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053. If You Love It, Let It Go

We all love to make things; it is the only thing that all of us artists and designers can agree upon. Some of us like the planning, some like the finishing, and some like the thrill of opening night, but we all love to make. On second thought, maybe there is more than one thing we can agree on: we have a hard time letting the work go. We control, we hoard, we keep it juuuust unfinished.

This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down to talk about the life of our work when our hands should be done with it. Whether it is going to a museum, a gallery, a private collection or an art fair, we all struggle with allowing the work to live beyond us and outside of us. We are the worst helicopter parents sometimes, and we never talk about how it could be damaging to the work we do.

Check out our documentary The Builder!
The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.

New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!
After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.

Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!
Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you!

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