I have a couple of thoughts as I recounted my notes of last Saturday’s event.
- The year is 2008.
You should know jpegs, you should have a web presence.
- Throughout the four workshops, the issue was continually raised. Your presence can be as simple as a Flickr page or as invested as a http://www.yourname.com Whatever form it takes it should easily and clearly present your name, your contact info, your images, and other relevant info.
- I think blogs are a good form to use. Some of them are free and all the web-coding is already done for you! If you update regularly, like once a week or once a month, search engines and other bots will pickup on your presence. Assuming of course that you use your name and city to identify your artist-self from the scores of Jane and John Does in the world. Using Flickr, you can update your blog with images of your work.
- If you want to be respected, show some respect. Throughout the two and a half workshops I sat in on, the audience kept asking questions that suggested their frustration of not feeling like they can break into a successful art career or not having access to resources. Maintain “diplomacy” even through your frustration. Nobody wants to deal with difficult, annoying people.
- If you want to work with a gallery, you can’t go around bad mouthing one. The first panel let us know that they keep in touch and often refer artists they believe will work with the other’s program. A bad reputation will precede you.
- Did a critic get your work wrong? Communication is welcome. Name calling and acerbic comments are probably not gonna gain you an audience.
- Sent your press release early and still didn’t get any coverage? Was it during South-by? Everybody is working on a different schedule. Contact your publication of choice and find out when the best time to send material would be.
- Are you angry that some large institution is not doing enough to support artists (like you)? Instead of throwing a tantrum, address the issue. Talk to people. If that doesn’t get you anywhere, then try to do it yourself.
- Be active in the art community. Go to shows. Support other artists, support art spaces, engage in art conversations. Create.
And if you don’t think these Austin representatives know what they’re talking ’bout, here are some notes by Caryn Coleman, editor of art.blogging.la and owner of sixspace, from a similar event: PDF [via]
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.