One dealer said through a sigh, “if only I could buy stock in an artist’s career.” I always thought that was a profound idea, and maybe some entrepreneurial art dealer will figure that one out. But with out any scheme, we can. Buy art! While you don’t own shares of a company, you do hold percentage of the works produced in a lifetime.
After I bought Zac’s work for my person collection, it became clear that this was going to be a habit. So we (the gallery) decided to start buying the work that we exhibit. We plan to build a collection based on the shows that we hold.
As the collection grows, we’ll hold periodic exhibitions of our collection to bring a sense of history of the gallery into the public’s view. We are making a statement on artists that we beleive in, and this allows us to get in at the ground floor as the artists grow.
So we embraced this and moved forward, the gallery purchased a work. We bought a 48″ x 48″ oil on canvas painting by Peter Gordon, entitled “No Assurance As To The Accuracy Of The Information Provided Herein.”
This painting has another image under the surface. He’s used this canvas multiple times, and you can see he’s started to reveal bits of the underlaying image as a part of the current work. The painting’s colors work, and it has depth. The thickness of the paint is quite attractive, and the work has a sense of history with it’s revealed under painting. When you see it in person, it does have a commanding presence.
The work stands on it’s own, but I will always see it in context of the original show with Christian Benefiel’s inflatable, Grayson Heck’s found metal piano, Zac Jackson’s What, and Sarah Martin 6ft paintings. At the close of the exhibition, we couldn’t let him take it home. Currently the painting lives in the private room of the gallery on a wall, and every show since July 2009, we’ve had comments from artists and collectors as they take a tour of our back room. You must see his work in person. His work is growing. Visit his site, and check out his installation work, particularly the smart grid which he did at the Gallery.