Newark NJ has developed quite a vibrant, often edgy, art scene. Tonight, a friend and I went to an exhibit and artists' talk because we wanted to hear Willie Cole He and two other exhibiting artists were on a moderated pane land it was certainly a lively evening.
Here's Willie with Shoshanna Weinberger, one of the other artists, while they both listened to the third member of the panel talk about her work (backdrop). These three artists are professionals and are extremely successful -- yet they have the same angst in the studio that any of us has -- and they admit to having more than their share of what Sandy Donabed calls the "crap quota." They all agree that you have to make a lot of stuff - just keep turning it out and some of it will be good. There is nothing new under the sun.
Time for bed! Too tired to think or to write any more. Willie Cole is charming and down-to-earth, despite his high profile. I had a chance to chat with him before the program started - a real highlight of the evening. 'Nuff said.