Blurb.com allows you to print-on-demand any type of photo book, but how many visual artists think to use this type of tool for self-promotion? Artist Robert Canaga used the resource to create a book of his paintings for an upcoming show at Coos Art Museum.
“The site is set up to purchase the book in print, but I have it set so you can look at all pages free,” explains Robert. “I did a little research and found these guys to be fast and they have a good reputation. I also created a book of one of my favorite models and sent it out to her in Scotland. 25 have sold so far. It’s a great tool for promotion.”
As I’m fond of saying, self-promotion is much easier if you know the self you’re promoting. Robert Canaga knows himself. This makes my job much easier, when I act as an editor or artist ghost-writer. I worked with Robert on his artist statement and press release for the Coos Art Museum exhibition. Good thinking is essential to good writing, and Robert’s knowledge of himself and his process made for a reflective interview.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
“In TRANSPORTED, painter Robert Canaga explores images of the vessel as object and symbol. The thematic forms bring to mind containers or sailing vessels from antiquity, familiar contours repeated throughout history.
“These paintings are based on the idea of transport from one place to another,” says Canaga, whose work is influenced by his near-death experiences, having been pronounced dead twice in his lifetime. TRANSPORTED’s metaphorical reference to the body-as-vessel cannot be overlooked, but the paintings do not convey fragility. Quite the opposite, they vibrate with celebration of their own place in the universe.
“I’m more whole at 64 than I was at 24. Held together, in a sense,” continues Canaga. “I’ve escaped amazing circumstances, but remained solid.”
“Transported” opens April 18, 2014 http://www.coosart.org/