Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Big 100 at the Goodfoot

I just got back from “The Big 100” benefit show at The Goodfoot. This is an annual event curated by Chris Haberman, all-around artist, curator, advocate. The walls at the Goodfoot exhibit works all the same small size, nicely framed, every piece 50 bucks. The works benefit Cascade Aids Project, plus there’s a food collection for the Oregon Food Bank right at the door.

Benefits revolving around art bring a mixed bag of feelings to many in the art community here. I do participate by donating work - this year it was at Disjecta; previous years, different organizations. Organizations who help those at risk will always receive help from artists, who often also live at risk.

When I first moved back here (it’s been 13 years now), I was stunned at how much art could be had for next to nothing. Perhaps part of the problem was how closely we all share the same fishbowl. Collectors and artists alike, high and low, all travel in very few degrees of separation. There’s an opinion here that some of these events keep the price of art way down. I do know collectors who will buy nowhere else when certain auctions happen. God forbid you have a show during that month! Some artists are also wary of giving to causes who do not bother to step out of their world, who do not even visit the exhibitions they wish to profit from.

That’s not the case at all at this Big 100 show. The big grid of art reveals just about every kind of medium and style - nonetheless you get only a small piece of real estate from any artist’s production. It’s a taste. It can never replace a bigger work….

- But it might entice you to check them out! I swear, I saw so many beautiful pieces at this show, I couldn’t single just a few out for this blog, thus only this paltry installation shot. People literally had shopping bags full of art. They would lay out their pieces and discuss the merits of their collecting with whoever was walking by. And in this mix, you found emerging and well known artists. I walked out star-struck and inspired.

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