Radisson RED Artist of the Month Michael Carini is known for his labyrinthine abstract artworks. Here we chat to him about trends that have changed the art world for good and what’s next for the artist in 2018.
What emerging trends have you noticed in the art world over the past couple of years?
I have noticed more and more that artists are deviating from the traditional gallery course and electing to pursue the solo route. Social media and online marketing & advertising has drastically altered the business and the potential reach for an artist. I too have shifted more and more towards this path, choosing to pursue relationships with top tier commercial real estate companies such as EMMES, hotels such as Radisson RED, luxury movie theaters such as ArcLight Cinemas, and music festivals such as KAABOO. Art fairs provide another great alternative, both on a local, national, and international level. Though the competition is greater than ever in this new era, so too are the opportunities as art seems to be more widely embraced and culturally accepted than ever before.
What’s new for you in 2018?
This next year looks to be a pivotal breakout year for my development. I have recently locked down a national exhibition tour with luxury theatre ArcLight Cinemas and a service contract with EMMES to manage the artwork for one of San Diego’s premier commercial buildings at 707 Broadway. Other projects include a luxury lingerie bikini with Kinsman Swim, Carini leggings with Yoga apparel company Yogiru, a limited edition Carini artist series bottle with TrustMe Vodka, and big debut plans for my return to music festival KAABOO Del Mar. Licensing, branding, and product collaborations will be a big focal point of 2018.
The Michael Carini Technique
As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting through the boundlessness of space and time.