Saturday, June 15, 2013

Winning “Work of Art,” 1.5 Years Later

Kymia Nawabi doing a studio crit with Simon de Pury
(image courtesy of the artist and Bravo TV)

This is a really interesting and insightful interview with Kymia Nawabi, the winner of season two of "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist". The show had a great premise at heart, but in a world where drunken "housewives" and c-list celebrities are celebrated by the masses, WOA didn't stand a chance. 

In this interview, Nawabi is very candid about what has happened to her over the past year and-a-half since winning the show. As many of us who watched the show may have foreseen, it is not all glitz and glamor, but it did change some things in her life as an artist and best of all, Nawabi is very down to earth about her experiences then and now...

Winning “Work of Art,” 1.5 Years Later

(interview courtesy of Hyperallergic)

Studio: 6.14.13

Studio: 6.14.13 by Tim McFarlane
Studio: 6.14.13, a photo by Tim McFarlane on Flickr.
The shape of things to come. Trying something new for my upcoming show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery this September. More info on that later this summer.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

All Art No Pay

All Art No Pay

The other day, I stumbled on a link to "All Art, No Pay",  a Tumblr dedicated to Craig's List ads that solicit creative services for no pay. I understand the need to look elsewhere to have your creative needs taken care of, but be willing to pay for those services, in some way or another. It's unbelievably insulting for people to continue to think that it's just fine if they ask artists for free services. After all, how hard can it be, right? "You can whip up that masterpiece in no time and design my promotion package at the push of a button, right? And you'll do it for free."

Try that shit with a lawyer, plumber, contractor, etc, when you need one and see how far you get. This is why artists need to have boundaries when it comes to giving away their work, whether for benefits or in the name of "getting their name out there". I wouldn't THINK of approaching a lawyer asking for free services, unless pro bono work is something that they are offering.

For fuck's sake...