...I want to extend the most sincere of adoration to any/all of the people that took some time out of their Friday evening to come see my show at @quadcityarts.
I seldom have had the chance, at least recently, to showcase such a complete collection of work in a local space and share the opening of the show with so many friends/family. Many of my other experiences with opening receptions have been somewhat alienating experiences that have in some sense built up within me this unnecessary level of apprehension when preparing for such nights, but Friday was different.
This project has been in development for years, and I've been preparing for this particular exhibit for 18 solid months, shooting new imagery as the city surrounding me finds more means for synthetic destruction/reorganization It's still a bit overwhelming to try taking it all in, and I'll never get used to being the center of attention in any way, at least not in a direct sense. Seeing my name on a wall adorned with images and a perspective that only exists because I felt the need to bring it to life is a comforting yet overwhelming feeling that I seemingly long for yet become apprehensive to all the same. I'm thankful that somehow this abstract connectivity that runs me is slowly finding more of an audience, and helping such a distant and uncertain child feel slightly more comfortable in his skin. Art forced me to venture out of my comfort zone, and it continues to do so in a way that I never knew I needed so much.
So again, thank you to everyone that helped make Friday such an enjoyable night, and a big thank you to the people at Quad City Arts that were subjected to my overly-detailed statements and insane titles that were typed up for each image's title card (many of which were 4 lines long), you're the real MVP's in this situation.
If anyone would still like to check out the show it is on display through the 30th of November, and I'm more than open to making a few more trips myself if anyone would like to take in the show with a bit more background on each image.