Sunday, December 27, 2009

wants and needs

There's almost nothing I like better than a good idea, especially if it involves art-making. At this time of year, when consumerism blurs the lines between 'want' and 'need', it's refreshing to see a couple of artists who've put it all into perspective ~ and I'm not talking about anything to do with vanishing points and straight lines.

Wants for Sale is a way for Christine and Justin to help support themselves ... or at least their desires. Needs for Sale is a way for Christine and Justin to help support charities they like. Have they been successful? Just check this out. And to take it one step further, Justin also sells garbage. No. Really.

Thanks again, Rudy.


Blogger secret agent woman said...

That's interesting but it has an opposite effect on me. Or maybe it's just that I "want" to avoid helping to send someone to a place like Vegas.

27/12/09 5:36 p.m.  
Blogger paula said...

i remember tod finding these artists last bugged me. i dont get conceptual and i felt like i try so hard to make 'art' and i didn't consider a painting of a piece of pizza so they could buy pizza ART. but i guess for those big on concept it is brilliant.

27/12/09 5:41 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

SAW: Looking at it from your point-of-view (the high-minded pragmatist) I see your point. However, I think it shows chutzpah, humour and a sort of poke at the linear thinking that creates rules nazis.

Paula: I would never be able to think of it so I admire it -- especially seeing the idea through. I'd also never "buy into" it, which I guess makes me the ultimate passenger in such an endeavour.

27/12/09 7:49 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

PS For all you grumpy naysayers out there, don't forget they also do it as a fundraiser. I wonder where I can register as a charity? :)

27/12/09 7:56 p.m.  
Blogger paula said...

only because you are you and i am i...would i have the courage to say what i'm going to say without worrying too much that you will shut down and hate me.
......i dont believe in charity really. i dont think its the healthiest of systems....
there. i said it.

i appreciate that you get this and like this kind of work. and its good for me to be challenged.

28/12/09 6:40 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

I love you Paula! :) Seriously, I love that *you* challenge everything on its own terms. You have no idea how irritated I get with placid accepters.

I was thinking to myself earlier, "Why would I go to bat for an idea that (a) I'd neither do nor (b) I wouldn't actively support (like purchasing one)?" And I think it's just that old freedom-of-speech thing: I absolutely support their right to do it and admire their dedication in following through with a clever idea.

28/12/09 9:08 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

I saw Justin as a little news blurb when he first started selling NYC garbage as a university student a few years back. I admired the entrepreneurial spirit. Personally, I'm glad there's a few people out there poking fun at the system and taking a little of the pretentiousness out of 'A'rt.

28/12/09 9:30 a.m.  
Blogger paula said...

sigh of relief
thanks andrea. its a big deal for me to pipe in....
and yeah freedom to do and be is a good thing. probably something about it all if it irritates me ;)

28/12/09 11:01 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

in a way it is the ultimate everything means nothing and I don't mind it. I think it's kind of cool. I can always appreciate a new way or idea, this is not something they will do forever but it's kind of hip for right now? i dig it!

28/12/09 8:08 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen and Val: I can't resist a good poke at the seriousness of art, too.

28/12/09 8:29 p.m.  
Blogger LDahl said...

Now all I have to do is "buy" their art with drawn and painted money... I will "pay" for pizza slice with two hand colored zlobnecks!
How many zlobnecks will buy a TV dinner, I wonder?

1/1/10 8:40 p.m.  

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