Yes! Been on pins and needles waiting anxiously to see if a new series of photographs that will make me “rich” and “famous” would be accepted into an exhibition. Guess what? For the right price and absolutely no aesthetic standards, they’ve found a venue. Pathetic? Why yes it is. Surprising? Absolutely not. Predators prey on artist’s dollars while toying with their insecurities or stroking their unrealistic egos.
Over the last three months, I’ve written two blog entries about an EXHIBTION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS (https://factorxx.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/exhibition-that-will-make-you-famous/ and https://factorxx.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/an-exhibition-that-will-make-you-famous-part-2/). A vanity venue located in a picturesque and lovely area in Italy has been relentlessly emailing wanting my money. It would “only” cost an estimated $10,061.03 including the participation fee, shipping to/from the exhibit and paying an agent to set up/take down works.
Last week, the curator and exhibitions manager of the EXHIBITION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS emailed (two months after my last inquiry) and stated that photography is accepted with the sign on the dotted line contract attached. If the venue had researched my work via a simple Internet search, photos of doggie doo or puppy poo aren’t part of my repertoire. But in their numerous solicitation emails, a “committee” had given “approval” to my art. CYNICISM ALERT: yeah right…
This “new” series of photographs are based on vanity consumption and the lengths predators will go through to achieve “success.” The title for the body of work: Hot Mess.
What kind of venue thinks these photos are “art”? One without principles/values and made of greed courtesy of taking advantage of artists. Even if I had an extra $10,061.03 in the bank, the money would be better served feeding the hungry, helping the poor, buying art supplies, or paying down student loans. No dollars should be spent supporting an exhibition that makes big bucks on the backs of already financially challenged creatives.
This artist politely says no thanks to the EXHBITION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS and yes to self-respect. Artists must step pass this hot mess of a venue and boycott similar “get filthy rich and famous like your favorite reality TV star” schemes. Time to bag up these “opportunities” and throw them in the trash where they belong.