I woke up this morning with another day of nothing in the refrigerator and waiting until I felt up to eating soup for breakfast and so I was gravitating towards my usual news feeds and came across SFMOMA’s Open Space blog, a forum for critical and personal writings and media about art, culture and issues specific to the Bay Area. According to the museum blog’s About page, “Our aim is to provide a platform for, and a window on to, the life and vitality of the art-engaged communities of this dynamic region, and beyond.” Having been a frequent reader, I can tell you at that, they do a very excellent job.
They rotate contributing writers every few months, they are not on assignment from the museum; so the blog and it’s content are independent and quite lively. There have been 350 contributors. If you have an interest in making suggestions or making an inquiry to Open Space, they ask that you contact suzanne at sfmoma dot org.
Back to what made today’s post of interest: a roundtable discussion: Location & Practice: Amy Franceschini, Dominic Willsdon, Apsara DiQuinzio. The discussion is part of the exhibition catalogue for Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art. Open Space writes, “Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers, in conversation with Dominic Willsdon and Apsara DiQuinzio, talks about what it has meant for Futurefarmers to have made a commitment to living and working as artists and artist collective here in the Bay Area. The passages excerpted are from a conversation between several artists who have developed unique arts organizations in the cities featured in Six Lines of Flight. Their discussion was recorded at the museum on August 30, 2011, as part of a series of conversations between these artists, SFMOMA curators, and a range of San Francisco Bay Area curators and scholars.”
Amy Francheschini begins the archived dialogue by saying she sometimes wished she hated the (Bay Area) enough to leave. She says, it is a bad drug, because of how it expensive to be here. Because of that, she says, as artists, we are continually scrambling, teaching at different schools, freelancing, and then art becomes “our hobby in a way.” The discussion turns to how personally clever, creative and politically active artists have had to be in certain circles just to survive.
For me; I’ve passed the full time commercial art jobs, the teaching jobs, for now even the freelance jobs. The only reason I’m even still here is by the graciousness of a few good people. I’ve said publicly before that I must deal with more than one (non-ambulatory) disability. So I do get to write, and I get to create my art, which is not presently selling. But just maybe one of these days it will. For now I link you to the full discussion about Location & Practice: A Roundtable Discussion