I love artists who choose to help other artists and, in the process, make their local art communities stronger. In November 2010, painters Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting created Gorky’s Granddaughter, a Connecticut-based video blog that grew out of their participation in EMC Arts New Pathways meetings with Artspace New Haven. New Pathways fosters innovative thinking by working with artists and arts organizations to develop new strategies for building community. Chris and Zachary’s concept is simple: they make studio visits with artists around the area, record the conversations on video, edit the files, and upload them to their vlog. Passionate about the project, they believe artists should document our own communities–not wait for organizations like Art21 to knock on the door. In less than a year they have visited more than thirty studios and built an amazing resource for the Connecticut art community.
Zachary Keeting, “March (2)” 2011, acrylic on paper, 30″ x 22″
Zachary Keeting, “January (5),” 2011, acrylic on paper, 30″ x 22″
Christopher Joy, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas on wood, 3′ x 3′ (approximately)
Christopher Joy, Untitled, 201, oil on canvas on wood, 3′ x 3′ (approximately)