Several days of #wildartcolumbus (specifically September 13 through September 20) are curated by Daniel J. Gerdeman who has been actively practicing and teaching art for 20 years. Gerdeman once told a Wild Goose Board Member (then, in high school) that the best way to test the sharpness of an X-Acto knife is to lick it. She believed him, for a second. Despite this, he is a friend of Wild Goose Creative and practices many art forms, but has a focus on painting.
We asked him to answer a few questions about being an artist in Columbus, Ohio.
WGC: Art from Columbus is _________
DG: Art from Columbus welcoming. Our arts community is diverse, like every major city's art community, but there is a team player attitude when it comes to Columbus Art. High Brow and Low Brow artists prop one another up. There is a place for every artist in Columbus. There are venues for benefactors and a genuine belief that art makes a difference in our lives.
WGC: How did you select your artists?
DG: I selected Columbus artists whose work I respected. They have become my friends, but there was a deep emotional connection that I made to them before i knew them.
WGC: What is the best thing going on for artists in CMH?
DG: Anyone who wants to make art will have a place to show. Anyone who wants to become a “better” artist can find a mentor, a home, or an educational experience that fits them.
WGC: And the greatest hinderance?
DG: An arts district that doesn't become too gentrified, too “boutiquey.”
WGC: What, for you, defines “success” for an artist?
DG: Success is becoming comfortable enough to show your work to your peers and to your community. IF you sell work, great! But just gaining the guts to put your work out there is the first and highest hurdle.
Daniel Gerdeman will participate in #wildartcolumbus on September 14, 2014. You can view his art now at gerdyart.tumblr.com.