Thursday, April 13, 2006

Geopolitical Art

I receive Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Letter for artists and found this letter on Geopolitical Art to be particularly interesting.

Many artist's struggle with determining if their pursuits are a personal hobby or if their work is 'good enough' to sell. Rarely, have I heard an artist talk about their work being 'marketable.' Geopolitical art definitely falls into a niche barely touched by individuals seeking work for their dining rooms. Robert Genn's Geopolitical Art helps to at least define one's market if one should pursue this artistic statement.

I've got a few ideas beyond showing work to public gallery curators.

  1. After creating large-scale productions, one could reduce their work and create a coffee table book for political aficionados and donate a portion of proceeds to your favorite charity.
  2. Create faux stamps homage to your large scale works or allow them to become statements within themselves and affix them to your outgoing mail. I have even framed some of mine.
  3. Think of other ways one could make a powerful statement in a clever way.
While I'm not much of a political pundit, the moons and planets were aligned just right for my last political statement. Last year, friends of ours were holding a housewarming party and we decided to bring a bottle of wine. Because it was near Halloween and he's a consultant for the Democratic party, we decided to have a bit of scary fun. The wine was purchased from the grocery store, however, the label was just a bit different than one would ordinarily find. Naturally, he and his wife loved it!

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