Post #1172 • May 5, 2008, 8:11 AM • 33 Comments
Artblog.net turns five years old today - I put up the first post on May 5, 2003. It would not have gone on like this as a rant into the digital aether, as the About page once said, except that the aether ranted back. For this I thank you. I adore this community, which provides me with better discussion about art than I can find anywhere, calls me out on my failings of art and logic with a perfect blend of sympathy and force, and has caused me to think harder and more thoroughly about the key matters of artistic life than I ever would have troubled myself with on my own. Participation here and in the wider community of art bloggers has honed my thinking to a sharpness that a typical career in art writing, as one would have practiced it in the 20th Century, would have never exacted.
I have learned not to speculate on the future of Artblog.net, however I wax inclined to do so at milestones like these. Something unlike my speculations invariably comes to pass. I don't mind talking about the present, though, and I have been saving an announcement for today: the college which brought me out here to Orange County to teach and handle academic technology decided not to renew my contract for the fall. Supergirl and I have spent the last several weeks weighing our options, which thankfully we have. Bouncing ideas off of some helpful, kindly people in New York in March (you know who you are) has proved invaluable.
We have two decisions to make: what we are going to do professionally, and where we are going to do it. Regarding the latter, we have some extraordinarily kind invitations to come back east, to go north, and to stay in the area from various denizens thereof. Each location offers enticing advantages. I have a little more clarity regarding the former decision: whatever else I have to do to make it work, I'm renewing my commitment to painting and drawing, which only strike me ever more full of awe. Go See Art will likely provide part of the solution to making this viable.
We have some definite plans though. This summer, at the beginning of August, we're doing a road trip up the California coast, to Portland and then Seattle. From there we go to Edmonton, Alberta, for my solo exhibition at Common Sense Gallery in late August, at the kind invitation of the North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop and its worthy proprietors. We'll toodle around up there (Jasper is in the area, as are some talented artists), pick a direction, and move in it. As nebulous as it is, I somehow can't imagine a better way to start off the next five years of Artblog.net.