06/22/2005: "Must the Show Go On?"
For reasons beyond anyone’s control I’ve been asked if I mind moving the show. It's a bigger cafe that gets more traffic but I’d be limited to one wall so I’ll have to cut some pieces. That also means a couple other artists will have work up (that's been there for awhile)- I remember my last 2-person show; everyone was ooing and ahing and buying her work and ignoring mine...a couple friends came up to me and said "I'd like to buy your painting on the end there" and I'd have to say "THAT ONE ISN'T MINE! I swore I'd never do it again) I’ve also been told no outside food or wine. “Welcome to my opening! Pay for your refreshments over there!”
Anyway, I’m starting to ask myself, what really makes this an opening then? (aside from the fact I’ll be there feeling awkward and unable to get drunk!) Plus, if someone wants to buy a piece later in the month they’ll have to hike several blocks up the street to the JAHC gallery to pay, which has very limited hours- so if nothing sells at the “opening” then it probably won’t sell at all.
To be honest though, I have *very* low expectations for sales. I hate thinking like a business person but choices have to be made and bills have to get paid. I mean, which pieces should I cut? I could cut the 30x40 painting of the fiddler in the yellow field which is the highest priced item and least likely to sell because in that space I could hang 2-3 smaller, less expensive pieces that have a better chance of selling. I hate that I have to think about things like that!
On the brighter side, if something does sell I only pay 15% plus I get to use their mailing list and bulk permit, but it’s starting to feel less like a solo show and more like a chance to hang up some work where it will get seen for awhile, which is nice too I guess. But if that’s the case, I almost feel like skipping the whole “opening” ordeal. I just can't bring myself to email all those people again.