lopsided art power... galleries should submit, not the artist.
the worst part… the galleries make the artist eat their ass to have the privilege of being exploited and sharing the cash... and it's not about talent per se, it's more about playing the game and at that point, why not just get a fuckin' job, in an office or someplace a bossman can make you eat his ass for guaranteed pay?
I used to have a gallery, this was before I had ever stepped foot in a gallery or art museum for that matter. I just never felt comfortable entering… I had left many a nose and finger prints on the outside of the windows of their prestigious locations before I started my anti-gallery. so, I imitated them and sold a bunch of stuff and eventually had curators come to my place trying to romance the folks I was working with, the artists I was pimping… I now felt better about myself, but felt great anger at them, the art establishment… how could they act so elite, yet have to slum to get the real deal?
galleries have become an outlet for rich kids who play the game, who go to art school, who have learned how to craft a piece that will go great with the couch… I only started a gallery to give my underground friends/artists a legitimacy so we could get some press, or what I considered press to be, which was advertising we couldn't afford so we could sell stuff, so we could continue to stay self employed.
once I felt ok entering galleries, I couldn't stop… maybe it was to wallow in my understanding that I knew where the greatest of great art really existed, I now knew better, great art resides on the street, in the basement, in a garage called a studio, in the zipcodes the rich seldom enter. it's rare to see real expression in galleries, it always seems like a visit to an art school or an over ambitious craft show… now museums, that's another story.
it's time for the artist to make the gallery jump thru the hoops, to make them apply, they should prove themselves, not the other way around… I mean, really… they want to exploit the artist… the creators… why shouldn't they be the ones to prove themselves? btw - being able to pay rent on a store front isn't proving yourself, it's paying a bill.
how the fuck did the creative class forget it's power? how did things get so out of control, so lopsided?
I wonder... are there any galleries that are cool, that research, that recruit, that court talent rather than lazily wait for the 'talent' to come to them?
an application process doesn't seem like a way to get the strongest, the best... it seems like a way to break someone down, make them submit and anyone willing to do that might be the weaker part of the creative species.
you know, a gallery just sent me an application to SUBMIT.
I wanted to write them back and let them know the only way I submit is if you're naked.
you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna make a application for any gallery that I might be interested in that might ask me to jump thru hoops… fuck them, they should jump thru the hoops.
remember - creative class trumps ruling class!