The Special Delivery Exhibition/My Bread Crumb Trail

I’ve been planning this idea for quite a while now. Its been something that I ignored for a long time but eventually I realized that I should do it since I was thinking about it often. The Special Delivery Exhibition is a trip across the United States that involves leaving some of my artwork at different public locations. The idea is to make the unknown known. I am not a well-known artist but I think that what I do is significant and worthy. The frustration of being a recognizable name in the art world is where my idea came from for this exhibition. If I make all of this artwork, and I work all day, and stay up all night working towards these dreams, what is it for if no ones ever sees it? am I going to die as an unknown artists.. another one of those? I refuse. I’ll drive around leaving them on doorsteps if it comes to that. I suppose that kind of frustration has led me to actively pursue this idea. I don’t think this has been done before either, so the original idea was also convincing. I want Robert Schoolfield to be a brand, a recognizable undeniable force in the art world. And I think its going to happen.. it is happening.

As of right now Special Delivery will be a road trip starting in my hometown Chattanooga, TN and will go through the following locations: Nashville, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, and then back home. We will be stopping at specific public locations along the way leaving artwork at each stop for people to see and interact with. The locations listed are the main area of interest but there will be several other places that we decide to stop at along the way.

Will Malone and Jet Smith, two friends of mine, will be accompanying me on this artistic adventure. Will is primarily a photographer and currently working on forwarding his business. Aside from photography Will does other side projects such as a podcast and he has an interest in film. Along with my project Will will be documenting and filming pieces of the journey. With life happenings and availability restrictions, Will will be ending his part of the tour in Chicago and fly back home. At this point Jet will be flying in and continuing the remainder of the Journey.

Jet Smith is a young, multi-talented creative individual with aspirations in many different categories. Over the last year and a half Jet’s focus has been on opening a community darkroom in Chattanooga. Jet and I have collaborated and worked on several projects together and share similar perspectives on creativity and what all of it means. Jet will be picking up where Will left off in documenting the story, and using the experience for inspiration in his own artistic pursuits. We will finish the route that will initially lead us West towards Denver and the West Coast, and then eventually ending up back in Chattanooga.

With Will’s photography business taking off and Jet’s darkroom opening up, only three weeks before he flies out to Chicago, this whole idea is somewhat of a risk for both of them. There is a sense of suspense in the air. I hope that the experiences ahead allows us to forward our creative careers and take us to higher levels of success. If you’d like to learn more about Will or Jet click the links below.

Will Malone

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Jet Smith

Instagram: @fleetingmode @safelightdistrict

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Artist Statement

My art is a physical representation of inner aspects of the human experience. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings that can often times be difficult to describe. Sometimes I feel alienated or separate from other people. Art is a way for me to relate and communicate with others and the outside world, on a deeper level. I think that too many people deny aspects of themselves that are beneath the surface, or, behind the masks we wear in our daily lives. This can be so for many reasons. But, those differences are what make us unique as individuals. Those differences are beautiful.

It can be very uncomfortable to reveal such personal things. By confronting and exposing my inner self I have learned a lot about who I am, which has also allowed me to have a better understanding of other people as well. There is a source of creativity expressing itself through all things. With my own experiences and interactions with creativity I have developed my own style. Although the creative source in me may be the same source in you, my version has all of my characteristics attached to it which makes it uniquely me. This would also be the same with you. By sharing my own personal growth and facing the person within, I have been able to connect with other people in a way that I am not so well at in a social setting.

               Aside from bettering myself through art, it is also about leading others to a place of finding their own version of truth, or to tap into their own source of creativity. Some people need encouragement that they are not alone in their endeavor, as I once felt. You are not. We are all going through different stages and phases of our life’s journey and sharing our experiences can be beneficial for all. My name is Robert Schoolfield. I am the art and the art is a reflection me.

What kind of art do you make?

I get this question a lot, what kind of art do I make. Its a lengthy answer, I suppose. For me specifically, I think the art I make is a combination of my life’s entirety. Everything I have seen, felt, or experienced, in some way, has influenced my artwork.. my style. Style is something that I think I have obtained. I know that everyone has a certain style, but I think that I have developed a very distinct style that is uniquely my own. And I did it without consciously thinking about developing a distinct style, it just happened, over time. Well, it was always there but I have fine-tuned it over the years. I think that since I live this artistic experience that my style has come about by just being myself, in that I am not faking it, I’m not playing a role. What I do and what you see is the real me. There is a sense of rawness, emotion, passion and a lot of other characteristics that make up who I am, and that is prevalent in my art. You can’t take it too serious either, there is humor involved as well. There is a little bit of everything, if you look at it right.

There have been a few categories that I have been placed in. I suppose to sum it up easily, especially for a broader audience (who might not recognize art lingo but still have interest, and for the sake of learning), I usually say that my art fits along the lines of abstract art. Before I continue this, I do not like to label myself as an abstract artist, this is just some collected thoughts that I have decided to share from the storage shelf of my mind behind a dusty jar of pennies.

The reason I don’t like the label of abstract art is because I feel that when people hear ‘abstract art’ that they get a mental image of purely none object art. Like maybe some kind of colors running across the surface, like a river of color, or an accident on the floor. And all of that is okay, but I don’t think that abstract accurately describes my style of work. It doesn’t fully explain my style of art. There are hints of what I just described in some of my artwork, but its not entirely made up of abstract art qualities.

How about Outsider Art? When I came across outsider art I felt a strong connection. Even if you read the characteristics of a stereotypical outsider artist. If I was judged purely by my life’s story and the strangeness of who I am, I would have all of the necessarily attributes to be an outsider artist. From mental bouts to my introspective perspective and anti-social behavior I fit in quite well. At the same time, the point of being an outsider artist is that you don’t have many things in common with other artists, which is why you’re an outsider. So possibly I’m outside of the outsiders circle. Maybe I’m beneath the underground. I am relatively unknown, even in my hometown. A lot of the traits deemed to an outsider artists is their persona and how they live their lives. If you look up images of outsider artwork, a lot of it looks very folksy, to me. It appears to be a more advanced form of folk art. And what I do doesn’t really match the imagery of most of the outsider artwork that I’ve seen.

Ultimately, what I’m trying to get at is that I do not fit into one specific category. My style is uniquely my own and uniquely significant to the art world. However the previous sentence is perceived, that is what I truly believe of myself. I am my own movement. Maybe I’m an independent outsider? The thing that is connected to the rest of existence is whatever the mystery is with the place where all things come from. My art comes from there, I think. That force flows through me and through all things, is what its all about. Mostly I’m just Robert. I make what I want and maybe their is no solid foundation to what I do, maybe there is? At times there is and at times there isn’t. I’m just the guy with the pen in my hand and the language that comes out of me is up for infinite interpretation. God? Love? A lack of? .. Its a little bit of all of those things, I suppose. Then again, what do I know? I’ve been wrong a time or two. As I’ve said before, sometimes the words get in the way of what I really want to say, which is one reason why I create.

Now that we didn’t get to any certain destination, and this probably provoked more questions and confusion, welcome to the first post of my blog. Thank you for reading and I am looking forward to sharing more writings and thoughts with whoever my audience may be. Stay tuned for more things written in the key of me. Amen. Namaste. Shallum. Krishna.