Saturday, February 27, 2010
Nor did the aftermath of a blizzard keep Edward Winkleman from his Chelsea gallery Friday, Feb. 26th, but it did deter the person who volunteered to be the monitor for the second installment of "Shut Up Already...I'll Look at Your Art!" A participating project of #class, artists Jenifer Dalton's and William Powhida's exhibition in the form of a think tank at Winkleman Gallery. Not to be deterred from honoring his agreement to view images of works submitted via the internet for at least ten seconds, #class co-artist Jenifer Dalton stepped up to perform the duties of monitor assuring Mr. Winkleman viewed each image for a full ten seconds. Ms. Dalton sat to Mr. Winkleman's right performing the duties of the monitor and to his left a few feet away #class co-artist William Powhida scanned incoming tweets, and comments on his laptop.
Mr. Winkleman again spent much more than the required ten seconds on many of the images, thinking out loud and commenting, discussing the images with Ms. Dalton, and again Mr. Powhida would be prompted to contribute to the discussions and add comments as well. again Mr. Winkleman spent a little over an hour and viewed around 55 images.
The latest images viewed by Mr. Winkleman can be viewed on the "Shut Up Already...I'll Look at Your Art!" blog (well that's here, over there on the left) in a sideshow which displays each image for ten seconds.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Mr. Winkleman spent far more than ten seconds on most images giving each a fair viewing often making comments or thinking out loud, occasionally having quick discussions with William Powhida who had come over from the #class "Workspace" for a quick view. In all Mr. Winkleman spent a little over an hour and viewed around 60 images.
The images viewed by Mr. Winkleman can be viewed on the "Shut Up Already...I'll Look at Your Art!" blog (well that's here, over there on the left) in a slideshow which displays each image for ten seconds. Each subsequent session will be posted.
Monday, February 15, 2010
The Rules (roughly):
- Artists will submit one digital image to "Shut up already. I'll look at your art"
- Mr. Winkleman and guests will view the image for no less than 10 sec.
- Mr. Winkleman and guests will be monitored by a volunteer as they view the work to assure full compliance with the rules.
- Mr. Winkleman, his guests and the Monitor will sign a certificate of viewing stating the image has been viewed
- Mr. Winkleman and his guests will have no obligation to provide representation to any of the artists, make any comment about, or critique any of the images.
- Once an image is viewed by Mr. Winkleman and his guests the artist cannot complain that their work is not being considered by a professional gallery for one year from the date of viewing, Mr. Winkleman and his guests will be absolved of any further obligation to take complaints by artists that their work is not being considered by a professional gallery seriously for one year from the date of viewing,
- As Mr. Winkleman and his guests view the images, they wiil be available on the internet to be viewed.
#class is an exhibition in the form of a think tank organized by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida. #class will feature over 50 events, discussions and performances presented in response to an open call for proposals on the topic of ambivalence about the commercial art market system.
for more info about #class and to see a schedule of event goto http://hashtagclass.blogspot.com/
for more about Winkleman Gallery visit their website @ http://winkleman.com/
"Shut up already. I'll look at your art"
in the spirit of Open Source and Copyleft is made up of anyone who participates, spreads the word or puts out good vibrations to the cause, and they are welcome to its authorship.
To participate and submit an image fill out the Submittal Form Here
or just spread the word to people you know worldwide
"Shut Up Already I'll Look at Your Art" will address several issues in the current art discourse and challenge some typical conventions of the commercial art market.
The most important convention challenged is authorship, by withholding artist name, the most important thing this does is address the issue of art being considered for the merits of its content, or the reputation of the artist, withholding authorship is the only way to overcome the prejudice of artist branding.
Authorship is again challenged by the need for participation by respondents to an open call for artists to contribute, not just those who submit work, but anyone who forwards an email that says you might be interested in this or know someone who is, or even someone who tells a friend about it over a drink with friends, all partial authors in their own right.
Promote the spirit of diverse people overcoming apprehensions , and working together to achieve something they could never achieve on their own, with everyone contributing , a greater good is achieved.this isaddressing much of the same issues faced in overcoming the fractures preventing people from joining together to form a community much like in the parable:
The Stone Soup Story
Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.
"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep moving on."
"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.
By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.
"Ahh," the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."
Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."
The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all. The villagers offered the soldier a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on the next day.