Saturday, November 29, 2008

i was once

after putting the final steps off for too long I finally sat down to work on the skis that Luke at Moment was kind enough to think I should design. so after Max calming me down from a slight melt down, I have some-what finished them. it really reminded me of college and Peter's critiques. feeling vulnerable and standing there while people who have no understanding, tell you what you should have done to make it fit in to their idea of (cliche) art. and maybe i haven't felt this exposed in awhile because i haven't made art in so long. then there's the art i have made, mostly therapy and things for other people. but that is different. thousands of people are going to see these damn skis. and if they don't like them, they could take my bike! so now sitting here half asleep and lonely i am doing my bi-annual googleing of myself and what i found were nice things people said about me the last time (i thought) i was an artist. enjoy...

(review from an art show in Carson)

What up, Amber Gutry?

Usually she’s at Never Ender, the boutique and gallery she owns in Reno , stitching together belts out of visquine and hardware-store paint samples, or providing a well-lit, much needed venue for young painters funneling out of the University of Nevada , Reno .

While not holding together the scene, she’s behind the scenes, shooting photos. With an eye for graceful combinations of the industrial and the soft, she looks for small, urban details and ends up with a mix of sparse, graphic boldness and textural abstraction that is as close to tactile as you could get in a two-dimensional medium. They exist just as pixels in files until an outlet comes along, and she takes a flexible approach to the work’s final form. The same images might end up on a quilt or in a frame.

(from RNR review of an art show at Never Ender)

For Gutry, this was also an experiment in relinquishing some of the control she would normally have over an exhibit. Part of her idea was to take a creative approach toward meeting one of the challenges of running a gallery: finding a stable of dependable artists who consistently produce good artwork.

Gutry has always been one to capitalize on whatever resources are available. In late 2004, when the walls weren’t installed in time for Never Ender’s grand opening, she held the exhibit on bare lumber framing. In this case, she’s depending on her usual artists’ professional connections to help her cast a wider net.

some days do you feel like you are walking backwards? i do today