Finally, after a long full month of solo exhibition throughout September, the show comes with a delightful closing last Wednesday on Oct 9, 2013. The exhibition that was held here in Shanghai City at Kokuyo Showroom had been a pleasurable experience for me. Starting from the beginning of portfolio review, conceptual proposal, and installation of the exhibition until the last day of the show.
There have been a lot of preparation and foreseeing of things that was needed for the show back then few months before the event took place. For me, the selection and idea proposal of the artworks is one of the most challenging tasks especially with the final 20 photographs that I have to choose from among all my photographs. This include the proposal and writing of the theme that fits together to tell a story.
The whole event was not just about having the artwork shown, but personally for me, it has taught me a lot on building an artist’s character when meeting different people such as my curator and responding to audience. I believe these are the important characters that each artist has to develop overtime to be successful one day.
Below are some of the lessons that I have learned;
Confident – For me, I believe this is one of my biggest challenges in learning. As an artist, I could spend big amount of time on site shooting and creating the artwork in front of my laptop, but reaching out with people especially stranger can be a challenge at time. However, with lots of practice and encountering with different people, it can be a second nature.
Trust – “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald
Discipline – Discipline, persistence and endurance. It’s a vital tool to make sure that the quality of your artworks, services, follow-up, phone call and communication is consistence all the time. Meeting the dateline and delivering the service on time. One of the most effective way for me to usually do is to simply to write them down and look at it everyday. Whenever a job is done, I’ll just tick it off so that I would not miss out any important task. This often helps me to stay consistent throughout.
Relationship and communication – “No one wants to have their art decorated at home that reminds him/her everyday about the bad experiences with the artist”. When we talk about art, I believe we are indirectly referring to the expression of the artist’s personality. Because artist usually create art to express themselves (ex. the things they like, their imagination, feeling and thought). And therefore I find that it is essential for us to build a good relationship with our audience and the people that we connect with. In the end, it’s not just about making ourselves looks good, but that others could enjoy our art and also the wonderful time they spend with the artist.
Learn from failure and move on – I am always reminded of the inspiring conversation between Alfred and Bruce Wayne in the movie Batman Begins.
Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I’ve failed.
Alfred: Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
Bruce Wayne: You still haven’t given up on me?
Failure is just a stepping stone to help us move forward. But firstly, we need to recognize what we did wrong in the first place. After that, we find the solution and make changes, adapt, evaluate, move on and try again if we fail.
In closing, the show has been a wonderful journey for me to learn and to see the various aspect of running a solo exhibition. Keeping up with new works and following up audiences from time to time. I hope that this story and my experiences could encourage you to continue in pursuing the dream that you desired. With that, I would like to close this writing by sharing with you some of the photos of the exhibition. Enjoy!About: Paul Chong is a Malaysia born landscape fine art photographer and artist currently base in Shanghai. He is dedicated to capture the beauty of nature scenery in which he also creates colorful fine art photograph for sale in various format and sizes, featuring museum archival quality fine print. Some of his work can be seen published in magazine, website, event brochure and flyer. He owned a collection of magnificent artwork which can be seen by visiting his online gallery at www.paulchong.photoshelter.com
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