Musician and artist Brian Eno has some really cool notions on artistic “scenes” and the benefit it has on individuals that are a part of that scene. He coined the term “Scenius“. “What really happened was that there was sometimes very fertile scenes involving lots and lots of people – some of them artists, some of them collectors, some of them curators, thinkers, theorists, people who were fashionable and knew what the hip things were – all sorts of people who created a kind of ecology of talent. And out of that ecology arose some wonderful work.”
My town has a growing art community and it’s beautiful to behold! The thing is, I find myself in an odd place. I’m not the young social 20 or 30 something that can be at every opening and immerse myself in the crowd. I’m kind of an awkward loner (read introverted extrovert) and at 46 (or am I 47?) paint in the comfort of my home, when I have time. I enjoy it. There is a downside, tho. I don’t know the gallery owners- I don’t know the curators and even if I went beyond casual introductions, I’m unsure of how to make my mark.
When I seriously decided to to begin painting a year ago, I wanted to see how seriously I would take it. I find that now, ok, yeah- I’m sticking with it. But now, I find that I’m asking myself more questions. How do I get noticed? How do I get into a gallery? How do I get into more group shows? What are the best ways to market myself locally and globally? I also wish I had some honest feedback. Someone to stand next to me and say- “yeah, you’re right…that left nipple is wonky and the color doesn’t work”. This got me thinking about Scenius and I thought- hmmm… I can’t be the only person in my area that has these questions. So I’m creating a Scenius.
My local Library is all about the arts community so I contacted them and told them my idea. They are allowing me to utilize some space and begin a Local Artist Forum. My vision is to meet monthly, have speakers (curators, gallery owners, buys, marketing specialists and more) and create a forum in which other local artists meet, share ideas, teach and learn. The first one in on the 29th of this month… a week away. The facebook invite has generated a lot of interest so I’m so excited about all of the folks I will meet and what we can all gain from this. But also pretty nervous about it as a whole. Who the heck am I to take this on?!?! Ha!
I plan on sharing on this blog and using it as kind of a log for these forums and hope that perhaps others that are not from my area could benefit, as well. So- hey… you too can be a part of my Scenius. Look, we can’t wait for things to happen. Sometimes we have to make them happen. Jeezy… I’m becoming a meme.