~ Gritty Nonsense solo show, An Artspace group show, Heidi Valkenburg solo show, White Rabbit Live painting, & Masson vs. Valkenburg at Lumen Gallery 2014 ~
Making art is freeing in the boldest sense. Often with acting, you’re waiting by the phone, hustling desperately to get seen for a project or auditioning scarcely. The art of making ART is that there is no barrier in the way that there can be with performative work – You want to create something? Go ahead and do it. No one is standing in your way, no audition process here, the tools enthusiastically accept you – so get cracking! This realisation during a time when acting work slowed down was nothing short of a personal euphoric revelation for me; and as a result I’ve had a few fun little shows of late.
The highlight of these creative endeavours was a joint display with my art friend, inspiration and lady love Sarah Masson. Together we created live art with painted pastel nymph models, assembled live music, and shared a beautiful loft style space above a quaint little antique’s store. Although art has always been a practiced and integral part of my existence (the mistress to my wife; acting, if you will) I feel that now is somewhat of a formative beginning or ‘birth’ in terms of my visual art practices.
There is so much mind mess brewing.
Images By Stuart Willis, Lisa Cookson and Sarah Masson.