Gearing Up for Los Angeles Today

I’m very excited to be leaving for LA in just a few hours as I’ll be visiting my longtime friend (and longest at 40 years) and business associate Jason Taylor. We’re really looking forward to Saturday evening when we will be meeting with #FOCA (Fellows of Contemporary Art), where will will find out more about their organization, and hopefully about membership. It seems like a great group, and we’re expecting to¬†connect with a lot of interesting and influential #art enthusiasts from the #LA art scene.

Meanwhile we’ll be starting a #Meetup for Sunday the 20th (probably @AngelCityBrewery ) with artists to introduce them to the #Kosmask brand. I’ve been working tirelessly towards establishing a social media presence and trying to figure out how to connect all the dots. So far #Instagram has been awesome for connecting with other industry leaders like #interiordesigners, #homedecor professionals, #museum affiliates, and a wide variety of excellent visual #artists, some of whom I have invited to our Sunday evening event.

All of this networking will help to introduce Kosmask to a crowd of 100,000 buyers at #AmericasMart in #Atlanta in July, and will all lead up to the opening of our #contemporary art gallery, KAJ Gallery. That’s a very exciting venture in and of itself, and we’re searching diligently for the prime location as I type. We hope to open in the late Fall of 2018, and I’ve already assembled a stellar lineup of artists who will be represented by the gallery. The grand opening¬† will feature the incredible paintings of #PaulTamanian.

So that’s where we’re at for now. I’m looking forward to my trip and to meeting a lot of new artists and searching for new opportunities. Jason and I have a lot of exciting things planned, and we are confident that we’ll bring an incredible product to the Los Angeles art scene!

Gearing up for #AmericasMart

We’re very excited and are preparing for our first major show in #Atlanta at #AmericasMart in July. The show runs from the 10th to the 15th and we’re #stoked about all of the killer artwork we’re receiving from the artists who have been working on the #Kosmask Project. It’s hard to believe that just 13 months ago it was only a mere #idea. It’s been a long path in some ways, but a very direct one with pinpoint focus and with the determination to succeed in our sights.

Only six weeks ago did we finally get our first shipment of 300 masks, and just 2 days later did I send them out to the artists who are located all across the country. We’ve been fortunate to have so many talented artists who share our vision of making quality artwork for the home. In the coming weeks I’ll be revealing who the artists are. I think everyone will be amazed at the stunning talent that we’ll be representing in Atlanta. The masks will have a wide range of variety; including some that are #painted, some #collaged and others utilize #decals. Some of the artists are professors of art, some are philosophers, scientists, tattoo artists, street artists, and some are in the most prestigious #artmuseums in the world. A couple have no education at all. The only rule we gave the participants was that there were #norules involved and that they had complete artistic freedom to do whatever they saw fit.

So, I’m busy doing the marketing right now and trying to figure out the best #planofattack before we get to the show. I have painstakingly set up multiple social media sites (the links are all at the bottom of this page) in anticipation of a social media onslaught. Some of it has been easy and some of it has been a challenge due to my novice status in the IT realm. I’m pretty good at learning fast, and my experience as an artist in international residencies the past couple years has helped me immensely. Most residencies last between 2 and 3 months so there’s a pretty steep learning curve involved. There has to be because of unknown factors like materials, etc. I tend to be a perfectionist, so I persevere until I’m content with the #finishedproduct. More to come soon, and I’ll go into more detail about how we got to the point of where we’re at now.