Why do we as artists submit to gallery exhibitions? There is not one definitive answer but this Juror's Statement by Karina Kelley and Bill Stelling, Kelley Stelling Contemporary sure does come close!
“YOU ONLY NEED TO CONVINCE SEVEN PEOPLE THAT YOUR WORK IS WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON: FOUR COLLECTORS, ONE ART DEALER, AND TWO CRITICS. JUST SEVEN!”
~ JERRY SALTZ
If you’re in this show, you’re ahead of the game: you’ve convinced two art dealers.
What do you see when you close your eyes? As gallerists, our visual world is saturated with images, the work of hundreds (possibly thousands) of artists, each perceiving the world in a unique way. We receive this information by directly viewing it, seeing an image on social media, and more rarely these days, in a book or magazine.
For this show, we looked at over 500 images, and selected around 40. After that, we closed our eyes. We couldn’t look anymore. If we missed your latent genius, accept our apologies. Like a job interview, we made up our minds about you after 3 seconds. This is why artists hate gallerists. On the flip side, gallerists are incredibly brave people. We remain eternal optimists, viscerally recognizing genius, and hoping others will get it too.
Our take on this show is that all art is ultimately introspective, with the goal of expressing the artist's vision to its intended (and sometimes unintended) audience. Whether this produces art that is political like John Buron’s video “Toothpaste Americano”, or something more ethereal and contemplative like Laura Radwell’s “Umbra”, does not negate the relevance of either. We chose work that is diverse, sometimes inscrutable, and speaks to the viewer in fresh, challenging ways.
Thanks to Fountain Street Gallery for giving us the opportunity to meet you through your work.
~Karina & Bill, October 31, 2018
I am honored that my black and white photograph, "For Reasons I Cannot Explain" from the Ireland series is part of this special Boston exhibition! Please mark your calendars for this special event.
11:11–The Depth of Perception, Juried Group Show
Jurors: Karina Kelley and Bill Stelling, Kelley Stelling Contemporary
Fountain Street Gallery
Dates: January 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019
SoWa First Friday reception: Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6-8PM