Archive for December, 2006
Now that the MCAD Art Sale is behind us and everyone has loaded up on ‘affordable’ art, I’m wondering just what good it does for artists in this community. Personally, I felt like the massive marketing effort put on by MCAD this year was a bit exploitive. I know we all need to pay rent, and the school puts the small portion of the sales that they receive to good (the majority of the take going to the artist themselves) but I couldn’t help but think that pushing the sale as a way to get art at a great bargain cheapens it for everyone. It seems that in this midwestern culture of ‘finding a deal’, we’re forced into a garage sale mentality – whether it be at Holiday Art Bazaars or Art Crawls or even coffee shop walls. With this being the main exposure of art to the public (along with the Uptown Art Fair, heaven help us) it makes it difficult to present work on any other level…and at what it should really be worth.
Maybe you disagree. Maybe you’re an artist who relies on First Thursdays at NKB. Maybe you’re one of the artists I know who takes advantage of the system and works it in your favor – without compromise. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
For sure we’ll see you at the Rosalux Holiday Bazaar tonight. I have some last minute gift shopping to do.
just wanted to thank everyone that was able to make it to Ben’s opening on Friday at Rogue Buddha. It was wonderful to see so many people (both familiar & not so familiar). I hope everyone who attended had a splendid time. If you did not get a chance to see the show or just didn’t have the opportunity to see it at the length you would like, the show will be up until the 30th of January, so make sure to stop in.
so my mr ben olson has been preparing for his opening tomorrow @ rogue buddha for some time…i often get phone pics in the wee hours of the night with his latest masterpiece…
here are some (small & grainy) sneak peaks for tomorrow’s opening…
the real paintings are amazing…
see you soon (friday night)!?!
Street art is what makes this city mine.
Walking around Northeast this past October, I came across a sight that called to me, because there they were: all these lovely little hearts, and a little fella and a lady, so romantically decorating boring brown service doors by the Terminal Bar. An October Valentine from the city, to me.
Street art captivates me because it is both intimately personal and completely anonymous. Street art is personal, because you only see it if you’re looking. The artist who creates these public works is making art for art’s sake, to enhance and augment the cityscape in accordance with the artist’s personal vision. Despite these personal perspectives, however, street art is profoundly anonymous…who stenciled those hearts?
And whoever did will never know I saw them.
But for the time before the piece is buffed away, there is a connection between the artist and the art, and the art and the self-selected audience. I see it, so it’s in my vision, and that stenciling transforms the utility doors into art, and mid-stride on the sidewalk, here I am, contemplating art, instead of ugly brown doors.
tinyshoes has agreed to join our happy mplsart family…she will be bringing to the blog all that is street art related….with her owns pics, view, loves, hates, etc…
oh…and who is tinyshoes…she is someone with an eye on the current street art scene, a passion to share her finds and an optimistic view point…how mplsart appropriate!
welcome tinyshoes & thank you!
i get the photos from the wedding back next week…and as promised/threatened, I will be assaulting you with endless images of the night…
as a teaser…local artist Drew Peterson created the image below for us, pre wedding. We used it as our RSVP card.
tonight is the opening of Create – Destroy – Repeat @ rosalux…the work should be intriguing…so if you are out & about stop on in.
One of the two artists showing, Ruben Nusz and wife Amanda just had a baby boy, Emerson, so bring a celebratory cigar!
also, there is a perfect write up in the new print version of Vita.mn on the Deuce Seven show…pick up a copy. i think the article will be reprinted in the stribs sunday paper also, or so the rumor is.