Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art Blog: I DARE You!

Today I read a post about “Emerging Artists” on a blog. The debate was about what IS an emerging artist. Of course, I have my opinions. After all, if you haven’t “made it” (whatever that means), you are still emerging, right?
One of the commenters took umbrage at another comment about those describing artists who are not emerging as those artists who can create freely, sans day job. The commenter went off. She said a bunch of stuff which included the word (her word) rubbish! I liked her passion!
I have been working very hard the past few weeks to finish things, tie up loose ends, and polish off the work of my day job before I am allowed a two month break. After reading the post about emerging artists, I thought “SHIT!! I am still “emerging” even after all these years!” However, I realized I have spent a lot of time and energy spreading my talents around to include a vast realm of tasks that may or may not have pushed me up or down as I have tried to EMERGE.
For example, I teach. I teach students who have all kinds of weirdnesses. It is very interesting, albeit exhausting work. Luckily it is a creative job, I am working as an artist, and I get to see the concrete product of this vein of spent energy. Look below to see a few art works by my students.
Yeah, I am still emerging after all these years. Shoot! I might be emerging until I am 90 years old! LOL LOL. I have no regrets though. I am an artist juggler. I dare you to try to do what I do every day.
I DARE YOU! :-)

My kid's art.
All I can say is BRAVO!!

12 comments:

Martha Marshall said...

Sheree, I hope that I will always be "emerging" and never come to a place where I feel I've arrived!

Congratulations to your very talented students!!! Without your encouragement these kids might never have had a chance to discover the redemptive power of art.

RJ said...

Hi Sheree--

Nice video! I don't have to take you up on your dare, cuz I'm already doing it! LOL!!! In a somewhat different fashion, naturally, but I too spend every day working with kids, and then come home and do more work, and finally, if I even have time, have a chance to think about making some art. I even pick up my guitar once in a while, too.

End of the school year is fast approaching-- goin' nuts! Actually, not too bad, just constantly trying to stay on top of everything. Really, things have been going very well this year, for the most part. My seniors are largely out to lunch by now, but that it pretty normal for the end of the year.

Hey-- I was at the CCS student show tonight! Scored some good eats in the Art Educators' tent, and then saw a LOT of really great art.

And guess what-- I ran into your pal Gilda who I very casually know, having had a handful of conversations with her every so often over the last number of years. I told her that I had met you via the world of art blogging. Her eyes got really big-- she was excited to hear about it. I can tell that she is a really good friend of yours. She said to say hi, etc.

I have been slowly picking away at a new painting, posted a couple of pics of it in progress, if you are interested. More of the weird-o stuff I have been doing lately.

Chillin' in the D on a Friday night--

Rick

Sheree Rensel said...

Thanks Martha! I just wish I knew that what we accomplish is meaningful to them in some way. This is one thing you never really know. The kids come and go. You just hope art has touched them in some way.

Sheree Rensel said...

Rick,
Yes, I know you know. It is very difficult trying to teach and be an artist all at the same time. You are right. What we do is in a very different fashion. I am thinking long and hard about changing my teaching circumstances because I am getting very, very tired of working with kids who are so wild and at times very mean. It is taking too much out of me. I really want to TEACH. At my school, teaching is almost a second thought. I am too busy trying to keep the kids from killing each other or me. There is a potential riot brewing at every given moment in every class. It is getting worse and worse every year. The stress is really starting to wear me down.

I heard about the CCS opening. Gilda wrote me a very brief email after getting home from the bash. Gilda and I have been friends since the late 70's when we were both undergraduates. In fact, she is my best friend in the whole world! I am so honored that I know her. She is a powerhouse of a human being!
Well, I have only 11 days left with my students. This summer is going to be the summer of making art and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I am feeling the itch to do something different with my life. We will see.
Thanks for the comment!

gilda said...

Hey Rick, it was good talking to you last night! I never made it over to the Art Educator's tent, so I went to the Cass Cafe afterwards for pasta.


Re Emerging artists----

Stand in the middle of a map of the state or city where you live, and draw concentric rings around you. Identify where you are known and where you are not known. If you are known in other cities or states, repeat the process. The concentric rings may over lap, indicating exposure.

But ultimately all of this means nothing! The most important thing to do is to WORK, and keep working. The systems for the dispensation of art and careers is blasting the boundaries! Reaching a constituency is not difficult if one has access, and actually makes the effort, like Sheree does so well! I envy her blogs and videos, and am just dipping my toe in the waters of You Tube!

Emerging artists, unite!

Sheree Rensel said...

LOL LOL Gilda!!
You go girl!!
You tell em!!!

Emerging artists, unite!

(I wish!) Shoot, artists have a hard time getting together for any purpose! UNITE? Yikes? (That is a whole other post.) LOL LOL

Eva said...

When people now call me an emerging artist, I just say: "Not really. You just haven't heard of me, that's all."

Sheree Rensel said...

Eva,
It is so funny you mentioned this. As artists, we live in our own little world. Not many people have heard of any artists except the obvious Picasso, Michaelangelo, etc.
Recently when Rauschenberg died, I was so stunned. This was HUGE news to me. Yet when I would mention it to the non-artists I know, they looked at me like I had horns. They would scrunch their nose and say something like "Rashin WHO?"
So if being known is a component of EMERGENCE, we are in big trouble! LOL LOL

gilda said...

I always had this fantasy that I would be walking down Woodward and saw Willem DeKooning walking toward me. I would get down on my hands and knees and genuflect in front of the master! But realized that all of the people on the street around me would be wondering why this crazy dreadlocked woman was bowing down to a very old white guy who dressed like a homeless! Then in my fantasy I tried to explain to the onlookers that this was an ultra-famous artist who changed art history in the 20th Century....but I got nowhere.
As famous as DeKooning is to us, on the street he is just another old guy. Our world is so small.....

RJ said...

Regarding de Kooning, I highly recommend the excellent bio de Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

http://www.amazon.com/Kooning-American-Master-Mark-Stevens/dp/0375711163/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211753983&sr=1-1

Sheree Rensel said...

Gilda,
Our art world is very, very small. In fact, even within the art world there are all these little villages of different kinds of artists who are knowledgable about some things and not others. Even we artists speak different "languages". I totally understand what you mean when you say you were trying to explain to people in your dream how famous de Kooning was. That is what happened to me when I was trying to explain Rauschenberg!
You would be surprised though. I bet half of the "artists" these days don't know who de Kooning, Stella, Bourgeiois, Johns, Bacon, Freud, etc. etc. are either. So there are a whole bunch of little art WORLDS. You know?
Sheree

Sheree Rensel said...

rj,
Thank you so much for posting the book recommendation! :-)