The Jealous Curator is a collection of inspiring, and, of course, jealousy-enducing art, collated by an American multimedia artist. Of the feeling you get when you encounter a really fantastic piece of art, she says,
"There is one moment, in the first few seconds, when you look at a piece of art and know that you love it. It’s the moment when, if you’re an artist yourself, you look at it and feel a rush of uplifting inspiration… and total soul crushing jealousy all at the same time. It’s when you walk away thinking, “Damn, I wish I thought of that.”
The blog tends towards more multimedia based and design oriented art, and while I don't love all the artists featured, about a month ago it was on a roll as far as I was concerned. Photographer Stephanie Fiore, installation artist Kristi Malakoff and paper cutting artist (is that the right term??) Claire Brewster all caught my eye.
The Jealous Curator is not alone in its championing of undiscovered art. Meighan O'Toole's my love for you is a stampede of horses functions similarly, although it focuses more on street art. What I find interesting about these blogs is they get you thinking about the process of charting (and predicting) a person's taste in art. It isn't something I'd really considered before, but when you think about it, it's exactly what a good art dealer does. Also, whilst "I-like-this-this-inspires-me" can become excessively positive after a while, and leave you yearning for some good, critical and theoretical debate, it is nonetheless refreshing to see artists being promoted by someone with no commercial motivation. Bloggers like The Jealous Curator and Meighan O'Toole recognise and share artistic talent, and I can only tip my hat to them for that.