Displayed on the stark white walls are 33 letters sent to art galleries, jobs and art programs. 33 letters of hope asking for an opportunity, for just one chance. 33 letters respond with encouraging words, but no words of acceptance.
And there are many more.
Rejection hurts. Few would argue that hearing the word, “no” can damage the soul—and it happens to everyone.
Sacramento artist, Arthur Gonzalez, revealed his way of dealing with rejection as an artist in his exhibit, “The Art of Rejection,” currently showing in the Kondos Gallery at City College.
Now, letters of rejection that have been converted into art pieces line the walls of Kondos Gallery. What began as a way to deal with continued dismissal turned into a story of pain, humor and opportunity, said Gonzalez at a discussion panel with John Natsoulas, founder and owner of the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, at Kondos Gallery Oct. 10 to celebrate the exhibit.
Gonzales says he didn’t initially think of the rejection letters as a future art exhibit.
“They [the letters] were never intended to be seen by anyone except me,” said Gonzalez. “It just sort of happened.”
The drawings vary from cartoonish to realistic,…» Read More