Monday, August 14, 2017

Deborah Roberts: Why documenting your work is so important

Deborah Roberts: Why documenting your work is so important: Ok, so I've been away for a sometime now, but I'm back with some nuggets from my months away. One of the things I'm finding hard...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Deborah Roberts: Studio Update

Deborah Roberts: Studio Update: Summer/Fall 2017 Update   Power Dance , 30 x 22 cm Look for my work at the Chicago Expo in September 13-17 2017 Red do...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Deborah Roberts: Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea

Deborah Roberts: Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea: Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea : I started working on some new work and was rethinking my process, is it easier for me to plan out my c...

Deborah Roberts: Studio Update

Deborah Roberts: Studio Update: Summer/Fall 2017 Update   Power Dance , 30 x 22 cm Look for my work at the Chicago Expo in September 13-17 2017 Red do...

Friday, July 28, 2017

Studio Update

Summer/Fall 2017 Update 



Power Dance, 30 x 22 cm
Look for my work at the Chicago Expo in September 13-17 2017



Red dots and Hot water, 30 x 22 cm

It’s funny how one part of my life has come full circle since my studio visit with the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2006 I travelled to SMH to speak with Lowery Stokes Sims, then their executive director, and left with the feeling that much more work and scholarship needed to be done.  I met with SMH’s newest associate curator Connie Choi and assistant curator Hallie Ringle and felt good about it. Of course there is always work to do, but I feel much closer. Twins (2017) is now part of their permanent collection!
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Thelma Golden before Twins 
Nobody’s Darling: Women and Representation at UT Austin’s Christian-Green gallery continues over the course of this summer and concludes on August 4, 2017. As I’ve said, I’m thrilled to have support in Austin and am as happy to see varying interest across the US.
I will participate in the 2017 Art on the Vine at Martha’s Vineyard this August 12th through the 14th  with The Agora Culture in Edgartown, MA. The show will feature fifteen artists of color, and draws on distinguished collectors’ talents and art appreciators for what they describe as a “one-of-a-kind cultural explosion.” 


Liberty Stands With Them, 30 x 22 cm
Remember that my first New York City solo show at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in the Meat Packing District opens November 9, 2017 and closes December 23, 2017. I’m happy to return to the city to meet even more art lovers and for my exhibition. Let me know if you can attend this one!
Looking ahead to 2018, Jenkins Johnson Gallery is showcasing a solo show of my work in San Francisco between February and March, and maybe something looming in Atlanta, GA. Hard dates and times to come. I’ll keep you posted!






Why documenting your work is so important

Ok, so I've been away for a sometime now, but I'm back with some nuggets from my months away. One of the things I'm finding hard lately is documenting my work before it goes into the art world never to be seen or heard from again. Hiring a professional photographer is great, but if you can't afford one simply taking a iPhone photo may have to work. Your work is an investment and it's something you must take seriously, because if you don't it shows. I can't tell you how many time I have sent jpegs out with chopped hair, feet and arms, looking back it's embarrassing. Remember, everything you do as an artist is an investment in yourself and your practice. Lots of galleries and dealers show clients work from images from computers, email, laptops and other devices at fairs, special events and sometimes right there in their space. It shows that you care about how your work is presented and that you are a professional ready for the next level clients. Image quality and good documenting is key! Here's why...
Yesterday, I sat down with a curator from my past and we talked about a piece I did back in 2003. We both had different ideas of what the title was and why I painted it the way I did. I found out trying to convince someone of something like that is futile (side eye). She had her own idea even though it contradicted mine... whew a few intense moments. We finally let the matter drop, but WTF,  I'm the artist ... of course I know what the work is about, but I wish I had done a better job photographing and documenting my early works on canvas.
I haven't aways done things right, but nothing leaves my studio now without smiling for the camera.
https://www.ccad.edu/sites/default/files/documentingyourwork.pdf

Hey guys, everything I write about is from my own experience as an artist, I'm not speaking for anyone just offering up my thoughts and experiences. Thank you, I have hit a miles stone of over 10,100 views


 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea

Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea: I started working on some new work and was rethinking my process, is it easier for me to plan out my collages or just construct them based...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Anatomy of an Idea

I started working on some new work and was rethinking my process, is it easier for me to plan out my collages or just construct them based on what I'm thing about "politically or socially" at any given moment? I know this is a "first world" problem (sigh) but I think it's something I should give more thought to. Structure, structure and more structure...
After Grad school, reading theory and socially relevant books took a back seat to adventure novels and streaming stuff on Netflix. I'm wondering if it may be time to crack open those books again.
Creating a bunch of series is what I tend to do in my work, (my current one is called " A funky dish of Chitterlings, ok!) because it helps me to flush out an ideas and it helps the work make sense.

After my trip to the Volta Art fair  I now have a clean slate to think about how I make art. It may just be me, but I always find it helpful to think about how i process ideas and how can that process generate a creative zone for me to work in. I like sharing works in progress, it allows me to see how people are interacting with the work. I don't think my methods are any different from other artists working out there. It's easy to fall "so in love" with the work that you don't see major problems when they appear. I find talking to others artists, former teachers, art historians and the mailman helps.
Conversations can trigger amazing insights and helps unify a vision. Good work is not created in a vacuum, it can be incomplete without some feedback. I cold call people all the time, I figure "they can only say no"or "I'm calling the police if you don't stop calling me!" Never happened by the way (side eye) Having someone with a critical eye looking at your work is so important I can't stress this enough. It forced me to shut up and listen, take what is useful from those visits and discard the rest. My ideas come from shared experiences, just like most people out there. Putting your work and your ideas out into the world is not easy, but it's necessary if you want to play in the game.

http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/tips-brainstorming-inspiration-12359-10






















Sunday, January 29, 2017

Studio, studio and more studio

Big things ahead so, I am spending twelve hours a day in my studio practice. Stay tune and look for me in NYC in March! Here are some new works in progress and check me out on Instagram @rdeborah191