I should have brought my mom to the Toronto Art Expo. She's always telling me "Todd, why don't you try making art someone actually wants to buy?". I've thought about exhibiting my art at the Toronto Art Expo in years past. The high entrance fee always stopped me ($1665 at least). Apparently, it stopped just about everyone else, who isn't in the business of making wall art for middle class baby boomers.
I hate to be so negative but I'd be remiss if I didn't warn others like me to save their money and head to Queen West instead. Don't get me wrong, the art expo has its audience. A friend who came to see the show with me on friday, commented that his company, Brushstrokes, goes every year. Brushstrokes buys the rights to paintings and then sells reproductions of them by the thousands in places like Ikea. Walking up and down the isles, I see a lot of traditional landscape paintings, a lot of flowers and the mandatory female nudes with their backs to the viewer. The artists who paint these likely do well. My suspicion is that most of them will sell a few decent sized works for a few thousand bucks each. Some will even get lucky enough to sell the right of reproduction to a company like Brushstrokes.
There were a few artists I did like. One did a naively painted montage of stills from Mel Gibson's 'The Passion'... awesome. The token guy doing Tool CD style art was there - taking one for the team. Wire mesh artist Pei Lin Chen, is actually pretty wicked and probably sells well too. Chen makes relief works with wire mesh like the kind you find in doors. The work looks a lot like those pin board things you press against your face, capturing the image in the pins.
Community arts expo & musical performances 2/23
A cd release!
live music! (GOH NAKAMURA! EE! GOLDA SUPERNOVA! DJVNA! SAMBASIA! DJ TORO! others!)
drinks & things!
djs & stuff!
reasons to justify the otherwise obnoxious overuse of exclamation points!
celebrate ksw community on thursday, february 23rd at commotion.
join ksw and local artists for ksw's 7 years of APAture cd release and community arts expo event. featuring musical performances by:
and DJ TORO
you'll also have the chance to browse the wares and artwork of ksw and local artists throughout the evening, while enjoying the vibe and imbibing fine liquid concessions
INDIE ARTS EVENTS
IF YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST / MUSICIAN , FASHION DESIGNER , DANCER , FILM DIRECTOR / FILM STUDENT , BOOK WRITER , PAINTER , LOCAL PROMOTER , SPOKEN WORD ARTIST , MERCHANDISE VENDOR ,OR ANYTHING ELSE UNDER THE INDIE ARTIST UMBRELLA THIS MAY BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO YOU !
WHAT : ONE WORLD
INDIE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
SPOKEN WORD~DJ ,
WHEN : SATURDAY,JULY 2ND & SUNDAY,JULY 3RD 2005
12 NOON-MIDNIGHT (SATURDAY)
ALL AGES EVENT
WHERE : THE ART TEMPLE
MULTIMEDIA ART CENTER
7141 INDIAN CREEK DRIVE
INDIE ARTS EVENT registration this Saturday!!!
ATTENTION ALL INDEPENDENT ARTIST( music,fashion,film,theatre,dance,spoken word,etc.)
ONE WORLD INDIE ART & FASHION EXPO
SATURDAY,JULY 2ND(12 NOON-MIDNIGHT)
SUNDAY,JULY 3RD (3PM-MIDNIGHT)
ALL AGES EVENT
ADVANCED TICKETS:$15/1-DAY PASS,$25/2-DAY PASS TICKETS AT THE DOOR:$20/1-DAY PASS,35/2-DAY PASS
CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE IN FREE WITH PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Registration day for the ONE WORLD INDIE ART & FASHION EXPO will be held on Saturday,June 4th 2005 inside THE ART TEMPLE ART & ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX on Miami Beach at 2pm . Registration fees for all artist are as follows