Pier 29 by Jeremy Mangan
Last night found me out and about for First Thursday Arts Walk in Pioneer Square. I initially hadn't planned on going (was going to stay home and work on art rather than look at art) but some friends coaxed me out and I tagged along. And I am so glad I did.
I saw some really great works this month including a fresh show by John Osgood, some mixed media that made me laugh by Tom Reed plus some new ones at Davidson Gallery by Lisa Sweet who I had studied with briefly at Evergreen.
Stealing Pie by Tom Reed
But the work that stopped me in my tracks was "Pier 29" by Jeremy Mangan. A month ago I had a dream about houses with nothing under them - a string a beach cottages suspended over a ravine where the land had given way. They were held together by delicate suspension bridge walkways. I even sketched it out in my journal! Upon walking into Linda Hodges Gallery I immediately pulled my little sketchbook out to show the friends I was with. That little sketch - not much more than a bleary eyed pencil line upon waking had been flagged by me as a possible new series to explore.
Now I am faced with a question. Do I continue forth with explorations of this idea? Or is my muse now satisfied that I have seen such a similar concept executed so brilliantly? It is the age old question of art inspiration and the collective unconscious. The friend I was with immediately pointed out that it was rather obvious why I would have such an image embedded in my dreams due to the recent events in my life... so I still feel a strong claim to the image in my head as my own. Yet I'm no longer sure if I feel as compelled to execute my own version of it. I kind of just wish I could purchase Jeremy Mangan's!
I'm curious as to what you think - if you had sketched out an idea and then right after seen that idea portrayed in another artists work, would you still go forward with creating your own? Perplexing indeed.