C3’s Talk20 Recap

by christinamdick

Last night’s 10th edition of C3 Richmond’s #Talk20 consisted of eight speakers, who each had 20 minutes and 20 slides to tell their story.

My favorite was Jack Brandt, an artist with al that “inter-weaves his life into his artwork.” The paintings he showed were stunning and his story was even more amazing. He used an app to assist him speak – so thankful for this technology. Here’s his philosophy:

“My artwork reflects my understanding that each individual holds an important position in life that is complex and intertwined with emotion. Substantial Position represents a place in society where each individual is valued. This position, whether political, religious, or personal needs to be acknowledged and respected. Substantial Position is my viewpoint on society’s perceived knowledge and understanding for “different” or “diversity” in today’s world.

When I create a piece of artwork, I ask myself the following questions:

Are the colors and designs substantial to the piece?

Does the position of the colors affect the piece, or is it better to view the piece in black and white?

In Life, does color matter?

Are the titles of my work substantial to understanding the piece beyond the color and elements of design?

Do the titles provide a clearer understanding of my viewpoint?

Does my physical state add anything to the piece?

Now, if I tell you that I have a disability is that meaningful for you to know?

Art allows me to be expressive and bold. The medium i choose allows me speak more directly to an individual in lieu of other means of communication. In some of pieces, the viewer will see my understanding of life as being complex and intertwined with emotion. My other pieces reflect my frustration with society’s lack of knowledge, intolerance, and, in some cases, total neglect for those who are deemed “different.” I feel that we live in a society that does not see all individuals as leading substantial lives in our respective communities. Some people in today’s world believe individuals with disabilities or those who are diverse in other ways, such as myself should be nonexistent or unseen. When individuals take a first glance at me they focus on my wheelchair and speech and tend to forget that I have a Substantial Position in life, which is exhibited through my use of color and design in my art.

-jack brandt”

You can find the transcript of his talk here.

Grant Garmezy, a local glass artist, also had a cool story. His studio is located near Virginia Union, and he talked about inviting the community to see his work and his proactive approach to being an artist and putting himself out there.

I also learned about RVA Makers, a community of artisan makers. They’re made up of glass artists, blacksmiths, painters and more. They’re affiliated with the Collegiate School, The Martin Agency and one other group I can’t remember. They’re having a Makers Fest this summer. When I find out more, I’ll post about it.

Here’s a list of the speakers:

Jack Brandt, Shadows of Grooving Colors -Paintings by Jack Brandt
Allison Carver, A Taste of Therapy
Paul Cassimus, King of Pops
Grant Garmezy, Glass Artist
Phillip Gravely & Kim Catley, Hometown Junket
Bert Green, Solar Mill
Todd Nuckols, Lighthouse Labs
Heidi Rugg, Barefoot Puppets Theatre

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