Friday, February 19, 2010

No Sale! Eschew safety in art!

So things aren’t  selling?  This is what I hear (and read) about all kinds of art these days.  When the economy slumps, people either don’t have the spare cash for art, or fear to relinquish any spare cash they have – there being a lot of wise virgins out there!  though not, alas, at the top!383214-R1-E023

Even the  poor soul on the right came a cropper!

Do you feel as if you’re hanging upside down with your eyes popping out of your head?

BUT!! though it may not feel like it when you’re in an awkward position….if it’s No Sale in every direction - shows, galleries, websites, blogs etc, then what an opportunity  to experiment!    There’s no pressure to make things to sell because they won’t.  So now let us try out some of those weird and wonderful ideas that have been appearing from time to time within the forests of our artistic cogitations; let’s slash out with fuchsia and bronze and viridian and the heck with taste! 



There’s no point at all in thinking what might be acceptable to a punter, making nice and approachable art, in any price range.  I see some people are making smaller things in the hopes that….well don’t!!! this is the time to try your hand at monstrous work!  to throw caution to the winds, because it isn’t doing you any good.  There’s nothing to lose. If  they won’t buy a decent sized piece for a thousand dollars, there’s no reason to think they’ll take pity on you and buy 10% of the decent piece for a hundred. So let’s all go wild!

If you’ve been investing your time in building a body of work to show the enchanted public and all the art galleries are closing and there’s no where to exhibit, then this is the time to ease back on the throttle, have fun and take a class in something completely different.  This IS the time for Yes You Can!  because there is nothing to lose.

No more Safe Art!! wow, just think!! Watch out Quilt National!

and, if you have been, thanks for reading!!  now , after the obligatory cup of tea, please go to your studio and do something Wild and Daft and Wonderful!!  Elizabeth

PS and then send me a picture!! 


Gail Baar said...

That is a wonderful approach, thanks for the suggestion! No point in giving in.

Jackie said...

No picture yet, but I'm having a great time working on cabbages!

Anonymous said...

This post made me laugh! I you decide to get on a soap box somewhere I'll come and cheer.

Shelly said...

I'll provide the box to stand on.
Jackie, I had to laugh when you mentioned cabbages. For some reason I can't seem to get pumpkins out of my head. Have to get to sketching.

Thanks again Elizabeth.