Mighty Tanaka

Art Advising // Consultation // Curation



New Years Resolutions

The other day, I saw a meme on Facebook that said we are just as close to the year 2030 as we are to the year 2000.  That mind boggling fact made my head spin, but when I look back at the past 15 years and the major accomplishments that have been gained, I can only feel confident and driven heading into the next 15 years.  However, in order to achieve that, things need to be taken one step at a time.  Here are Mighty Tanaka's New Years resolutions for 2015:

  • Own It - This is the number one goal I take with me as I proceed into 2015.  As some of you may have noticed, I have recently made a lot of changes to Mighty Tanaka.  Through shuttering the proper gallery space, evolving the inventory and artist list, exploring with new forms of art, maintaining daily updates on website, focusing on new areas of the art market, engaging with people in different way, etc., I have committed to making Mighty Tanaka a more rounded experience.  And all of this come down to one base factor: owning up to it.  Now, I don't mean "owning it" in an physical or monetary way, but rather in a confident and focused manner where I follow my instincts and strive to achieve bigger and better things.  I am a firm believer in manifesting a vision by setting your mind to it and am prepared to once again, take things to a new level.
  • Consistency - In mid December, I started keeping a blog about the my life and interactions as an art dealer as it pertains to a variety of aspects, such as the gallery, art world, family art history, individual artists, studio visits, social media, etc.  In 2015, I will strive to maintain this regular, if not daily, update on a range of topics.  As the art world changes and the traditionalism of a physical brick and mortar space becomes less necessary, there is an increased need for a communicative channel of interaction based online through the website.  That can only be achieved through constant updates and information, providing the link between user and gallery, allowing for a seamless application of accessibility.  Also, the need for consistency goes one step further, as I aim to demonstrate an active and thoughtful approach, in order to provide individuals with a meaningful gallery experience through a variety of ways, both physical as well as digital.  
  • Embrace Change - 2014 was a rough year for a number of reasons, but the biggest challenge of all was the decision to close the physical gallery space in DUMBO.  I feared changing something that had been a constant in my life for a number of years, a project that had grown over time, yet I still felt as if I was abandoning my passion.  While the notion of closing the space brought me much sadness, now looking back, I realize it was the single best choice I have made in many years.  I did not realize how mentally bogged down I had become, as I was stuck in a rut.  Embracing the change and doing what was right for both myself as well as the gallery was a tough but ultimately beneficial decision and the confidence that has grown as a result provides more emphasis on continuing to evolve, both as an art gallery as well as an individual. 
  • Teamwork - As my good friend Caleb James says: "Teamwork makes the dream work".  These words, injected into all kinds of scenarios, makes for an amusing antidote, however this phrase is not too far from the truth.  In the case with the physical gallery space, I tried to shoulder most of the responsibilities myself instead of allowing others to step in and assist in the fields where they excel.  This tunnel vision caused me to become burned out, losing some of my passion for the job and get stuck in an endless routine of necessities rather than having the time and mental capacity to pursue new and exciting curatorial projects.  Teamwork is the key to any successful venture and while delegation had been difficult in the past, it is now a motivating factor for growth.  Through accepting the assistance skilled individuals, together we can help the gallery grow in new and exciting ways.  Through teamwork, as well as embracing the other aforementioned resolutions, I am confident that Mighty Tanaka will have a successful and prosperous 2015. 
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