If you're familiar with me and my interests you might have picked up on a lot of changes these past three months. You might also have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about and could care less, (joke is on you if you continue reading!)
For those that have diligently followed The AP Collection since its humble beginnings in 2012, you have learned two things about me: When I do something, I become kind of obsessive and hammer out work left and right. Secondly, that the work produced can come off as interesting but it's purpose is not 100 percent clear or totally thought out. After three and a half years of collecting long form interviews and playing around with whether or not I was a podcaster or an artist or all the things or none of those things—a path has become evident.
I'm an artist. (I know, it's really a huge goddamn surprise right?) Sitting here typing this though, I really want to lay out what my career looks like at the moment and put a bug in the ear of the world about my version of "artist". Just know that it all comes back to connecting people and drawing stuff.
- One who knows enough to get around the Internet, a printing press, audio recording equipment, (definitely not video equipment—leave that to my friend Njaimeh), oil paint, Adobe CC, and watercolor.
- One who has worked as a community organizer and bartender and sees how these jobs are super related.
- One who is obsessed with good materials but also able to run so cheaply it's scary.
That's What You're Good At is a series nestled within the large scope of my 2D work. It's basically replacing the long form podcast as I still record audio but now blend in more drawings. (I'm still not happy with TWYGA's web presence but it's nice to have something to chip away at and a reason to learn more about web development / design.)
People are asking for commissions which is excellent and I want that to keep happening. The process is simple and pretty quick: people send a group of photos, I draft an original composition, (no straight reproductions of pictures, that ain't how I do), you pick from a thumbnail sketch and off we go! $200 later you have an original 8 x 10 watercolor awesomeness.
This is just a little thing to keep the wheels greased. It's also really fun! I want to send stuff in the mail to people, teach drawing classes, and interact. It's not a lot of dough to have a little extra fun in your life.
Just sign up already! You won't even notice the money coming out of your account and you will be so excited to get shit in the mail.
This next part is from an email I just sent someone and it explains my ideas behind Finder Quigley so well. Bless the human who reads all this ::prayer emoji::
"So! I am currently building connections with people in a variety of sectors here in Pittsburgh. I’ve noticed that my partner for example loves to purchase prints and small paintings for our house but never ever goes to a gallery exhibition unless I’m going. Many events I attend seem to have the same group of artists all supporting each other’s work (which is fantastic) but building new audiences feels unattainable. I don’t think that’s the case.
In 2015, I threw two very tiny invite-only events where artists talked about their work with guests I knew from "traditionally non-creative fields”—learning about art collection. Eight-five percent of people who showed bought something and fun was had by all. A space was created to ask questions about why and how to collect art.
I want to keep doing this. Small, intimate, pop-up events in non-traditional gallery spaces that encourage art purchases as a take away from a creative experience and provide a chill place to learn and network. There's a lot of possibility to do anything.
No cheese cube trays and crappy wine and everyone pretending they understand what’s happening and are too afraid to ask. No being sheepish about selling some goddamn art! Myself and a staff member are on hand as ambassadors between guests and artists (if that's even needed) and when a purchase is made we wrap it up and send it home with the buyer all neat and tidy!
The latest event is a pop-up show right next to a play! The look book going up the same day as pre-sale tickets go out: Monday February 8th at trustarts.org.
+ use coupon code FQ between Feb 8th and the 11th for $10 off entrance to the play, the art show, and dinner + discussion.
What happens to the old podcast?
It's still there! Feel free to listen to all the eps!
SO HELP A GIRL OUT
Hire me, e-mail me, patreon support me, get lunch and ask me questions about what you might need and maybe we can work together. If you can't do that, then follow me, share me, interact with me on the web. It's that's easy and I'll appreciate it so very much.