March 1, 2022
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I DID SAY, THAT THIS BLOG WILL NOT BE ABOUT ART, BUT I WAS WRONG. THERE IS ONE THING ABOUT ME YOU SHOULD LEARN, I CAN ALWAYS CHANGE MY MIND. SO, I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THE TOPIC AND I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT WRITING ONLY IN BIG LETTERS IN THIS BLOG. YOU CAN NOT READ THAT SHIT PROPERTY, RIGHT!? NOW WE ARE STUCK WITH ART TOPICS AND REGULAR WRITING, GREAT!
But don’t give up on me, too soon. Because this month we are having a guest on my blog! Yeah, that’s right. I got a chance to interview the Founder Director of Studio Gallery Group, Kerry Armstrong. One of Australia’s largest commercially available collections of contemporary art held across three stunning gallery locations in both Melbourne and Sydney. The world is really changing, the artist is asking the gallerist some critical questions. Fuck! So, before we start the conversation with this astonishing and powerful woman, I would like to share with you some other interesting details.
I am quite present in the online world, and we know that such exposure can be a problem for people with sensitive stomachs. I am not one of them. But people do tend to leave crap comments and are inspired to call you bad names almost every day. The more I am out there, the more hate I get. And it is simple as that! Take it or leave it. So, I am taking it andfocusing on good comments and on people that adore my work and my person. They are winning at the end, yeah! But, last month, something extraordinary happened. Usually, I am getting 2 to 5 hate comments, and last month over 100 in one day. Ok, what made them so mad!? Well, there was an Instagram post with me being blond in shorts, purring pink color out of my yellow bucket directly on the canvas. Shame on me! How did I dare to just stand in my studio, with my bucket and splash the color! I must be a terrible artist and my art must be just pure shit! Or? They probably understood that my art is about purring color on the canvas and recording that, period. Well, that is kind of true. I do use the colors and yes I like to energetically smash them on the surface. Yes, I also like to document the whole process, and yes, I really like uneducated bullshitters behind trash comments! I used to answer all of them by being very kind and thanking them for investing their time in my art. They never replayed again. Never. But, now I decided to just block them and delete their comments. Because I can and because I can change my mind whenever I want, period! What would you do? Actually, most of the haters were men. I think those are all small men with a big problem.
And I am truly sorry for them. Being so small, and pathetic, and small…oh boy, it is not easy to be small. Let’s think one more time, should I better unblock them, so we can become very good friends and save the world!? Text me, what do you think?And now we are back on the main topic with my special guest – Kerry Armstrong! For all of you dying to ask the gallerist some juicy questions, I am doing it for you! Thank me
1. What if you like the art and absolutely hate the artist? Do you still work with them?
It’s an impossible feat to personally agree or ‘like’ everyone and that certainly mirrors back at me (!) so naturally, I have stronger affinities and different relationships with our represented artists, but I’m always focussed on delivering to them their career goals and freeing them up from distractions – so I put the personalities firmly to one side
2. Does the “black list” really exists? The list where all the artists end up that are contacting gallerists personally and offering themselves? (asking for a friend:-)
No black list here 🙏
3. Do you have a private life next to the art world, where nobody is asking you anything that is connected to art? (I don’t:-)
I absolutely treasure my private life, family, and friends where art is sometimes discussed, but I’d much rather hear what’s going on in their lives and catch up with them socially. 👏
4. How many times a day do you think to yourself while scrolling on Instagram: What a bad art!
A common thought I do have is why do Artists ask the audience for their opinion (?) that’s what I think is a negative element of social media for an artist. Be brave, bold, confident, and fearless I say!
5. And the most important question of all :)))): Why did you decide to work with me?:-)… well question 4 answers question 5!!!!
I was completed bowled over by your powerful conviction! The ownership, raw element and honesty were a no-brainer for me. Our collectors lovelarge-scale, brave, powerful expressionism, and they love Ana!
Dear Kerry, it was a pleasure speaking with you! You are always giving an impression ofeasiness mixed with being super professional. The trust I have in you and your gallery is almost irrational, hahha Can’t wait to meet you in person and finally visit Australia!!!!!!!
Now everyone, go and check this gallery:
Guys, thank you for staying with me through march, and let’s chat again on April 1st!!!