summer residency at the torpedo factory 2015

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finally i am in my summer residency program a.k.a. visiting artists program at the torpedo factory on the ground floor of the torpedo factory on the waterfront of old town, alexandria for the months of july and august 2015. this is the second and final year that i will do this residency program and the location of my studio#24, is  a potter’s studio  where the mixture of work creates a simple yet contrast of our styles.

i will be hanging out and finally working for myself for the next couple of months, working on new pieces, commissions and new projects.

the contact with the public and contact with possible consumers of art is always an interesting mixed array of personalities . my aim is to further a new, more commercial line for an online market company which i have begun to work with. work that to some might consider a bit more commercial, but with the on-growing desire to be visible to a virtual community where click and buy has become a part of every day life, i am slowly moving towards this direction of sales to create a following online as well as off line. it is extremely important to keep up with the times as technologies progresses and new ways of selling work and creating a visible , more vast audience of art consumers. though hand made seems a bit  more difficult to move through the web, it is vital that we create a presence of high quality wares for new younger group of consumers. i hope that you will all drop by and see the new things that i have in the studio# 24.

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torpedo factory art center    105 north union street   alexandria, virginia 22314

m-f : 10-6  sat: 2.30-6     sun 10-3

drawing in the early morning and other new things

sorry that i have not kept up with my blogging lately but have been working overtime in preparation of my summer residency at the torpedo factory art center this summer beginning in july and august 2015 and have so many little things to attend to with the upcoming gig. most of my sleepless nights are spent thinking about new things to try out and I am glad to say that shortly I will be collaborating with an online company to sell a commercial line to the artsy fartsy crowd of hipsters and art lovers on a budget…..many creative minds might not agree with a more commercial side to their creative endeavors but, as this technological world advances , we must use the tools of social media,and online stores to test new concepts in our work and reflect on the reactions of a new technological group of online consumers.  i hope to produce a small line of affordable art for this new hip company as we search out together new markets and concepts for my work via the internet and social media. when things are finalized with this new company i will provide a link to the online store where some of my selected work as well as other artists in different mediums. in the mean time, i wake up early and draw to soothe my creative soul  to try to keep my hands able and ready for the new designs that i am coming up with….when you draw, not every day is a good day and i find waking up early in the silence of the morning gives me a heads start to create and concentrate on my art.

stay tuned for more updates and sorry for the weblog silence.

pen&ink drawing "the studio"

the studio

helping others, helping ourselves

O street Installation

on some occasions, there are times when some of my artist friends call on me for help on installations and set ups in diverse spaces and galleries such as the one above at the o on h gallery in dc where i helped install a painter friend of mine, marsha staiger’s work for an upcoming show (marshastaiger.com), in this recently renovated space in a new and upcoming part of the district of columbia . it is important to be able to collaborate and hang shows with other artists to assist them with another set of eyes to make sure artwork is properly represented in different environments and spaces it increases a stronger sense of an artist community .  hoping that it will inspire each creative person to open themselves up to the opportunities to do set up and help other artists hang shows even if your experience is limited. in this way ,you can discover the diverse venues and  spaces where art is shown and meet other artists normally outside of your network.  artistic expression is diverse as the artists that create them. meeting other artists helps broaden the artistic network from gallery and business owners to artists and art lovers. we sometime do not know  if all locations and spaces that we look at are the right fit for our work,  through the networking system between artists and primarily through word of mouth. you can open the horizons to places and contacts  to show your work or at least come in contact with another part of the creative art market and the individuals that run them. new venues sometimes have technical restrictions set into them  like the work which we hung (above) , the restriction was that nothing could be nailed to the walls and the use of the hanging system had to be used for all pieces in the show. how we see our in different spaces sometimes has to be modified to fit in the technical requirements  of a show. while at the gallery  i was able to meet a couple of the other artists as well as the show organizer of the upcoming show .  the space is fantastic. just another place and space to put in my address book for future reference. be open to giving yourself new opportunities to meet and discover places where your work can be shown. increasing the eye traffic on your art.