Home

Job Description

October 20, 2007

WANTED

We are looking for someone to develop and display well-made, commercially viable products for our place of sale.

The person needs to work for 6 months to a year on preparing and making the products.
After that we will screen the products to see if they are suitable for our outlet.

If we don’t accept them, no compensation for the time and materials spent can be offered.

If we do accept them, the maker is expected to invest the necessary amount of time and money in presenting the products in our place of sale.
The maker will also pay for the opportunity of displaying the products with us. The maker will share in expenses for displaying and advertising the products.

If the products are sold, the maker will ultimately retain about 20-30% of the selling price after commission fees, sales and income taxes.

If the products are not sold, all risks are the maker’s. And transport costs of the products to and from the place of sale will be shouldered by the maker.

Salary: None

Health benefits: None

Other benefits: None

 __________________________

Q: Who, in their right mind would accept such conditions?
A: Thousands (if not more) of gallery artists.

Recently I learned about Pharmaka, a group of artists in LA who are ‘having the conversation’ I want to have. Their podcasts  are lively and honest discussions about the role of painting in life and the role of artists in society. They are doing some serious questioning about the channels of expression and marketing open to artists and are very much onto some of the same points I’ve been wrestling with.

Phrases like the ‘corporatization of art’ spring up. There is a real awareness of the lack of fulfilment in being just a gallery artist dependent on the whims of a dealer and public trends in art. Paraphrased from one of the podcasts: ‘Basically I want something more than making products for the gallery stores’.

They started out as a group of artist friends having these discussions, and eventually put their money where their mouths were and leased a broken down building in a dangerous area in downtown LA around 2004. Since then it has become, with real blood sweat and tears from the artists themselves, a vibrant forum for integrity in art, respect for the craft of painting and a flourishing space for serious working artists who feel themselves drawn to these qualities. The area, as far as I know has improved a lot with the coming of other businesses, and there is a thriving art venue there now with several galleries.

A Check in

October 12, 2007

It’s been awhile, I’ve been too busy doing things to think much about them!

In the last few weeks, I have:

  • attended a marketing and networking workshop at the Chamber of Commerce, Groningen
  • attended Bob Foltz’s starkly moving ballet at the Grand Theatre Groningen
  • performed as a healthcare artist in a ‘Get Better Association’ event at a nursing home
  • given a creativity workshop for elders at a local Elder day event
  • written a proposal for an article about the harpischord decoration
  • written a proposal for a creativity workshop for an elder home

Upcoming projects are another health event, a book design for a non-profit, designing small logo’s for the same organisation, a large painting for the entryway of a home, and gilded lettering for above the door of a local church.

Additionally I am developing a series of craft activities and games I’ve created into simple hobby packets that can be sold at art health events.

I am feeling a strong desire to get back to my own fine art work. That has been fuelled by the Pharmaka podcasts.
See next post.