As an artist there are a lot of choices you have to make when preparing for a show, and some of the most important decisions need to be made before the you even start dealing with the show pieces.
At times, you may wish there was just an easy clear sign of what the right choice is. However, I believe that there are no wrong choices, there are just the choices we make and the road it takes us down.
That being said, the show title, is possibly the hardest one to decide. While mulling over titles think about your over all collection of work.
What is the main theme or feeling in you work?
What is your style? What is your message?
Why do you create the art you create?
A great help I find is reading past feed back from fans. I took a look at my fan mail and I picked out some of the quotes that I felt expressed what I was trying to convey. Quotes that were on the verge of what I was trying to put into words.
Here are some of the quotes that I pulled to help me (unedited, as these are not my original words)
“its like you’ve been able to capture these tiny gems”- Lori
“I just wanted to say that I became a fan recently and I must say that I enjoy your work. Where others see the norm you find meaning. You must look at the world different from some people. All the best.” -Greg
“my comment may nt mean anything to u but fail to stop myself.i couldn’t sleep last night aftr seeing ur album.its like a hangover on me.till now…………………..” -Saikat
“stop taking such beautiful pictures of Paris! You’re making me miss it even more!” -Raha
“I just had a look at your pictures, and they are very beautiful, and some very very beautiful. As I see that you are gifted” - Camilie
“Very Avant Guard! “ - anna christina
“So, thought I’d spend some time looking at your website, and I’m now even more pleased to have found your photos on Facebook. You are one of the few artists who speak my language and I have to tell you I’m in awe of your body of work” -Johnathan
“I really feel the quite observer in you work” - Jacq
If you don’t have that type of feed back yet, then go to your friends and family. Ask them their thoughts and write them down. Afterwards sit down and look for the common denominator.
After reading, re-reading, looking over my body of work and thinking about the message I want to convey with my work, the show title started coming to me.
“Silent City” is what I named the show.
It felt true to my message, true to my style… It felt right.
And in the end, as an artist, its great to get advice and input, but go with what feels right to you.