Short and simple: The opening was fabulous. I can’t believe how many people showed up. The turnout was amazing. I spent the entire evening talking to people yet I feel like I barely got to really spend any time with anyone. But I suppose that’s normal as openings go. Luckily Kasia and Kelly were there and Kelly spent the entire evening taking photos, so at least I have these photos to show you folks!
It was truly a great evening. And I'm not just saying that because En Foco gave me a big fat check. All of my friends came, and they brought their friends, and even a few friends that I didn’t expect made appearances. Two artists Terry Boddie and Tricia McLaughlin who also graduated from the Hunter College MFA program showed up and later two old pals, Jay and Ben, that I hadn’t seen in nearly 10 years made a surprise appearance. Shocking and delicious all at the same time!
The day after the opening (with a bit of help from the makers of Xanax) I managed to give a decent artist’s talk without sounding completely insane.
I think I succeeded in talking about the work intelligently and explaining what it is I do. Lots of people had really good questions and were really interested in the work and the narratives I was constructing.
My favorite part of course was after the talk when several people came up to me and shared with me how one of my works reminded them of a moment, or story, or person from their own lives. I never get tired of hearing these stories.
Everything was just too awesome. What can I say? My cup runneth over.