Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CYBER FYBER 2 Postponed Indefinitely!

I've been composing this entry for the past several weeks. I'm totally distraught about it; yet, it is unavoidable. I am so sorry.

During the past two months I have been investigating the needs to mount CYBER FYBER 2. I've learned so much, collected valuable information, and made many new contacts. I've also had to face facts. It pains me to announce that CYBER FYBER 2 has been postponed indefinitely....maybe until 2011...maybe longer. Current economic realities are harsh. A bright future might be on the horizon but there's no way to determine when it will blossom. South Carolina ranks second in US unemployment statistics and daily the numbers increase. I know teachers whose contracts will not be renewed after decades of loyal service. I know too many people in the arts and elsewhere being forced to take numerous, unpaid vacation days in order to avoid layoffs. I've had former Mouse House employees call asking if I have any openings. (I don't.) One of the people on my "Selected Reference List" is now looking for a job....needing references of her own. Our newspaper has cut staff because company advertising is so low. This cutback eliminated the entire arts section...writers and editors. The owner/editor of the region's monthly art magazine just took out a second mortgage on his house. The gallery in which my 2007 show with Janet Kozachek was held has closed its doors. I know of at least one other art gallery doing the same.

How can I, in good faith, approach businesses for financial support? I can't! How can I apply for grants from arts agencies that are experiencing as much as 25% reductions from their sources? I can't! How can I proceed knowing that Steve and I can't personally cover the expenses or expect help? It's impossible.

I don't, however, have to remove the show's listing from the Gallery 80808/Vista Studio's website. These two weeks in the incredible gallery space are mine! I WILL USE THEM to mount my own solo exhibition. The "working title" is "Life Everlasting". This installation will focus on personal and universal identities through art inspired by grave markers and epitaths.

There will be more developments, of course. For one thing, I've recently submitted exhibition proposals for "Personal Grounds" (including the entire Decision Portrait Series) and Blues Chapel. Also, I've applied for several artists residency programs and also for a summer scholarship to Penland. Depending on the outcome of one of these programs, I will hopefully be traveling to Austria with Pian and Annica (my Swedish stitching buddies) to take a workshop with Sara Lechner! I've started submitting my work for gallery representation too. In a nutshell, I'm redirecting my focus...away from CYBER FYBER 2 but toward an exciting, artistic year in art.


Alexandra said...

No problem, Susan! You follow your own artistic endeavour, and be sure that we will remain your followers on this way and gratefull for the bond you have created with Cyber Fiber.
All my best.
Alexandra Tudor

Corinne said...

I applaud you in so many ways! Not only is your vision artistically profound, but also full of common sense. I hope I can continue life's art journey with you no matter where you go or what you do! Thanks for all you do to stimulate the creative mind!

Jackie said...

I'm so sorry you have had to postpone CF2,but it will be an opportunity for you to do other things.
Thank you so much for my postcards it was lovely surprise and quite unexpected.

Fannie said...

Good for you, Susan. It looks like you've got your plans and priorities in order and exciting times ahead! Best wishes in all you do.