Other than starting to read Air Guitar, one of the main things I took from theartassignment's How To Learn About Contemporary Art was the reminder that even though I don’t live in London or NYC, there is still plenty of art being made around me. Also the idea of “art being made now” as opposed to in any particular style is something I’ll be ruminating on for a while.
As a first (free!) step to connecting with my IRL art community, I went to an art show at my local library. The parking lot was completely full, which I’ve never seen before. I was starting to get a little anxious and I almost just kept driving, but I found a parking spot on the street and reminded myself that I could leave whenever I wanted.
I enjoyed myself after all. I wandered around the various displays (punch and chocolate desserts in hand), taking everything in and contemplating why I liked some pieces more than others. My favorite was an artist who used quilting techniques to create scenes of people (like a portrait, but made like a quilt? I really don’t know how to explain it). My grandmother and sister both quilt, but I’d never seen those techniques applied in such a different way.
I wasn’t feeling brave enough that day to talk to the artists about their work, even though I’m sure they would’ve been perfectly nice and happy to talk about their work. But while I was there I did see a flyer about another (free!) show next month at a different branch of the library, so I have another chance.