explored the possibilities . . . art, life, love . . . in three words
Sunday, April 5, 2009
. . . went, studied, learned
So I went to the art auction last evening. I went pretty early, and initially there were not many people there. I had an opportunity to study closely at all the art on display, everything from oils, acrylics, mixed media, collage, sculpture, photography, clothing, furniture, even some pretty famous artists (of course, I forget the names, but I do remember them as recognizable.) It was illuminating to see my art displayed amongst all the other pieces available. I had eleven pieces displayed, including one I had forgotten about. I had to look twice to make sure it really was mine. And even though I signed up to bid, the prices were completely beyond my buying capacity (but then, almost anything would fit in that category.)
I was standing over in the corner looking at some of my small pieces, all of which I have posted on this blog. A man came up and told the woman with him that he wanted to bid on two of my small pieces that would be perfect in their newly refurbished den. In fact, he wanted to paint the den one of the colors in the paintings. So far, so good.
As I was leaving, the place became more crowded, the music started, the food came out, and things were really getting busy. The silent auction ended at 7:59, but I left before that so I don't know if the gentleman bought my pieces or not, or if I sold anything else. Todd, the guy in charge, told me as I was leaving that he wanted to discuss some other opportunities for me to show my work in other venues. That's a good thing.
Here are some things I learned: In a venue like this, to be noticed, bigger is better. Brighter is better. Red shows up on the walls better. Odd is still odd, but can be eye-catching. Lots of people don't understand lots of art. People do buy art to match their decor. Furniture can definitely be art. Art is expensive. People are still buying art, and are willing to pay $10 for an opportunity to bid on it. Even though I try to keep an open mind, there are some forms of art that I do not appreciate. I saw some pieces that I thought were poorly executed, kind of sloppy, really, but perhaps that was supposed to be part of the art itself.