I’m going to begin today with a tip: Write an artist’s statement before you pitch your art to a gallery or any venue that you would like to have sell it.
Not only will it help to sell your work, but it will also give you some focus.
I just reread my statement to see if it jives with what I’m doing on my trip, and I was encouraged that indeed it did (you’ll need lots of ways to give yourself encouragement in this business as there is a lot of rejection when you go to pitch your work).
Oh, by the way, pitch is a publishing term that means you are trying to sell your idea or project to someone.
Pitch or statement, all should be well-written and free of typos. Here’s my artist statement:
USA Neon Nostalgia
by Matthew Bamberg
In the vast expanse of the Western United States where land at one time stretched for miles undeveloped and connected by roads such as Route 66 that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, huge signs that blasted color during the day and flashed neon at night lured travelers to places of business from motels to bowling alleys. As the years progressed, the signage took on subtle changes seen during the day, a patina, if you will, that left them with streaks, dents, and peeling paint with exposed silver steel and other imperfections and tones and shades that both film and a camera’s sensor turns into art.
At night, the signs transform into glittering attractions (if the lights have been maintained) flashing all or part of letters from multicolored text and images, another form of photographic art within a different context, patina dissappearing and imperfections erased.
It is within these photographs of this U.S.A.-based subject that reveals a comical and colorful history of the U.S.A. during a time of innovation, a time when anything was possible from man on the moon to services performed for citizens through automation and new machines.
At any rate, here I am in Gallup, New Mexico, ready to look for any left-over neon from bygone ages or new neon made to simulate a bygone age, thus supporting my statement.
Then, yes, today I will make it to the big city–Albuquerque.
Long live Route 66!