Saturday, June 02, 2007

Glass Broken on 3 Drawings to Artfutura 2007

I used the $500 Drawing Prize won at Cambridge Art Association's Annual National Prize Show, to make it to the opening @ the Cultural Center of Chicago for the opening. But 1 hour before I left to the airport in Norfolk, VA, and just several hours before the show opened, I was notified that all three works chosen by James Rondeau, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Institiute of Chicago. I agreed to let the works be displayed WITHOUT glass. The works themselves were safe but they didn't have the grace they had under glass and the intended rips were too exposed.
Another artist had her large canvass punctured by a Fedex forklift at a local branch. But they had time to repair the piece. The Icon Group is handling the return shipping. I will repair the Non-glare glass when they arrive soon. And one of those works will go to New Jersey for a National Juried Competition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.
I enjoyed Chicago, despite the broken glass. Lake Michigan was beautiful and the guy in front of the Art Institute of Chicago selling Homeless papers enlightened me about where Route 66 begins and where the names of the Teenage Mutant Ninji Turtles were derived. The Cultural Center and other architectural wonders made me see beyond the small things.