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Making a Living as an Artist

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM

In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and artists are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how a professional, contemporary artist sustains a creative practice over time, particularly through alternative means.


In this conversation moderated by Gas founder/director Ceci Moss, Offal exhibition artists Panteha Abareshi and gloria galvez discussed their experiences, showing how it is possible to sustain a creative practice that contributes to the ongoing conversation in contemporary art and redefining what “success” means to a professional artist.


This program was organized by Jamie Costa.


About Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi’s art revolves around her personal experiences of feminism, identifying as a woman, being of color along with suffering from mental illness and depression. She makes work as an expression of the emotions, experiences and struggles that she faces daily and also aims to counter the societal expectations of romance and sexuality that are placed on females and female-identifiers. Abareshi has been featured in Dazed, The Fine Print Magazine, and Hooligan Magazine, is a contributor for POLYESTER. She has been featured in LIFEFORCE and ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE group shows at The Untitled Space, and was recently profiled in a film by Kelsey and Rémy Bennett. She currently lives and works in Arizona. She is a current BFA student at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art.


About gloria galvez

gloria galvez maintains a practice of disrupting, subverting, and dismantling bland and oppressive status-quo norms and realities. Within this theme, her current focus is invoking alternate and simultaneous realities that prompt questions to the social-political conditions of all things – both living and nonliving things – both human and non-human things. And from this focus, the notion of a counterintuitive political solidarity and inter-identification with all living things (human & non-human) and non-living things (natural & non-natural) has risen in her work. She holds an MFA in Photo & Media with a concentration in Integrated Media from CalArts and a BA in Chicanx and Latinx Studies from CSULB. galvez has organized with Critical Resistance, Youth Justice Coalition, at land’s edge and currently with the Southern California Library. And her work has been exhibited at various Los Angeles art and community venues like the Women’s Center For Creative Work, East Seventh Punx, Human Resources, Art in the Park, NAVEL, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at Geffen MOCA and Chuco’s Justice Center. This Fall 2019 she will be a Visiting Faculty artist in the Art Department at CalArts.


About Ceci Moss
Ceci Moss is a curator, writer and educator based in Los Angeles, USA. She is the founder of Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery and online. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her first book Expanded Internet Art: Twenty-First Century Artistic Practice and the Informational Milieu is forthcoming on the Bloomsbury series International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics. She has held teaching positions at Scripps College, the San Francisco Art Institute and New York University. Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, CURA, Modern Painters, New Media & Society and various exhibition catalogs. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome, and Special Projects Coordinator at the New Museum.