Jan 062011

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.

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Jan 032011

Over the past 10 years as an artist I’ve had an interest in art collection while interacting with galleries and collectors.   In 2009, Fine Art Ventures, LLC was created, which manages the artdc Gallery.  After planning and opening 8 shows, I really wanted to start actively collecting work with an impact on the local economy through the gallery.

Showing work in the gallery felt a lot like collecting art with out purchasing it through the planning, hanging, and displaying the work.  Sadly, though, at the end of the show we have to let the work go, which is often tough.  It’s hard not to become attached to the work!

We’ve focused on the DC area and spent some time meeting artists and making selections that we think are important.  Developing a show involves thought and a wonderful interaction with artists.  There’s a difference between collecting art and simply owning art.  There’s a thought process in a collection.  When you collect coins, you have an area of interest which could be one country or another, or a specific type of metal, gold or silver, or a date range, something that holds the collection together.  It’s the same with art.  To collect, it’s deeper than just purchasing art.  There’s a color range, a style, an emotional feel, a movement, or something else that ties it all together.  Lately I’ve been focused on the work of Washington, DC area artists.  I see bits of a movement coming together, and I want to support that.

With out completely developing a plan for what I wanted to buy up front, I decided to buy a work from Zac Jackson for my personal collection.  The work was in the artdc Gallery’s Sculpture: 301 show curated Steven Jones.

Zac Jackson’s work is a kinetic piece.

Zac Jackson is at UMD and he has some pretty amazing ideas.  I like his attention to detail in his work.  Details like the loom used to contain the a/c wires.  His choice of motors works great.  I know as an an artist, myself, the type of energy and research that it takes to find the perfect part, so I respect that.  The cams are designed to wear so the work evolves and grows as it ages.  I find a programmed chronological life span to work is an exceptional idea.  I know he’s experimented with different cam shapes to impact the work’s characteristics of motion.  The 3 faces we bought have the “aggressive” cams.

His work inspired us (the artdc Gallery) to look into other DC area artists to see if they were doing kinetic work.  Which inspired the artdc Gallery’s Don’t Feed The Art (DFTA) show that I co-curated with Grayson Heck the next year.  Find a video of the DFTA show and Zac’s work at the link above.

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Jan 032011

We’re very excited to bring artacquired.com to the web.  We will chronicle and discuss collection of art which is incredibly important  to society and the art economy.  Anyone can collect art.  We think that everyone should own a work of art!  Anyone can.  If you haven’t yet, start your collection now.  Go to a gallery, an art non-profit, a university art program, do some research and you’ll find that there’s amazing  work available to any budget.

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