Dear Collector Friend,
When we – including Colette my wife, muse and partner, our Protégé Son Kurtis and a multitude of suitcases, camera’s and promotion material in tow. Arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan we had journeyed from the time we left our home to our destination roughly 12 hours,considering the time difference and waiting in between Airports forever factor. Once a little settled we strolled into a fantastic Italian Restaurant where we seriously treated ourselves. In our house the diet or food plan we follow – more Colette than myself as she somewhat steers the Family palette ; is the Dinosaur or Palaeolithic plan – basically sans the white anything and pasta everything. So when you deprive yourself of such inflammatory delicacies the opportunity to gorge on white flour is stupendously enticing. Following our delightful meal with perfectly poached pears and a creamy Gorgonzola salad. We continued to wander the streets of the small scaled City of Grand Rapids.
I didn’t have any expectations really, about our trip. I take excursions like these with an attitude of trying to be as open as possible, regardless of curve balls that occasionally get thrown at me. Most of the time, my trips are filled with extraordinary experiences that open up my eyes and my heart. Experiences or ventures that may last only a few minutes but remain with me for quite sometime after. It was now nighttime and the sleepy City seemed to be on alert for any kind of extra curricular fun. The same time the Symposium was on there was another Art Event taking place in the downtown area. Infamously known on the world stage as ART PRIZE. A large scaled non juried Competition of over 1600 Artists from around the world exhibit their Art, captivating an Audience of over 500,000 Spectators.
The exposure to new idea’s and revelations in the creative realm always trigger’s my imagination. Even viewing one Artist’s visual expression of passion. Can inspire me in ways that are unorthodox to my normal pattern of thinking about design applications. While walking through one of the main streets, we came across a newly created apparition in the sky. One of the Contestant Artist had taken his entourage on to the street. In his hands a rope was attached to a mobile form that was floating between the buildings, it was that massive. Seeing this form, a naked Angel with mini lights embedded into her silhouette moving with the sway of the wind was such a surreal experience. We came across this Work of Art very serendipitously and my mind stopped for a moment while I took in the spectacular moment of awe that it had evoked within me.
Having experienced this visually transcending Event. Brought me back to reflecting about how arresting Art can be when it works for our senses. Opens up the wondrous portals in our minds. It can kick start the emotion of surprise and unravel our imagination. A true Art experience prepares us for seeing new again and thinking openly. Helping us to become more whole and unleashing our archaic concepts that stifle our creative urges. This is why I live surrounded by Art. It is the vehicle that keeps me connected to the refresh button.
Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,
Dear Collector Friend,
I have accepted an invitation from a Professor friend who has requested I attend and lecture at THE 2013 ART SYMPOSIUM, through a University for the Visual Arts in Grand Rapids Michigan. Though my schedule this Fall is very full with Gallery and private Commissions. As a favour to someone who has fully supported my Career direction for many years, I was happy to accept. The travel to and from the Symposium was 5 days out of my Studio creative routine. Yet I know, at the end of this journey no matter how much interruption and inconvenience I experience. My imagination and my understanding of who I am as a human being will be more expanded.
Recently I counted how many trips that Colette and we have been privileged to partake in. My direction to expand my Sculpture repertoire as well as my Collector base over 8 years ago. Has resulted in my doing Group Showings of my work for over 40 Special Fine Art Events. Does that sound like a lot ? Not really, but when you stop and consider or when I stop and reflect it quite astonishes me. There are many complex facets involved in Group Showings. There first of all is the time it takes to create, I have to come up with a Collection of work that I feel will resonate with the particular setting. Then I have to photograph each piece, as well a Video some of the more signature works of Art. There is artful crating and shipping to the destination. Plus the necessary props that accompanies the Collection. Then… the travel arrangements the suitable attire and the appropriate presentation material. Many hours and days also have to be factored in for the task of organizing each segment of the trip months in advance.
For the Symposium we had to take over 7 pieces of luggage for regular travel purposes as well as Audio-Visual equipment. Drafts of Speech material had to be prepared as I was the Keynote Speaker at the Banquet presentation. You know the saying – most people would rather die than have to speak in front of an audience – we’ll stand true for Artist’s as well. You may have heard me say – SCULPTURE IS MY LANGUAGE – this is how I communicate to the world. Though I get very positive feedback from my talks and get asked from many different Industries to speak, I prefer to Sculpt. Yet to write drafts for a Talk is always an interesting introspective opportunity. To delve into my psyche and reflect on my great fortune of living the kind of life style that working in the Fine Arts affords one. If I was to go back to being the young Sopel Artist, and I had some Sage tell me about my future I think they would begin with this statement ; oh the places you will go and the people you will meet…
Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,