Well I saw a friend this week, who has moved out of town but he is one of my earliest memories of making artistic friends in this town. I asked him the same question that I asked Lynn: "While we know that all art is transitional, there are some pieces that are definitley in the midst of experimentation and, for all intents and purposes, are kinda krap. What does one do with those pieces in between learning a new thing and taking it to a proper level? They are the middle fodder."
When I asked Lynn this questions, he said " what makes you think its any of your business to decide?"
Uuuuhhhhh....ok. Big thought. Makes my head hurt. Solves nothing. Yet.
I suppose that I think of my own art in a similar way to how we think about our children: They are mine, when actually, they are donated to us to raise for God, in what ever bent He wants them to grow into, but they are not really ours, lock stock or barrel.
Perhaps its similar for me with art, I still may be labouring under the misconception that my art is, in fact, mine?
I dunno. Need time to ponder.
I asked the same question of my artist friend, and he had a wealth of inspiring ideas to launch me into the notion of re-working them, effectively taking them to the next level.
So....I think I will continue to store them for a while until the next process for them presents itself.
Thanks for the good words JS!
ADDENDUM, as of May 2014:
Two of these pieces were reverse glass paintings. I took a hammer to them two nights ago. They went out in the garbage. I can only store so much at one time.
I am sending multiple pieces to the Habitat for Humanity July 4th Fundraiser Auction. two of them will be Kooky Cuisine pieces and maybe one or two of the abstract "Bottles" series. 4 pieces in all should clear out a fair space in my studio allowing me to move on to the next artistic level.
In the past, I have been known to commit desperate acts of purging. There is something freeing about destroying pieces of ones self. I dunno what that's about. You can engage your own mind in any sort of ensuing psycho-babble about that you want, I just don't have time or energy to waste on it right now and would (arrogantly) advise you to be like minded.
This time, because the particular items in my way are not able to be lit on fire, or destroyed with scissors as in years past, and, because I have been advised that destruction is stupid, I am going to throw these items up on my website, Facebook, and maybe another place with a starting bid of $35 to get rid of them so I have room to make more art.
These pieces are large, and heavy glass. They can NOT be shipped. They represent a transitional period in my own journey through art and painting specifically.
Due to recent (and what will become chronic) physical limitations on my part, I will not be making glass art of this size anymore. They are large enough to be too heavy for me to move from one venue to another easily, and they are simply in my way. I have been told to not let them go for less than $200 ea. But I have no venue to market them in right now and my studio is too far off the beaten path to attract routine tourist/pedestrian traffic.
So in order to press on creatively, I need to move these larger pieces.
This is a composite of 7 pieces just prior to being finished. Finished pieces coming soon. Art studio will be open this Saturday Noon - 6ish. Studio located at 410 East Cascade Ave, Suite B. (Next to the Old Charter School, at the end of the grassy lawn.)