9 October 2010

big love; Annie Vought

This woman is incredible and meticulous, and overwhelming. I can't imagine the time and focus it would take to do this...

paper cut outs of handwriting, pinned to a wall. 

Annie Vought is also responsible for a little project called Budget Gallery which has perhaps the coolest rules for curating an exhibition ever;

  • We use underutilized public spaces for our exhibitions.
  • If work doesn't sell at the opening, it stays, in public, unguarded, for at least 1 week.
  • After the opening the unguarded work is sold on the honor system.
  • All art work in our shows will be sold, stolen [1], adopted [2] or vandalized [3] and we can not pre-determine the outcome.
  • Our commission is arbitrary, optional, and determined by the artist.
  • Artwork included in shows is selected by the artists who choose to participate.

On Theft and Vandalism

  1.  Having a work stolen is the highest honor of the Budget Gallery because it means someone wanted the work so badly they were willing to abandon personal and societal mores to acquire your piece of art. In our eyes, this may be considered a more valuable compliment to you than a simple monetary transaction.
  2.  Adopted is the justification that some people might give for stealing the work. They feel like they don't want the artwork left out on the street and will therefore take ownership of the work
  3.  We consider vandalism a form a collaboration the artist did not anticipate.

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