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last post of the day...i swear.

the only thing scarier than not being represented by a gallery is...
not knowing what gallery you want to represent you.



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Jan. 21st, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
here, here.
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
How so?
(I want to hear more)
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
i'm sure i'll expound eventually..i've just been having quasi panic attacks concerning just what gallery fits MY needs, and ultimately wondering whether such a place actually exists..

Jan. 21st, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
it is tough
I think you make a very important confession. That obvious place isn't so obvious for most of us. One of the reasons I started Lovelake out of my studio is that I found no place for me. It was hard to think of one. But it's double if you make something like collage because it's a little unusual and how many dealers specialize in that?

Not that they need to specialize in anything, but often that is how they see it. Then, what if you want to do MORE than collage? What if you make all kinds of art? Where do you fit? Tough.

Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: it is tough
sooooo true eva..i didn't wanna come down after such a great showing with chambers..really, i didn't. i felt it coming before it even started, yah? i mean, what a fairytale..

i know my duty as an artist...research, networking and productivity helps you excel. god damn, i feel like goldilocks half the time..'this gallery's too hot, this gallery's too firm'....and in a town so full of opportunities, i haven't even found ONE place that truly feels right yet.

all i can do is keep making the best art that i can...and hope things will turn out alright. that's all i've ever done, and i'm still here!

i would love to run across a gallery like chambers that's looking for fresh talent (young OR old) so, the search continues..
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
Gotta represent
Some of the most talented artists I know are not represented by a gallery.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: Gotta represent
so, maybe all the worthy artists should just start a gallery and tell all the wanna be director/curator types:

'currently we are not seeking any people with even a droplet of talent - i don't care if you have spirit, wherewithal or even a genetic link to pablo p. himself....fuck off and have a nice day.'

ME? bitter? naaaaaaaaaaaw...

really though, i realize this is just the cusp of another awakening....i just keep hitting the 'snooze' button.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
more on this
Edward Winkleman also had an interesting thread going about how to treat or price the 'emerging' artist and so on. This got me thinking again about your post, because once again, not all of us fall neatly into a slot....

What if you're NOT emerging? What if you're just making good art yet not fresh out of some program?

This is actually the artist I show all of the time, yet there is no title or label, easy handle for this kind of artist.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: more on this
'This is actually the artist I show all of the time, yet there is no title or label, easy handle for this kind of artist..'

and this is precisely why you're such a trail blazer. most gallerists/curators wouldn't dare take a risk on a lesser known commodity, regardless of age, discipline or quality, for that matter.

i think edward brought up some good points..the economics of the art world don't appear to have any obvious equations. like the dot com market craze a few years back, you may have a hot artist now and jack up your prices expecting a future windfall, but it could all come crashing down at a moment's notice.

but, i'm actually puzzled there aren't more people like you out there, eva. what you're doing is WAY more ballsy than simply grooming a collegiate darling for instant stardom or only relying on 'established' artists to pay the bills. yes, having a gallery is a 'business,' but you would think more gallerists out there would get a thrill from setting their OWN trends and bucking the system a bit. but, even so, the people you show may not be young, fresh out of a program and working in popular mediums, but they DO have a base of some kind. in other words, they blog, have a following, or have a completely unique approach.

thanks for giving me something to chew on..this could totally be another post.

Jan. 24th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
it cuts both ways
What you have observed is a truth about me (as a curator)which cuts both ways.

I like the showing the unexpected and am not all that interested in doing the same thing every year (like showing the same artist). A reason (amongst many) why Chambers doesn't 'represent' artists. We are free and so are they.

But some of them really hate that. I've received testy missives with more-than-obvious hints about wanting representation and not receiving that. Even when what I gave them was worth alot. They have forgotten that a curator is no longer all that inventive if they are obligated and they would have probably not had a show in the first place, if I was doing that. For the dealer, representing is often about bigger (and more predictable) fish.

I don't blame anyone for wanting representation at all, but an artist-curator can't do that. They can still do something worthwhile and do that thing you remarked upon - take risks. Each role performs necessary functions...E
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