Friday, February 13, 2009

4 Quick Items: New Compound Editions from Andy Yoder; Press; More Press; and a Possible Call for Images

Compound Editions is pleased to announce a new multiple by Vermont-based sculptor Andy Yoder! Andy Yoder
All Your Eggs
4.25" x 7.25" x 7.25"
23-carat gold, clay, wood, excelsior, and shredded U.S. currency
Edition of 100, plus 10 APs
$100.00 each

Visit the Compound Editions blog for more information.


Speaking of Compound Editions, the inaugural project by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, Our Condolences, Vol. 1., has received some fantastic press, including:

New York Magazine, 12/15/08
Art + Auction, February 2009
Art in America, February 2009

Many thanks to the kind writers at those publications for their stories!

Speaking of press, our current exhibition, "Things Fall Apart," curated by Joy Garnett and featuring the work of Stephen Andrews, Paul Chan + The Front, Mounir Fatmi, Yevgeniy Fiks, Joy Garnett, Susan Hefuna, Christopher Lowry Johnson, Carlos Motta, Renata Poljak, Susan Silas, was selected as an Editor's Pick by You can read Jillian Steinhauer's thoughtful response to the exhibition here.


And finally, speaking of thoughtful, I received a very interesting suggestion by artist Mark Creegan the other day in response to my decision to take down the hot links to images in previous posts (a work in progress) and wanted to put his idea out there for feedback. Mark's email was sent the same time I was experiencing a sense of nostalgic melancholy going back through the old posts here. I used to do a series of posts titled "Artist of the Week," which was a nice opportunity for me to highlight various artists outside our gallery program. It was much easier to do that back in the days when were were moving from Williamsburg to Chelsea, and I had more time on my hands. But I miss the opportunity to use the blog to provide a bit of promotion for artists who we're not currently working with. In comes Mark with a potential solution to both issues:
I had an idea that perhaps you could have some artists illustrate your posts. You could send out assignments to several artists who sign up and you pick the best one for that particular post. Of course that would mean you would need to know the post topic before hand which may get complicated but i thought it would be kind of fun.
Mark insightfully highlighted the central complication here (I often don't know in advance what I'm going to blog about), but in thinking about this I realized that I do blog on a number of topics fairly regularly and perhaps the "assignments" could reflect those. Here are the most popular tags among the topics here:
  • art market
  • politics
  • art criticism
  • art museums
  • art appreciation
  • selling art
  • gallery-artist relationship
So the idea would be to send via email (I'll set one up specifically for this purpose if the feedback suggests it could work out to a mutual benefit...please do not send images to my gallery email, it's full enough already) a jpg, no more than 72 dpi or 300 pixels wide, of an original drawing or photo of your making to illustrate one of those themes. I'll ask that you include a copyright notice and "Courtesy of" text at the bottom of the image and send me a link to some site (one please) that has samples of your other work. This way I'll have a library of approved images with permission to use them to illustrate posts here, you can get a bit of an audience you may not have already, and anyone can link back to your other work as your payment (because there won't be any $$$ exchanged, just to be clear).

Let me know if you see problems and/or potential here. If enough folks think it would be fun and fairly straightforward, I'm happy to work out any of the devilish details.

Labels: quick notes of news


Blogger kalm james said...

this sounds like a great and very generous idea, that will no doubt ingratiate you and also make you the target of yet more nasty back biting and innuendo. But hey, what’s being in the art world about if not to tweak folks?

2/13/2009 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent idea. Where is the back-biting and innuendo going to come from - the artists who don't get chosen? That's nothing new. The artists who don't get chosen are always disappointed. Don't let that stop you from trying this.


2/13/2009 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Dodson said...

I love the compound editions! Great idea, Ed. Good luck with it! -Donna

2/13/2009 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

As both a working artist, as well as an experienced art consultant at several downtown galleries, I think it will be interesting to see what you get and choose to post. But, of course, the whole could drive you crazy.

2/13/2009 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on "Things fall apart"...

2/13/2009 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Casp said...

Haha! Fun idea. You could do an exhibit of some of the works at some point.

Cedric Casp

2/13/2009 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks for that LIMO!

For a blog "updated from a cabin in the Rocky Mountains" it is remarkably up-to-date on the goings on in other regions of the art world.


2/13/2009 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Sunny Le Fleur said...

do do.

2/13/2009 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Of course in my mind I imagine a nice, easy going, stress-free process which it could be the complete opposite since its kinda a low-grade curatorial project, but it may be cool enough to give it a trial run.

2/13/2009 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Marion BE said...

