“Why is it a terrible battle scene like Picasso’s Guernica can be beautiful, while a painting of two unicorns kissing in a flower garden can look like crap. Does anybody really know why they like anything?” Quote of the day from the book: Diary – a Novel” I’m currently re-reading by Chuck Palahniuk.
And while I ponder this question, I know what I like and I know what some collectors like, but I don’t know why…maybe it is because of HOW it was documented? Should an artist worry about it, because our business is to create right?
What I do know and only realized later in my career is that one should take proper photographs of one’s work. (the above picture is a good example of how NOT to document your work circa 2014)- but at least I have some sort of documentation. I was always under the impression that a gallery does that for you, but since all the galleries I worked with in the past ask the artist for high res images of an artwork, I realized that I should up my game 😉
“The best practice is when the paper trail of an artwork can be traced from its current home back to the artist’s studio.” as quoted form the article below:
I returned home last night after an amazing experience during the annual Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, and hope to share a full update with you soon, but in the mean time I’m still recovering after seeing this article in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper:
The Sunday Times newspaper article 14/7/2019
Thank you to the following people for making the dream reality:
Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”
Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….
“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.
I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!
Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?
I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.
Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.
Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then
YOU ARE INVITED!
Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.
Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.
On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.
I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx