I leave tomorrow with a group of student artists to New York. We will be spending some time at the School of Visual Art to be guided by Elise Engler. Engler will be guiding us through developing tools and techniques to enable us to build our own visual narratives. Interestingly, the Guggenheim has an exhibition on currently called 'Storylines' (an article from blouin artinfo). The article concludes with, 'In the embrace of all perspectives, there are so many words, so much noise, we hear nothing.' After reading this article I want to see the works of this exhibition more than ever. It is really interesting that there will be so many different artists from different worlds and with different agendas all placed together. The works together may not flow or be seamless, but like any group of people placed together at any given time, there is always unexpected surprises along with the cracks and the issues. I think we decide firstly if we are going to listen and then choose if we decide to hear what is being said by each individual. It is just very apt that I am off on a journey with a group I don't know very well to learn about how to visually tell our own stories and how well we ourselves will listen and hear the stories of others. Then there is this exhibition that may reflect this journey, in a way, that begins tomorrow! I am fortunate, grateful and blessed to be having this experience. Can't wait!
Brisbane visual artist