Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Not Just Sitting On My Art
It's nearly midnight and I'm sitting on the floor of my studio folding 150 glassine paper envelopes for 150 signed, numbered copies of my limited edition photographic print, Study For Modern Strategies For Survival : Resized For Mass Consumption. The glassine is almost transparent so the image will be just visible within, along with a printed sheet that explains the relationship between the photographic study and the large enamel paintings inspired by a 2001 expedition to Lake Eyre, particularly Bird Of Prey, from the Lake Eyre On Acid series, which is being auctioned by Deutscher-Menzies in Sydney, tomorrow evening.Tomorrow morning, I'll pack the small packets into a box and deliver them to Menzies Art Brands, where I'll meet with the National Operations Manager, John Keats, and supervise the ushers as they place a packet on every seat in the auction room so that they might be taken home by those who come to bid – hopefully for one or all of the three works of mine included in the evening's sales.The give-away is an extension of what I'm doing here on the blog. As well as being an unusual way of saying thank you for what's been a wild – and wildly successful – two or three years, it's an unprecedented opportunity for self-promotion in an unexpected context. It also happens to mesh with my committed independence of the traditional gallery system as well as some residue of youthful socialist ideals.