I've been ignored and rejected plenty of times in life. And my art has too. The letter in the previous post upset me mostly because of the succinct curt reply. They say to never listen to the good that someone says about you, because if you are going to do that, then you must also listen to the bad. When the woman who bought my art, who is a very successful artist herself...showing in plenty of places outside of Vermont, told me that my art had that 'thing' and I was going to make it I listened more because of her history and experience. When I was then told to contact a personal friend of hers who had a gallery and that they often showed works of her friends, I thought I had a better chance than had I been a complete stranger. There are no 'big' names at this gallery that I can tell so I thought I had an even better shot.
The form letter below was an insult. To be told that my work wont fit in with the direction of the gallery is not something that elicits understanding or learning. I don't feel like pestering this person as to the real why. I don't want anything to do with someone that can't even be bothered to show any courtesy or warmth. What bothers me the most is that this feels indicative as to what is out there in the pompous world of art galleries. I lucked out the that gallery I am in in Stowe isn't like that, if they don't like something they tell me why. Were they not willing to share I wouldn't have made it in I'm sure; after hearing what they did and didn't like about my early works allowed me to alter things and I actually learned more about making technically better work. I know a gallery isn't going to like everything you do and it is my decision as to how much I want to alter things in order to get in.
Were it not for the fact that a good amount of what I have sold to date has been purchased by bonafide collectors, I would probably chuck it all. So. It isn't about the rejection this week as much as me dreading this sort of thing over and over and over. I don't enjoy snooty people, I don't enjoy playing the game, I don't enjoy superiority. I don't enjoy people speaking in code. I don't know what shape to be in order to make myself fit in somewhere. You would think by now that I would have a mechanism for dealing with people who aren't real. I do not. Which is probably why I have a hard time with most people.