Guest Post for Photopol
February 24, 2011
In dating and in love, the common advice is always: “It will come when you’re not looking for it.”
I think the foundation of this idea is true and it applies to all things in life, not just love. But I would like to make a slight alteration to this idea. Events, people, love, and success appear when you’ve made space for it in your life.
Last fall I started an unconventional art gallery with my long time friend, fellow artist, Kesha Bruce. We started to promote the work of an amazing roster of artists and started having conversations as gallery directors and art dealers. All of sudden I am no longer an artist in search of a gallery. My head space changed and shifted and I no longer felt the burning need to sign on with the perfect gallery.
When you’re searching for love, a career break, a baby, or any of those normal human desires, your need for it can take over. The need grows larger and larger and before long, there is no room for the very thing you want most. All the spaces are occupied by the need. This is ironic given that we perceive the need as an emptiness, a lack of something.
With the creation of Baang and Burne Contemporary and a clear vision on how I am to proceed forward with my artistic career, I contracted. I became a heavier mass while taking up less space, trading 50lbs of cotton for 50 lbs of gold so to speak. Then all of sudden, I was offered an exhibition by an amazing gallery in SoHo, NYC.
The thing we desire the most cannot appear until we are ready for it and when we’ve made room for it.
Will you make some room on your calendar and join me at the opening reception for “Sustain” photographic works from my epic series Wok the Dog at HousProjects.
31 Howard St, 2nd FL
March 4, 2011
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PS. Interestingly, both Kesha Bruce and Michael Kirchoff (another amazingly talented artist on B+B’s roster) were both offered great exhibition opportunities within 3 months of the formation of B+B. The burning desire went away and we all made space in our lives for other things.
To own a limited edition print of “Number 14, Casablanca, Morocco, 2010″