As we’ve said, we’re hearing more and more from curators and gallery owners who have been using bakerartistawards.org as a resource for putting together shows and exhibitions. But they’re not the only one’s. Using the “Favorites” feature on the website, anyone signed up can put together a show or curate a collection of their favorite artwork. In the coming months, we’ll be taking a look at some of the collections we’ve come across.
Not long before winning one of this year’s Mary Sawyers Baker Prize’s, we talked to Shodekeh Talifero about his collection of favorites….
“I carefully chose works that spoke to me not only as an artist, but personally as an individual. I have an extremely inquisitive mind & thirst for learning through new experiences, ranging from a variety of fields & subjects such as Art, Science, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Dance, Language, History, Nature, Technology, Culture, Physics, Business, Theology, Film, Biology, Martial Arts, Psychology, Strategy, Sexuality, Mathematics, & so on. The twenty one selected works here in my “Curator’s Gallery”, reflect & touch on the excitement, energy, & imagination felt when I’ve gained new insights into these varying realms as separate entities &/or as connecting studies & practices that inform all around. This in turn gives birth to new muses & INSPIRATIONS for the work I create & share in my life.”
“I really enjoyed “Tied” by Brian Henry. It just captures a really fascinating moment, the person there in the photograph appears to have accepted the complexity of having his fingers tied every which way to a number of unacknowledged sources, while looking quite intense about the situation all at once, wow. It reminded me of a time of when I was a kid and I found my parent’s Pendulum Collision Balls, that were all sorts of tangled up, it looked impossible to restore them all. But I managed to untangle them all in one setting, in about an hour or so, or at least I think it was an hour anyway. But I’ve always enjoyed solving VERY complex problems, I get a real thrill out of it, and this piece here just reminds me that in order to successfully solve a complex problem, if that’s what you choose to do that is, you must first PEACEFULLY accept the fact that the complexity of the problem exists, or at least give a good try to accept it!”
“‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ by Jessica Stoker & ‘Jazz Freedom, Freedom Jazz’ by Raymond Lucas both spoke to me about ideas of there being varying parts and levels of our individuality as people. They both sort of reminded me of such films as “Fight Club” or “Black Swan”, where there may be more than one source within ourselves working separately, but simultaneously. Like having an imaginary friend, or having an imaginary twin. They also inspired thoughts of being at odds with oneself perhaps, or finding a way to grow by competing with your reflection in the mirror, rather than your so called opponent. Outdoing yourself, or Astrally Projecting THROUGH the work that you do and love. Both really beautiful works and pleasantly disturbing. Subtle haunts.”
“The ‘Love Series’ photograph by Sarah Ball in which the young girl is holding the crystal ball upside down & ‘Offer…’ by Vincent Thomas were two pieces that inspired notions of going beyond, or reaching for a source beyond my existence, like reaching for a star or a light source in another dimension. I actually had these two selections “interacting” with one another, I originally had Sarah Ball’s piece positioned directly above ‘Offer…’ so that it would look like the young woman in Vincent Thomas’ piece was reaching for the crystal ball in Saran Ball’s piece!”
Shodekeh also had this to say about his selection of Favorites: “I wish I could have selected a few more perhaps and saw it as an interesting option and challenge on the Baker Site…”
“The pieces here were very carefully chosen. They all impacted me in ways that relate to the sort of work I enjoy creating as an artist. I enjoy being a fan just as much as I enjoy creating, sometimes I enjoy being a fan even more, it ebbs and flows I suppose. But the works selected in my Favorite Gallery definitely inspired me to work even harder on my Nomination page actually, and just reminded me of what gets my juices flowing, they made me think, ‘What would make me a fan of my own page?’.
It’s interesting to hear about the impact seeing work on the site has on other artists, and how the process of selecting favorite artwork and nominations can improve your own. We hope that it’s something people find encouraging for their own work, and useful with regards to their own nominations leading up to next year’s awards, which will open the site back up for nominations in early October….