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.