Monday, January 30, 2006

CALL FOR ARTISTS

CALL FOR MICHIGAN ARTISTS:
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Detroit and Michigan artists, I need your attention now!

 

I work at a gallery, TRA Art Group in the Michigan Design Center (a corporate and trade gallery), and we have stumbled upon a great opportunity for local artists. A large investment and real estate development company (which I will not name on the blog) is looking for Michigan artists' works to put in their new building downtown and other buildings in the metro Detroit area. Detroit artist, Mary Rousseaux and I are working on a deal to propose to the company but we first need your help. If you are interested please submit high resolution jpeg images to traart@sbcglobal.net for us to select artists to be included in the proposed artist bill. We are looking for more established artists...ie...clint snider, mitch cope, scott hocking, lynn galbreath, ben kiel...and so on...so spead the word. The sooner you submit image/resume the better.


If you have any questions please contact the listed email address. Thanks :)

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann, does "established" mean "boring?"

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't help wondering why you didn't contact Snider and the rest of them directly instead of posting some message that reads like "if I don't know you don't bother with it"

9:21 AM  
Anonymous interested party said...

here is ann trying to pass on some useful info and all you can do is dog her, anonymous. Are you upset because she didnt list your name?

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree, anonymous if you are so learned and have so many suggestions you should probably have your own blogspot?

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thought it was weird that those few names were listed. It made me not want to submit, I felt alienated. But it was nice that this opportunity was made available, and I think that Ann does a great job with this blog.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous interested party said...

I saw the names listed as ilustrative of those artists who have been out of school for a bit, not current students, maybe, and also known personally by Ann. My name wasnt listed, but so what? I am sure going to get some examples of my work to her as soon as possible. The only listing I am interested in is the list of artists who will get a check!

11:57 AM  
Anonymous topher said...

here, here... I too saw the names and understood that this call is for artists whose work would go nicley in a corporate environment. nothing work with that. My work isnt at that level yet...too many wangs and hoo-hoos. Hell I cant even get along well enough in a corporate office. But I think the call is asking that if you believe your work is of the same quality of the artusts listed, then feel free to answer. I can see that if no names wre listed, alot of crap would flood the post box of the clients and waste their time. Kudos to the info. great service!!! love the site.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just in response to the earlier statement if you feel alienated you may not feel that you are at a level of quality in work suited for commercial sale. if that's true you feeling alienated is not such a bad thing. Everyone once in a while something that comes along asks us to measure ourselves, and that is a good time for reflection. i personally will answer the call for entry, that of course really doesn't even mean anything.

12:55 PM  
Blogger ann said...

I am a little annoyed that there is such a debate about the names I listed. Jesus...I only listed there names b/c they popped in my head first and everyone would recognize there level of art. Do you really want me to list every detroit artist? come on...I am just trying to help everyone out!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just observing they are all kind of dull; what you'd expect of corporate art: looks nice, no content. Now write again how altruisitic you are, it's very inspiring.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

what a fucking asshole. get lost, jerk.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

it's so nice to see that we can all curse now.

i mean get along.

sometimes this blog feels like the schoolyard. everyone venting.

and perhaps that's a good thing. or, at least a revealing thing. and that can be good. maybe.

5:41 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

WHAT???!! Clinton Snider's work is BORING?? Ben Kiehl's work is BORING?? dude....come on. Well...that's your opinion I guess. I'm a huge fan of the both of them. While yes, their work fits in well in a corporate setting I think it's far from boring. Boring to me is renaissance art. Or photo realism. Though, ben's work is photo realistic, it's also very abstract and original. ANYWAY....this is lame. just send your work and stop whining about "the list".

12:35 AM  
Anonymous a local artist said...

If you want to look at work in a corporate setting around here that is NOT boring, go to these places....

Neiman Marcus in Somerset
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Compuware
Cobo Hall
Recieving Hospital
United American Healthcare

In three of these cases,Blue Cross and United American,and Recieving Hospital, there are published full color art books of their collections. A nice perk for the artists in those collections.

In the case of Neimans and Blue Cross, they specifically asked for Michigan artists. I am fortunate to be represented with several works, and happy that they specified indigenous artists when they could have done like so many and gone straight to NY for their art.

I think that corporate collections have gotted bad press overall because of the lameness of a few. In my experience around here, the corporations take to heart the suggestions of the consultants that they work with, in terms of acquiring wonderful work. Of course, the MOST edgy and the MOST difficult works may have a hard time in these venues....after all, there arent many corporate moguls like Saatchi around. But we DO have Gil Silverman and his fluxus collection.

With all of the new buildings going up, there is the distinct possibility to have work included. The consultants and gallerists around here, and I have worked with a number of them, work very hard to contact the arts committees to make sure their artists are represented. They also realize that more monies can be realized from these kinds of situations as opposed to the occasional private collector....who is still very important, but who does not have the financial wherewithal to buy the works from a large group of artists all at once.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should be inspired, and you should look more inward rather than outward, this is me writing altruistically again.

corporate doesn't mean boring it means for some people, pay, not having to work so many hours at a real job or paying studio rent or supplies, etc., so they can continue to paint

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I am quite aware that people need money to live. But this is not a sales site...is it?

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Altruistically writing again,

I don't know what you're talking about.

i think you are really unaware of what collections corporations may have and how impressive they are.

Many,many are of museum quality and it is very common for a corporation to have artists of outstanding abilities and fame.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time someone says to someone else, you don't know what they are talking about....It is true of the speaker. Why else make ad hominem?
Sorry, I've been around the block a few times....

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last post should have been edited. My point is that I am quite aware of "corporate art." You should not be telling people what they know; just because I don't agree with you does not mean I do not have information to make an informed judgement.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok let me try again, i did not know why you brought up the point that this is not a sales site. that is obvious. secondly. I was assuming that you did not know what type of collections a corporation has because you stated that corporate art is boring. maybe i shouldn't assume that but you said you thought corporate art was dull with no content, if you are saying that you must be some- what uninformed. You can name almost any artist and their work is in a corporate collection somewhere.

to the other statement, are you saying that "I don't know what you're talking about" means that the speaker doesn't know what he's saying? is that what you mean?

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I think you got my meaning. Usually- almost always by my experience- those attacking others as not knowing what they are talking about are the one's it is first true about. Otherwise, why make such a personal attack? , It's kind of egocentric, no? Anyone who disagrees with me can't be informed as well as I am?

By the way, I never criticized the idea of selling work to a corporation; artists sell to whomever has the money.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright whatever, i don't believe saying i don't know what you're talking about is an attack or something that is based in egocentrism, certainly not my intent. I just felt that the comment seemed out of place and i didn't really know what it is referring to.
my original statement just said that it was a benefit for artists to sell work, if you think that this makes this a sales site or that anyone was turning this site into that , then that is certainly your opinion. like i said before i don't know what you're talking about Actually i would hope that this site continues to post opportunities for work to be shown, bought, etc. opportunity site?

The second comment. I know you did not condemn selling work to corporations you just said that the work was dull in corporate collections which brings me back to our first point which you seem to keep sidestepping. Corporate art is not speciffically boring and that is a very generalized, steroetypical comment to make.

i am sure only you and I are having this conversation at this point but i don't really mind continuing it.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous pacopez said...

As another artist working hard to
stay above the water I understand the earliar comments. Out of so many artists in this community it has been interesting to see lately pretty much the same show by the same people at every other place around town.

The variety!!
The spice!! Gotta expose the richness in the metro area rather than keeping it to eminem, kid rock and maybe some white stipes.

5:04 PM  

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