Well my art show went well and while I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on the mediums I used or talk through everything I did (for that go follow my instagram @jordanfretzart), but I did want to show some pics and a few stories.
Art has always been a way to relax for me. I have a huge passion for logo/identity design, branding and advertising, but at the end of the day sometimes it’s just nice to get off the computer and create. I draw with charcoal pencils on salvaged cardboard, I use watercolor paper for ink wash paintings and even did some metallic washes on antique piano scrolls. Sure I did some oil paintings, but I love doing art you may not typically see and I have fun doing quick creative drawings for Instagram when I can too.
I never planned on doing shows or selling off prints. That being said, I hope to teach Sawyer to take some risks, chances and just try stuff. This for me has been me trying stuff, taking a stab at doing something different and it’s been really rewarding.
My goal was to relax and find rest in creating with something other than pixels, but that changed a bit after talking with Dan Lyles. Daniel and I have known each other for years before we got a chance to work together in the agency world. I like his entrepreneurial spirit and his appreciation for all things creative or inspired. One thing about the agency I am at, Jackson Marketing, is they are encouraging with our side passion projects as well. I had done a couple pieces for charity auctions in the past and Daniel ran his first local art auction with myself included as an artist. It was a fun event and I sold some canvas prints. My next step up into the art world was in our agencies gallery. Jackson has a small gallery space for 14 pieces or so when you walk into the agency and I’d always thought it would be cool to show my work there. Well, after some drawings, paintings and a lot of scavenged cardboard, I had my work up in January of 2018. Coworkers and even some visiting clients all gave positive remarks and I was excited just to have some people appreciate the work.
Fast forward to September and Dan got the opportunity to have a space in downtown Greenville off Main Street. The space is down stairs right off the street and has space for 50 or so pieces. I helped by designing the logo for the Gallery. The “L” in the negative space was simple and the inspiration was a frame going on a piece of art.
When Dan talked to me about being a featured artist, I have to admit I was pumped, but nervous to get everything done. Thanks to an amazing wife and a son who sat with me many times I was painting/drawing, it all came together. I didn't want it to be like most of the other artists shows Daniel may have there or that are showing at other galleries, so we did a few fun things. We used pieces of cardboard for pricing, the titles of the works were funny/different and the most expensive piece in the show was a coffee cup sleeve. Where most artists will have their signature on the wall, mine was on a piece of cardboard and my artist statement was shredded as a nod to Banksy. Who reads the full statement anyway? See some of the pieces in the show and a few pictures from the event below. I included some captions throughout.
I will have pieces up at the Dan Lyles Gallery throughout the year and hope to cycle more pieces in and out as time permits. Go check out the gallery: 123 S Main St Unit B, Greenville, SC 29601 opened from 10am-4pm weekdays and Saturdays. Check out the site that is ever evolving at danlylesgallery.com.