31 August 2010

Melissa Tenney


1. Where and how would you display your work in an ideal situation?
Galleries that have a defined grace of professionalism is key. There is nothing more useless than having a relationship with a gallery that does not efficiently promote the artist. The gallery must know the clientele and their desires for a successful long term relationship. Most people who have money are told what they should like rather than encouraged to explore their senses. This is where the artist and the purchaser loses out. An ideal setting would be clusterfuck of thoughts and feelings pushed out in any given medium,style. The artist would feel released from a life long sentence of slavery to a Dealer and the purchaser could become more in touch with the art and not just it’s financial value.

2. If expository writing is good at elucidating and proving a point and
descriptive geometry gives us the tools by which to map objects in space
in relation to one another, what kind of an apparatus does art afford us?
What does art do best?
Art as a tool, in it’s most ancient uses comes as a possibility for survival and communication. That brings me to say that art is a result of being human.

Art in it’s first response is to hopefully relieve the artist of a most ensueing act of emotional and physical combustion. After that, if successful, it provokes thought, or the thought of the lack of thought.

3. What can you expect from your audience/fans/viewing public? What would you
like them to know about your work?
Personally, even after selling over 400 works, I never trust to expect anything from anyone. The people who buy my work are instantly possessed by its presence. It is something that naturally happens and still sends a rush though my heart to this day. To feel appreciated and loved, or connected with through the art you pour your life into is wordless, bountiful. Ultimately, you never know if you were a success until 20 years after your dead. I paint because I am a painter and a romantic. I am a seeker of truth. “I” is many, and we are all seeking truth.

4. Marcel Duchamp said - "Enough with retinal art!" What is your reaction as an artist to this statement?
I love it. Lets unplease the pleased. Lets invoke the senses, lets invoke the mind. Away with the puritanical ways. There’s nothing to be afraid of but freedom.

5. Do you think that there is still room for art movements in today's
pluralistic climate?
Yes, there is always room for a revolution. However, we have been in a capitalistic and disembodying fog. We are making decisions or lack there of decisions today that will effect the next movement. I hope I live to see it.

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