W Series 5, Serigraph, 1981
Do you ever look around you and wonder what you are doing in the middle of this art ocean? Since my addiction to the Internet I am so aware of the vast numbers of "artists" out there, I have to wonder how so many manage to survive. The competition is overwhelming... and a lot of it isn't even very good! Did I mention that I'm not fond of crowds????
J and I visited a lawyer's office the other day, entered the lobby and viewed a large, abstract diptych... a very mediocre piece, weak and unimpressive. Upstairs in the office waiting room, more run of the mill stuff including one large canvas that I strongly suspect came from a Holiday Inn mill sale. Turns out one of the lawyers is an artist (isn't everyone?) and included her forged wire sculpture (looked like a Larry Bell stick figure take-off.) Anyway, there was much discussion about "art" and I asked if they knew NorDys Gallery (my local rep) and no, none of them had heard of the gallery which is one of the better wall spaces in this town! Though only five years old, it's received lots of good publicity in the local papers and radio, but these moneyed, cultured, educated uptown people drew a complete blank! This just blew me away.
I'm thinking there must be a very small percentage of qualified (having disposable income) customers who actively seek art to buy. A VERY small number. This midsize southern city features at least 6-10 impressive galleries that seem to be on sure footing... and they share a microscopic database of clientele. And there's the recent announcement that another Fortune 500 company will be leaving the city... leaving only one where there were six just a few years ago. Ummmm... this doesn't look good for local sales. I'll be a featured artist at Lagerquist Gallery (Atlanta) in Sept, perhaps I should beef up my inventory and plot some strategy here...