Perhaps better known in the art world for her more ‘conventional’ works of acrylic on canvas, three years ago artist Ghadah Alkandari opened up a new window into the way she looks at the world. Since then her blog, PrettyGreenBullet.com, has become an outlet for her creativity, eccentricity, and neurosis.
Once a year she takes the blog to a gallery. On November 5th (and for one night only) it’s The Arabana Project’s turn to host PGB3. Here we learn a little about the blog and the forthcoming show.
When did you start PrettyGreenBullet?
I used to be a major blog hoarder, authoring blogs with different names, testing different servers. So in 2006, I started PrettyGreenBullet but didn’t really commit to it until 2009, as I gradually weaned myself off a previous blog which was quite well-visited but one I wasn’t completely happy with.
Why did you start it? Was it in response to something your ‘other’ art wasn’t delivering?
I started it because I missed showing my work on a daily basis, like I did in high school and university. Having an audience really drove me to work. I was never as prolific as I have been in the past four years.
Has your work on PrettyGreenBullet changed the way you approach your major gallery shows, too?
It hasn’t affected my more ‘serious’ shows, like ‘Stories of Eves’, but it has created an opportunity to create the PrettyGreenBullet exhibitions which allow me to cut loose and have a little fun. The PGB exhibitions are also more interactive and involve my visitors. So on that night, anyone can be the focus, not just me and my works.
Do you feel freer to express thoughts or images online that you wouldn’t (or couldn’t) deliver in other ways?
I don’t know. As open as I like to be, I’m a little hesitant about going all the way with what I show online. My opinions, on the other hand, I like to be completely honest about.
How much interaction is there between you and those that follow PrettyGreenBullet?
Not as much as I like. One of the things I hoped to achieve with this blog is a forum for discourse. I have received it with my more opinion-centered posts but unfortunately, not with my pen sketches which address a wide array of topics.
You post something new virtually every day. Is that something you deliberately set out to do, or is it a compulsion that developed within you?
It’s a bit of a compulsion, but I’m also turned off when I visit a blog and it hasn’t been updated for a while. And I’m hard on myself like that. I’ve eased off a lot though, but I think that’s just because I’m so busy preparing for my upcoming show in November.
What can we expect to see at this year’s show?
More postcards and drawings. I’ll also be exhibiting my prettied-up lanterns and furniture. And of course, the red polka dots will be featured, too!
You’ve chosen an unusual venue. What appealed to you about Arabana?
I’ve always loved spaces not intended for exhibitions. This one is perfect because it lends itself to invention and has never been used to host an art exhibition. Which is also the downside of exhibiting in a space like this. In a way, it has become part of a large PGB installation.
The online world is constantly evolving. Is there a place for PGB through other social media channels, and how important have they become?
Well, I’m sure you’ve heard about a little thing called Instagram. I am a total Instagram maniac (I’m trying hard to avoid the many portmanteaus used to describe us Instagram addicts) and hopefully, this show will make you want to go, ‘Hey, I want to Instagram that’.
What: PrettyGreenBullet- The Third Exhibition
When: November 5th, 2012, 6:30-9:30
Where: The Arabana Project, Shuwaikh, behind The Al-Ghanim Showroom, 4th Ring Road.