State of the Union, December 2012

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. 2012 has been, as I may have mentioned previously, not such a good year for me*. Pretty much the only positives in my life have been a handful of new friends I met (plus a small circle of “older”, tried-and-true ones), and the art. Many other things, personal and otherwise, have turned out to be mirages, or just carrots dangled in front of me for whatever reason.

A huge chunk of my time has been invested in trying to just understand what I’ve been through. Never mind undoing the damage, or actually trying to move forward.

But the year is almost over, so it’s time to cast off all this extraneous existential bullshit and focus on the positive. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some monumental influences on my art (two people in particular, and I’m sure they know who they are), and my art career. I’m miles ahead of where I was after my first show – which was only fourteen months ago, though I find that hard to believe at times. It’s weird and a bit disconcerting to look back at how I threw that show together mostly by myself, just making it up as I went along. Now I’ve done four shows, I’ve got an art book in the works, and I even have an agent now.

I just need to figure out where the next evolutionary jump is. Merchandise sales are growing, and so is the local buzz, but it seems as though we’ve taken social media (for example) about as far as we can as a promotional tool. I’d like to get into galleries, of course, but I’m not exactly sure how that happens in today’s fragmented art market.

Until we figure that out, though, I’m immensely thankful for all the support and encouragement I’ve gotten from a growing circle of amazing people. And I’m looking forward to applying all the things we’ve learned this year to the next show**.

Speaking of which, I also want to focus heavily on artistic collaboration in my immediate future. The aforementioned show (with Alex Stewart) is a crucial step in that direction, and hopefully just the first one. I’d like to combine efforts with other artists, photographers, possibly even writers or musicians. I’d also like to put together street teams to promote next year’s events, so if you’re interested, please let me know.

So thanks for reading, and onward and upward in 2013.

Bret Taylor
Vancouver, BC
December 7, 2012

*In fact it’s been kind of horrible, especially the first five months.
**Hot Pink, tentatively scheduled for early February.

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