Friday Links

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It’s Friday afternoon – time to slack off at work and browse the net instead! Fortunately I’m here to enable your procrastination.

ARTISTS

Really loving this post on DudeCraft about the work of Jim Denevan who creates incredible largescale freehand drawings in sand.

Stephen J. Shanabrook makes rather strange work, including collages of heroin paraphernalia.

For those of us with gothic sensibilities – I’m loving the crazy Victorian aesthetic of Wilhelm Staehle’s site.

Beautiful drawings from Rachel Mosler.

This project gets points for sheer chutzpah – curator Anna Ricciardi is asking people to send her their gallery rejection letters for inclusion in an exhibition at Islington Arts Factory. So far, so good. But here’s the cheeky bit – she’s also asking for a £7 submission fee! I hope she’s done this deliberately as a comment on the increasing tendency for venues to charge artists to apply for exhibitions. Because if it’s not ironic, it would be too depressing for words.

ARTICLES

I like Joanne Mattera’s blog very much; she writes so eloquently about the realities of being an artist. In this post, she recommends that we define what success means to us (something art coach, Alyson Stanfield also strongly recommends) and suggests considering options beyond the narrows confines of the art world.

Daniel Sroka ponders how to survive as an artist in a struggling economy.

Lori Woodward Simons with some advice about how to negotiate with art galleries. This was published on Clint Watson’s FineArtViews, a blog with masses of articles about every aspect of the art world, including this great one about how to sell your art. Boy, do I need help in that department!

Lisa Call gets things done by setting goals and having a system.

HUMOUR

Step away from the metaphors and no one will get hurt! A piece of quite remarkable prose that, amazingly, was actually published. I wouldn’t drink anything while attempting to read this, if I were you.

Have I mentioned Wrongcards before? As their tagline says: ‘E-cards that are wrong for every occasion.’ Including zombie attacks…

When I lived in Leeds, a friend and I used to delight in that urban harbinger of summer – the sight of goths with thick white make up slowly melting down their faces. So as you can imagine, I was delighted to discover the blog Goths In Hot Weather.

And because it takes one to know one, here’s a delightful visual guide to goths. OK, so I’ve never actually been a full-on goth but I’ve come pretty close over the years and definitely have aspects of at least three of these!

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

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