Jonathan Hopson and Debra Barrera’s lecture was the most inspiring guest lecture I have attended in my four to five years at Texas State. Debra Barrera’s work was simple and varied as she did not stick with just one medium and chose to expand and experiment with different concepts and mediums. However, it wasn’t her art or his space that inspired me (though they were definite influences) but it was their drive to create a space, and follow and stick to what they love that was inspiring. As I am looking to start my own gallery space in the future, I always thought it had to be a professional gallery space to be acceptable for artists and shows. I had this preconceived notion that I HAD to know what I was doing for it to be successful. Jonathan Hopson stated that he had no idea what he was doing but it was going to shows, feeling confident with what you want to do and always keeping communication open is where he found success. Seeing their home being a form existing of her studio, and their gallery space opened my eyes to this other realm of gallery spaces. Their home is a welcoming, warm space that though may not be the right space for certain works, it is a welcoming experience for the visitor. This warm, welcoming feeling is important to what I am trying to achieve in my own gallery, and wanting to make art and going to see art an enjoyable activity for the whole family as well as for those who may not have the art background that most seem appropriate for going to see art. Hearing their lecture made me believe that it is possible for art to go from a bourgeoisie event to a community event which all feel welcomed in the space and comfortable expressing their own stance on a piece. I am re-inspired to begin my own steps to creating a space I am happy with putting my name on.
- Krista Kelly