Creating Organic Rhythm was an absolutely wonderful experience for me; while it stressed me out a lot it was so much fun. My show made me realize that no matter what art you create, to have a successful show you must have structure. Your art might be very in the moment and random, but when you put it into a gallery setting it must have unity in the way it is hung on the walls or set up to create structure. Taylor and I had to create a unity in our show, normally two very different styled artist would be scared by this challenge to create unity, but Taylor and I ran with it.
2. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do it over?
I would have asked more people for help with hanging Taylor and I’s collaboration installation piece—it was surprisingly difficult for the two of us. I would have liked more light to have been shining on it as well to really define the cast shadows.
3. If you had unlimited time and resources, what else would you have done to complete your show?
Unlimited time—wow what a wonderful thought; I would have spent all my extra time and resources making those walls look amazing. Taylor and I spent hours sanding the walls and painting them; it was exhausting. But if given the opportunity I would have done more to it; while usually that is the job for the previous show Taylor and I did it ourselves because we really wanted to be as independent with this as possible. So we took a lot of pride in them, if we were able to spend a week or two doing everything that would be necessary to make the walls look brand new I would have jumped on that opportunity. I don’t know why, something about perfect white walls in a gallery is just so sophisticated and gorgeous to me. I’d like to have had more glue and tie dye pieces in the show, but it’s just so expensive—if I had more of those resources I would have created more structures with them.
4. What was the value of this experience for you?
I loved every second of this process, not only did I get to show off my work that I’ve been pouring so much energy into for years, but I got to do it with one of my best friends. Art class brought Taylor and I together and created a lasting friendship. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anyone else. We worked so well together that I barely stressed about it, I knew we would figure all the issues out before the show. Setting up the gallery was by far my favorite part, Mr. Guyer showed me the way to figure out exactly how far apart everything should be and I had my friends help me figure out the best order for my art. The fun part was the beginning of the hallway—you walked in and saw my sister’s boyfriend, Brian, playing classical guitar and him and I specifically picked out selections together to fit the feel of the show. You saw our title Organic Rhythm followed by our collaboration piece, across from that was the two individual pieces that inspired the collaboration and that lead the viewer too the remaining walls. We each had our own wall that was specific for us. Our show felt completely unified and I loved that we created unity in such differing styles. I don’t perform in plays or do sports so this was really the first time I had a bunch of people there to support me and that was really cool because Taylor and I slaved over this show and having people come and take it all in was amazing. When it was all said and done everything was worth it; the turnout was amazing and it went better than I had thought it would.
5. How could this process be enhanced for future Art 5 students?
I think the key to a successful show is good chemistry with the people you’re doing it with; it’s hard to come to compromises with someone who you don’t get along with or barely know. But I also think that being in the same art class with the same kids since freshman year really helps with chemistry. I remember towards the middle of Art IV my class’ critiques were amazing and everyone was bouncing ideas off each other and we had an awesome dynamic going because everyone knew each other’s style and how they worked. Keeping the classes close is important to a successful show because the kids will also be more willing to help one another in the process. Maybe create a document with the Do’s and Don’ts of art shows—showing the mistakes and triumphs of past shows. It would be really cool if we created a page on the DRHSart website that was specific to each art show that had pictures from the shows and the kids artist statements—so when it comes around they could say “Oh I really liked the way ___ did their labels,” or “____ hung up their work really nice” and they would have visuals to go along with it. Especially for older shows because some kids might not remember what the show looked like. I think students should also be reminded that this is their show and it's all on them and they need to work super hard if they wand it to be successful.