Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Medium Media

"A Future View",  
Transfer mono print by
Alan Singer

I think I want to start our new year of 2017 with a hopeful sign against a backdrop of political turmoil.  The election cycle in this country was a big disappointment, and I was amazed that there seemed to be little in the way of substantive debate about the issues that surround us.  For me, the studio is a place I can go to do what I do best, which is communication through image making.  I know also, through practice, that once I have created prints and paintings, I have to get them out and around so people can see them.  There are a variety of media that help me do this, and here I am talking about the WEB - the internet has really given me a helping hand in this regard.

Crystal Monument
Transfer mono print by
Alan Singer

Last fall I had a print ( above - "Future View" ) in an exhibition in London,England  that I would have never been aware of had it not been for the WEB ( Thank You, Artist Marketing Services! ).  Likewise, I would not have had another work ( above - "Crystal Monument" ) circulating in Europe, had it not been for the selection process announced by the Center for Contemporary Printmaking over the internet.

Artists have ample opportunity to submit their works through the online exchange of information from prospective galleries, but all this comes with a fee attached ( for administrative purposes ).  If you don't live in a place that has a bustling art market, you can always send the work to a place that does.  This assumes that you will have the funds to send the artwork across the pond if the need arises.

Transfer mono print by Alan Singer
at JMM in Atlanta, in January

Looking forward to the new year, I have already sent out prints to a show and conference for mathematicians in Atlanta, Georgia.  My interest in breaking new ground through the visualization of mathematical functions  ( Thank you Cinderella 2 ) has opened up a new audience for my artwork, and I hope that my art will be accepted and purchased along the way by this new audience.

In case anyone reading this wants to follow along, there will be another selection process for BRIDGES - a conference between math and art that will convene this summer near Toronto, and I hope to be part of that coming show - where art and math get together.  This is all part of my interest in STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics ).

9th Anniversary issue out now

I was happy to be selected for an interview in the new 9th Anniversary issue of ARTVOICES, that is published both online and in print ( visit them online: http://www.artvoicesmagazine.com ) and there I have a cover story by City Newspaper's Rebecca Rafferty, and she details the how and why of what I create in the studio.  From my perspective, I am glad that people in the media see my artwork, and have selected it for publication.  Along with ARTVOICES, my prints were featured in another new publication called: CREATE Magazine, and I am in the inaugural issue  ( visit CREATE here: https://createmagazine.net ).

CREATE Magazine, the inaugural issue
out now...

So, talking about the medium of print, I am happy to report that a book I have co-authored with my brother Paul Singer, will be published this year by RIT Press, and I will let my readers know when it  arrives.  We write an illustrated biography of our father, Arthur Singer, who as I mentioned in my last post was a wildlife artist.  We are hoping that this book finds a wide readership.

So the medium is the media.  The art part is a challenge, but so is getting your work seen by your audience.  There is so much competition for attention, but thanks to the WEB we have more opportunity than in the past, don't you think?