the big picture is what i must keep in mind, you see, tod has always bragged that at every event i've ever exhibited i have always sold at least ONE thing. last night broke that record. it was a big fat zero for me and i'd be lying if i said i wasn't a little disappointed. yeah i had my big ticket items there but i also had all my candle holders (starting at $25) as well as other affordable pieces on display. i am disappointed but not surprised if that makes sense. i can't dwell on it or else i will lose sight of the overall experience which i found to be pretty damn good.
and i have to say, it was pretty exciting that the one person who did sell something, jared (see the photo above) had never made assemblages let alone show them and he sold that piece within the first 10 minutes of us opening up! the woman whisked it away and that was that. glad i took one picture of it while it was still on the wall. both jared's and tod's work generated a lot of interest all night long. all my pictures of the evening/art turned out blurry; we only got a few good shots of the crowd. i'm gonna go back today or tomorrow and take proper photographs of the work before we dismantel it.
as for the crowd: the guy that rents the office next door works for some local tv station and he was there video taping us. he asked us all to do an interview but no one was interviewing us, one at a time we all spoke and when it was my turn i found myself squirming and BABBLING about nothing to this huge lens 4" from my face. seemed too ridiculous just talk about yourself with no prompting from someone else. i ended it and hope to god i never have to see myself let alone hear myself.
i was happy that the gallery owners who exhibited my work in march showed up (he can't wait to get his hands on my 'warrior' puzzle piece) as well as most of the crew from the phoenix commotion. cool to recognize so many faces and to see new ones as well. would i do it again? i suppose so, gotta keep building up steam even though right now it feels like a lot of work for literally nothing. i'm really not thinking i made any contacts but one never knows what goes on in peoples heads. i'm sure you know how it is, the thrill of getting ready for an opening usually clashes with the letdown of it all being over and having to find the next venue, the next thing. i dread bringing all that art back and clogging up my living space.
funny, i think the best part about all of this was helping tod and jared. getting the show ready and watching them get their work finished and up. it was the typical 'last minute' for everything. literally 10 minutes before we opened jared was still working on his pieces. tod was also slaving away for 3 or 4 hours yesterday afternoon to finish his work. reminded me of my first show, and brought back good memories. it was exciting to see how it all came together somehow at the very last minute. a HUGE thank you to tod's mom for slaving away with food preparation in the most ungodly heat and humidity we've had to date. (gee i think it really will be as horrid here in the summer as people make it out to be!!!) thank you to kristie for bringing us portable chairs and home made salsa and chips.....thank you cynthia for bringing that box of wine (kathy griffin's mom would be proud!) and inviting some of your friends to come as well! all in all it was a supportive experience and you can't ask for much more than that!