I helped Kara with her gallery opening last night. Stephan Chinov, the artist, teaches sculpture and drawing at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. The gallery had a steady stream of visitors all night thanks to the First Friday crowd. The general public streamed in and out while artists lingered and inquired about the works. The show is a mixture of wall and free-standing sculptures, along with eight long-exposure photographs of Antarctica taken with a pinhole camera.
I met a number of interesting people, mostly artists. All night, artists stopped by to check out the show. The gallery has a reputation for putting on thought provoking shows. Artists are drawn to the gallery like moths to a flame. It’s interesting to hear artists talk about other artist’s works. The art speak comes out. At times I felt like I needed a translator when they referenced artists and terms I didn’t know. It’s an ongoing education.
Mack stopped by later in the evening so I did a quick gallery tour of the other openings with him. The night ended with a small group discussing show. An artist showed whipped out his smart phone and shared pictures of his new paintings. The works are large-scale (some up to 10’X10’) colorful pieces that look as if they were influenced by Basquiat, Day of the Dead and Picasso. The works were remarkable. I wanted to grab my checkbook and run down to his gallery but the pieces were too big for my house.
I spent another Friday night with art. It was a refreshing reprieve after a tense work week that involved a lot of drama and chaos. I stayed out of the fray with my eye on the weekend. The pre-opened serene gallery environment with its stark white walls and beautiful art was like a much needed meditation. A fitting way to end the week.