In advance of his show, Islander, opening Friday at the West End Gallery, artist GC Myers recently shared a few thoughts on his blog:
Well, just another few days until another show at theWest End Gallery in nearby Corning. I feel that this show, which is calledIslander and hangs at the gallery from this Friday, July 26, until August 30, is a very strong group of work and represents my work at its best. I just think that this is a very good show. Maybe that is not for me to say but I am proud to deliver a show that lives up to my own expectations, especially to a gallery that I consider my home gallery, one that has been responsible for me even considering painting as a career path. Without their unexpected invitation to show my work there eighteen years ago who knows where I would be right now or what I would be doing. I very much doubt that I would be writing this at this moment. I even have a doubt that I would even be painting.
As much as I want to deliver a good show because of this gratitude there is also the desire to simply do well in your home area, to show the home crowd, especially those folks who first supported the work, that their support was well-founded. I feel a tremendous sense of debt to those people for giving me the incentive and inspiration to keep pushing ahead, to keep creating solid work that continues to expand.
There is also the desire to show young artists from the area that in doing consistently good work there is the possibility to make their living as an artist. Our area is not the most affluent and there are not a lot of examples of successful working artists for them to follow but I hope that they get some inspiration from a home grown artist who, while basically uneducated and without many advantages, makes a decent living. A matter of if he can do it,so can I.
I suppose there is also the desire to show those people who may have doubted the validity of my work from the beginning that it does have worth, does have meaning. That has become less and less of a motivator as I have grown into my work. I find now that I would rather focus on those people who see something in my work rather than trying to sway people who are naturally averse to my work. You can never satisfy everyone and wasting time trying to do so takes away from your core work.
So, as you can see, I put a lot of pressure on myself with these shows, probably more than I should. Probably more than is healthy for myself. I have written here before about the anxiety I feel before a show and it’s always even more intense before these home shows, especially a summer show such as this. You hope for a great turnout but being the summer many people are away on vacation or at the nearby lakes so attendance naturally suffers a bit. You want to put out a great group so that people don’t regret making the choice to come to the show and will tell their friends who couldn’t make it so that they will eventually stop in to see it.
But, in the end, I reconcile it all with the knowledge that I have given a total effort and produced a show of which I can be proud. Hope you can come see it.
The painting at the top is from the show and is titled The Understanding Silence. It is a 16″ by 20″ canvas.