Who wouldn't want some free publicity on a seriously credible NY art gallerist's blog? But you may find yourself swamped once word gets around. I know a whole forum's worth of painters who'd give it a go...

2/13/2009 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Hoye said...

I've been a reader for a while and I like it. I think it's a great idea. free publicity is right. who wouldnt go for that?

2/13/2009 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger madeleine said...

I see it an an awesome opportunity, and also a huge headache...I would suggest setting up a separate email account, and, fairly strict parameters...i.e. 3 submissions per artist, and you can only submit once a month or something like that...

2/13/2009 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Tatiana said...

Lovely, generous...and potentially genius ;)
Thank you.

2/13/2009 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Okay so I have been trying to think of a system that would be as hassle free as possible.. how bout this:

Say you designate one day a week as the "submit post illustration day" or whatever. Those intereseted artists would just provide a link to a photo share page. Then everyone gets to vote for the winner whose pic would be pasted into the post the following day.
All you have to do is tally the votes, goto the winning submition page , cut,paste, viola!

This would be very democratic,fun and involve several readers each week. It may also be interesting to have artists illustrate something on the fly- a little improv action.

Whaddya think?

2/13/2009 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous sus said...

The Consumerist has a Flickr pool that they use for illustrating their posts. Readers submit their images there and the writers pick from that pool.

2/13/2009 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Henry Bateman said...

Is an avalanche a problem? Ü. mmmmmm popular vote, an avalanche x2, not to mention abdication of editorial control.
Otherwise a great idea, would love to shove one of my works under Ed's nose.

2/13/2009 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger joy said...

hmm. If I were to do this, i would create a flickr group and invite artists to add their own flickr images of their work to the group, instead of emailing you pitches and image attachments. That way he images will be accessible to a general Internet audience prior to your choosing them, and you can peruse the group pool periodically and check for new images at your convenience; at the very least, folks will be uploading their own work and licensing it however they choose, and also offering these images for you (and others) as illustrations. They could be licensed as Creative Commons Attribution Only, Non-Commercial licenses, perhaps (something that flickr offers). Then, even if you don't choose their work right away, it will be up there for all to see and "on offer" for future posts by you as well as other bloggers. Exposure is all!


2/13/2009 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Very generous of you, Ed.

Let's just hope no arts oganization picks up the post. This is what happened to my "50 Over 50" curatorial idea. I knew something was up when I got almost 100 submissions in one day. I'm still getting them, even though I cancelled the show--but of course the folks who continue to send their submissions never visited my blog in the first place.

So if you do post a call for submissions, you might think about including a notice to the effect that "The contents of this message should not be copied or reproduced or transmitted via any other means."

Good luck!

2/13/2009 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice idea, but pales in comparison to being featured as an artist of the week... a sentence or three on the artist / image could be included, perhaps?

2/14/2009 07:37:00 AM  
Blogger Julie Sadler said...

you opened the can of worms. See how they wriggle out...?
As an artist, I like the idea. But, as a blogger, i can see how this could become nightmarish. I am not a planner, and I am not sure how much you plan the posts on your blog Ed. Seems like this is a huge undertaking. You might as well write a book! ha!
One thing is certain, No one can EVER say you didn't give back to the arts.

2/16/2009 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Stefano Pasquini said...

I think it would be good for an artist to be featured in your blog (a bit like in flavorpill), so you'll get a lot of people sending stuff in. I would:

1) set up a separate gmail account for it
2) ask artists to attach only one image at a time, max 100 kb, once a month, with the topic as subject of the email
3) flick through all the emails via gmail. it wouldn't take much time, as it shows a decent size thumbnail for all jpg attached, and you can go through the emails with a certain subject at a time, and just delete all the ones you'll never use.

Also, you may find interesting new artists this way that would make you wanna start the "artist of the week" again!

By the way, feel free to take anything off my site to illustrate your topics, you know.

2/16/2009 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Gaube said...

I'm all for it. Having one's work posted would be like winning a mini lottery. To quote Seneca "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
If you do go through with it, thanks from all of us.

2/16/2009 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger ArtChick1 said...

Go for it...great idea!

2/16/2009 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger conceptualist said...

i've read your blog for a while now, and you definitely give dealers a GOOD name. a can of worms maybe, but its obvious that you enjoy looking at work, and most likely wouldn't have suggested this if it wasn't something you were leaning toward. limits are a good necessity, but an open vote?!?? that would keep away the better submissions for sure. good luck, i'll be watching.

2/23/2009 06:15:00 PM  

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