This Friday the Penland School of Crafts presents CORE SHOW 2009! Come see new work by Christina Boy, Jessica Heikes, Marianne Dages, Wes Stitt, Joshua Kuensting, Leah Frost, Beth Schaible, Jason Burnett, and Mark Warren at the Northlight Building from 700-1000 pm. Snacks and such. The show continues Saturday and Sunday.
I subscribe to and agree with this line of thinking. Twice this week I've been in conversations regarding the paths and ways a maker can show and sell their work, and how there is a distinctly hierarchical system in place that presumes the only way an artist can be "successful" is to participate in that system. My thinking is that one should define success on their own terms, and act on that definition. The existing paradigm will never be changed otherwise.
DIY: make your own show. Or something like that. It seems to me that can be both personal and scalable. Flattening the playing field would benefit both makers and those that might be inclined to buy their work. And provide much more variety of venues and presentation.
We're an ever- changing collective of artists and makers committed to questioning, collaborating, sharing, informing, educating and building alternative environments for communicating our ideas and distributing our work.