My final First Friday Art Trek!! Once again, I was pleased to see the new shows had strong works. We visited Quirk, the ICA, Ada, Gallery 5, black iris and a Gallery 6's new location at 8 East Broad Street. The Gallery 6 showcased the same artist we visited a year ago at his open studio, and so we were very excited when we found him again at the new location, especially after looking up and down the street for a while.
My favorite pieces were at Quirk, ada, Gallery 5 and the Gallery 6, where the artists layered their colors to create their desired patterns well. Gallery 5 had a show called Hail Sagan with space-inspired works, like I am the Comet, shown above, and their proceeds were donated to a local astronomy program. Although Gallery 5's exhibits are now smaller due to their loss of their second floor, I still liked their music lineup and the theme. At Quirk, the artist used paper bags to create large sculptures like Thank You, Thank You, No Thank You, which I appreciated as they related to my found object works. The artists' works did not speak to me content-wise, but I liked their scale. Finally, Gallery 6's artists created works on 9 square foot canvases, so I understood the efforts they made and really enjoyed their execution. I considered making my piece in a similar fashion, building up layers and then covering them in resin for a finished look, but that's something I will have to consider more once I finish my piece.
Overall, this First Friday was another lineup of good memories and good art, and I look forward to the next Friday I attend--hopefully I can see at least two more before college. The works I saw made me consider how to finish my work, and taught me the importance of building a mark consistent across my works to develop my own artistic language.