The First Meeting
Finally! I was so happy to meet the artists yesterday. We had some very interesting discussion for a couple of hours. Everyone shared their point of view, talked about writing a mission statement and described a brief overview of their art.
I started writing this blog because I'm hoping to get across my intentions, and the nature of this project. SYNERGY is not a known entity, because it has never been done before. This is not a competition or a show that has the same parameters as those which have previously transpired.
Evolving Perceptions is the non profit that sets up certain guidelines in terms of SYNERGY having the right foundation.In order for SYNERGY to be viable to the grant making agencies, we needed to have a qualified jury to select the participants. Maryam Ovissi, who is the chairperson of Evolving Perceptions, has been involved with art curating and artists all of her life, as her father is a well known artist. So, I depend on Maryam to keep us within the guidelines of what is appropriate for SYNERGY to function as a viable project.
As an artist, I want the same things for the participating artists, that I would want for myself. Originally, I planned to be a participant. This project has come a long way, and now I find myself to be the facilitator. This is fine. I'm happy to work with artists, because what I want is to learn from everyone.
I am an artist with an idea, who has been very persistant in following through with it. I am not an art commission. I've spent more than a year with no compensation to try to get a movement going to spark some art energy into this region. It's the intuitive connection that I'm looking for, not the intellectual one.