Everybody is getting ready for Open Studios so that made this post even more relevant. Our space - like many others - turns Open Studios into a party on down! night. The DJ chosen plays loud music, food rolls out on a regular basis and if you won't get that wine out there soon enough, the free loaders start complaining. Is this the way to present art? What are we creating - a space where our work is looked at with respect or just another Friday night pit stop? When I was doing PR for Open Studios, I was contacted by some blogger whose purpose was to post about where the free food and wine was - never mind what the event. The important thing was the freebies which are (mostly) thrown away on people who can well afford to feed themselves, probably better than we can. I didn't agree to him listing us although he may have done it anyway but it was another reminder, if I needed one, about how we have allowed ourselves to be used and viewed.
"Re: showing the video of Joshua Bell playing in the subway, the one where few people stopped to listen:
It certainly made me think about the many shows I have done when people have walked absent-mindedly through a show. Chatting on the phone, or with a friend. Half looking at the work. At these very shows, there are artists showing work that is worthy of being in a museum....or who have work in a museum.
I have yet to see someone walking through a museum, chatting on their cell phone, and munching on popcorn. Why does one setting invoke respect and focus, and another half-hearted attention? I do not expect people at a craft show,...even a high caliber show....to be looking at the artists and their work with reverence. But, if you do come to see beauty, then why not see the beauty? "