Short film research Part 3: Infinite options - stay tuned
Short film research part 2
Research for short film shoot
Works sold at Art League holiday mini-mART last weekend. Includes sketches, drawings, and collages on paper. I had no plan to exhibit these works and it seemed like the perfect venue to share some smaller pieces.
(c) Regina Agu 2011 - 2012
Studio view of small works (collages, drawings, sketches) that I placed in the Art League Houston curated holiday Mini-mART this past weekend.
I realized how much I don’t do social media while traveling. I need to disconnect to embrace new connections.
It felt so good to be in a room, at a table with my own, breaking bread…progressive, loving, fighting. For once, no need to explain away my hybridity.
“It is well.”
Also, can I pitch a tent in the Strand bookstore? I promise I’ll be quiet.
This past week was full of:
dreaming out loud with stangers
old friends (after 12 years and multiple countries, we all looked the same. Maybe just a bit heavier) - Johnannesburg reminiscing
Disparate threads woven together into a cohesive plan. I know why I’m here. I know the work I need to do.
(I need a better term for “aha! moments”)
I want to grow roots in Brooklyn.
I had the most incredible host ever. She is a goddess <3
Having my short story workshopped in a few weeks.
Finishing said short story (nothing ever feels “done”).
Releasing new images.
Reading new poems.
Absorbing new ideas, forgetting old fears.
Sketchbook 7-13-2012 (cut-paper collage on paper)
Notes: Source materials include a volume from the late 50’s on the history of world peoples.
View my sketchbook
Quick notes from today:
As the weeks count down to my solo exhibition opening in late September at Fresh Arts, in Houston, TX, I’ve started to focus on the administrative tasks at hand. Submitting materials for press releases, revising and tightening up my statement, scheduling talks, and of course, remaining in all-out production mode.
This summer I’ve had the opportunity to have a studio all to myself and this time alone has solidified what I’ve learned about my own approach to art-making and process. I am a researcher at heart. My process vacillates between months of research, reading, record-keeping, organizing, archiving, and documentation, followed by fruitful periods of making and intuitive creation…working through the ideas and producing final objects.
I’ve played around with different levels of visibility online into my art process over the past 3 years. I reached a point of social media burn-out in 2011. I used to post diligently on other platforms: a year of daily drawings, lengthy process blog posts, reading lists, etc. I think ultimately I tired of this because it began to feel too much like “production”, an unwilling performance even, and less like the intense research time that I require to recharge and create.
Still finding the happy medium.