Today I'm finally taking action and framing some pieces for my upcoming gallery show. As I work, I can't help but think of an article I read awhile back that suggested an artist's appearance affects people's perceptions of her artwork. I can't seem to find the exact article that I remember but it was based on this study that tested the hypothesis that eccentricity increases perceptions of artistic quality. The "findings indicate that art evaluations are partly rooted in perceptions of artists' eccentricity and evidence the importance of perceived authenticity and skills for these attributions."
There's some great examples of this in music, take Lady Gaga or Marilyn Manson for instance. In art, I'm thinking Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo. The Scientific American's article that references this study points out that it even applies to scientists, they reference Einstein and Tesla.
It seems we like weird. We pay attention to eccentric people. The artist behind the work matters. I find the whole thing pretty fascinating. My problem, I tend to keep most of my weirdness on the inside. You can click on over to my about page if you aren't familiar with how I look. In my opinion, I don't look all that weird or interesting.
While I think boring is best when it comes to my routine and daily habits, opening night at a gallery show is a great time to fly my freak flag.