Last week I put on a solo show during Norfolk's 2018 NEON Festival entitled Fear of Acceptance: new works by Carl Floyd Medley III. It was an amazing experience. We had great attendance, drinks, music and a lot of really great positive energy. I couldn't have accomplished it without the help of Fang Gang partner Charles Rasputin and Careyann Weinberg of Alchemy. Also, thanks to my wife Liane, who helped me stay focused during the buildup tot the show and helped me move a ton of merch during. She is my everything. Stay tuned for more new works in the coming weeks.
About the Show:
After being awarded a 2017 professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Carl Medley immediately set out on his most aggressive art campaign to date by applying to group exhibitions, gallery proposals, mural ideas, etc., each one ultimately resulting in rejection. From this experience Carl created a body of work that explores the rejection process as both reflection and motivation. Fear of Acceptance featuring new works by Carl Floyd Medley III is a two-sided coin: fear from a community in accepting work that creates its own narrative outside of the status quo and fear from an artist who has found comfort in being an outsider.