Tuesday, May 16, 2006

detroit art works...?

I have an idea! I would like to have a link (the top link - to replace the google link) to another spin-off blog that would be called "detroit art works". I love the ny site nypainters and believe that it would be a great idea to have a collection of images of detroit artists' works available to those who visit detroitartsblog. Not only could it be a site that would just be an image library it could also include artists' emails, website links, or new works that need discussion - but very little text besides artist info. (I can't live on my computer now can I??)
Here is the only problem I foresee: A) I include images that I already have of detroit artists' works but they for some reason don't want me to post those images or I make other artists angry because I don't have them on file. B) I leave it open for artists to submit images to go on the link at a certain email address but then get bombed with too many images and also if I "curate" the images those left out might also be upset.
I am thinking that a happy medium between using images I have and also submitted images would work best??
So...in general I guess I would like to hear some different sides before I go ahead with the artist image bank. Real names would be appreciated:)

11 Comments:

Blogger John Azoni said...

I would just go with having people submit work and then curate it. It's your blog, who cares if people are upset. I think no matter what you do in any life situation, there will be someone out there that will get upset about it. You can't please everyone. At least with submitting images, it's more under the control of the artists what we get to have shown, and then you could just sort of lump them in categories like abstract, figurative, photo realist, etc.

Or just use what you have and if anyone has objections with the work you can have them send you stuff and change it.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous gilda said...

This is a great idea.

Have artists submit the images that they want to have included, maybe with preferences as to which ones are the most important to them. You can limit the total number of images submitted [5, 10, whatever you want] at any given time. Your curatorial efforts would be easier if you dont have to slog through a million images from each artist.

I would categorize them by name, just as the nypainters site does. This saves you from trying to fit those artists whose work defies categorization into some artificial niche.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous michigan brown said...

CAID's artist bank is nice, and has perhaps helped out a few artists/patrons/interested 3rd parties....

But what are you looking for with this Ann? Perhaps it would be better if you went further, and actually curated 'shows' online for the sole purpose of discussion....instead of having the commercial angle, you could present a few pictures from different artists, perhaps some original fic/non-fic writing, a little context for visitors...It was a hit for the few weeks Trebuchet was around. And this way intentions are known. If people are really enamored with the work they can inquire direct to the artist...

Detroit is really quite diverse, so there's room for showing a broad spectrum of work for the sake of showing that there is no 'style' per se.

8:48 AM  
Blogger ann said...

mi brown,
I like your idea...I would love to curate "online shows" but I first have to consider my time and how much time I want to be in front of the computer and how much time I want to be in front of the canvas!

Thanks for all the comments! I will most likely start a general list of artists like the nypainter's site and consider "online curation"!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous cooper said...

on a not toatally unrelated note......
everyone on this blog should consider joining the astronaut collective:
http://www.thisisprogress.net/astronaut.html

It's a similar idea in that it is a multidisciplinary online show driven by a theme, except everyone is reacting to that theme simultaneously for an hour.....like a virtual flash mob for art.

the website explains this all better (click on the how astronaut works link on the right)

I believe Ann discussed this in one of her posts.

This project is not geographically specific, though it has a strong representation from S.E. Michigan.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous cristin richard said...

Ann,
Your blog has been such an important resource.
I appreciate all of the time and effort you have been putting in to keeping everyone aware of whats going on. I agree with the previous comments. Artists should choose whether or not they want to participate. Submissions curated by the host makes the most sense.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me!



Another topic . . . did you check out the show at the Birmingham Congregational Church "Celebrate Life" juried by Ray Fleming?

12:14 PM  
Blogger craigpaulnowak said...

This is quite an undartaking Ann. I have to admit, I really admire how well you are able to keep up with DetroitArts. Before I had thought that begginning a blog would be fun and easy, more or less like keeping a personal journal except with pertinent information instead of daily reflections. I was wrong.

Now you want to start another blog for the sole benifit of the city and not so much for your own benifit. I admire that as well.

This is just a thought, but I noticed that this blogsite can be done with teams, meaning more than one person. I know that for myself, the whole idea of teams is one that doesn't float so well, but you may want to consider it. Get another person or two to work on the site with you, people who know how blogspot works, who will be of some help, and split the Detroit Art Archive (the one that you're planning) up between the three of you.

Maybe that'll give you time to paint.

I'd be willing to help, but right now, I'm having a difficult enough time keeping up with my own blog (www.theartshow.blogspot.com).

Actually, maybe you can give me a few pointers. I'm struggling with what direction to take my blog. I don't want it to be irrelevant. If you get a second, I'd appreciate it.

1:30 PM  
Blogger ann said...

hey craig,
thanks for the offer but for now I still want to keep the blog small and do everything myself. Now that the image based blog is up...I actually don't think it will take much more time because I am only resizing images and posting.
as far as advice, the only thing I can say is be yourself...I find that I really get bored with blogs that lack a voice.
thanks for the comments!

9:20 AM  
Blogger craigpaulnowak said...

Hi Ann,

Thanks. Simple advice, but it's exactly what I needed.

Also, is it too much to ask that the pics in the Detroit Art Works site be made to link to the artists corresponding website?

Just a thought...

3:06 PM  
Blogger ann said...

hey craig...
that isn't a problem - when the artist emails me a jpeg they should include a link to their website :)

ann

6:24 PM  

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