Wealth & Beauty pt. 2

July 6, 2012

I’m not wealthy enough to be an artist.  Art is made by rich people for rich people.  It’s 2012 and this is just fact; the cost of production for most things the art market would deem marketable is just too much for artists from the middle and working classes also struggling with student loan and other debt, not to mention the mechanics of just having to live on a probably low post-school income.  When I think of the people I know who’ve become very successful in the art world in the past five years their work is all different from each other but they have one thing in common: they’re rich enough to produce it.  This is neither fair nor unfair, though I’m not sure how much it might distort what eventually makes it into permanent collections because from the outside the art market looks just like one solitary person having a hard-to-follow conversation with himself.

I’m broke.  And in art world terms I’m also old.  And I live in Milwaukee.  Those three things when taken together mean I have no chance at even any kind of minor regional art career.  I keep plugging along anyway with no plan because I don’t have a plan because I have no money.  Most of my art is made from materials you can buy at dollar stores or craft stores for less than $10.  And $10 right now for me is a lot of money.

So that’s why, while transforming scans of $1 flowers into prints it would take $1k to print/ship/frame I decided that that was the artwork: the mechanics of how much it costs to produce an art show.  So the real show here consists of enough 8.5×11″ pieces of paper it takes to tally up the costs, plus the unframed prints, plus small mirrors so wealth and beauty can have a look at wealth and beauty.  It’s an unrealizeably big  effort even like that, so the final form of the project will probably be one large unframed print including images plus costs plus the fact that even the conceptual show is too expensive to produce.

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