|Art of the Call||
Sandra Banister, Photographer in Portland Oregon posted by Chris on Jan 13, 2013
Here's another Art of the Call video podcast where we ask directors, artists and curators to talk about the call for entry process.
In this video, Sandra talks about:
Applying to calls
Trial and error - look to see who the jurors are, higher pedigree
If it's oversaturated then it has to be of high level
Whatever is going to give you notoriety, build your portfolio so you have credibility and the collectors start coming more
Try it once locally and see how it goes, I tend to sell in high traffic venues
Photo magazines is a matter of trial and error
Look who has one or juried in - you want to make sure it has the pedigree
I've seen contests where the work is not good, really bad photoshopping - why did they even allow that into the show?
Make sure whoever wins is really really good at what they did
Choosing work for a call
I had several ones that were just sitting there, aching to get in
Is it a theme?
It can be a problem if the scope is too broad
Use juried competition to push yourself, get ready for rejection - you need to take a look at the theme and see if you can break into that
Make sure that they're looking at emerging folks as well - some jurors get comfortable with tried and true artists
When I've sold something or won notoriety or an award
I have some pieces that sell no matter where I go
Affirmation is when somebody shows up and buys the piece
At the show
At openings I watch people, to see how they react to my piece
And if they're really lingering I go up and ask if they have questions
What goes on in the minds of jurors I don't know but this has been a great year
Being accepted is one thing - I'm very inconsistent
I did this project with a whole series... the curator thought my work was too inconsistent - but I did get a lot of notoriety and they did sell.
Social media and digital has changed it
May be oversaturated, especially photographer
Go from being a photographer to being an arts
People want this tactile experience of seeing the art although some people prefer to just get online and purchase there
Every artist needs to cater to whatever the market dictates
All the noise on Twitter , Facebook etc and maintain a voice. Artists that understand online may have a better chance than better artists who are not online
The taste of the audience is changing - anything goes
It's more difficult for people who have not adapted to new technology - more a problem for the older generations
Us boomers have to keep up
If you don't have a place on the Internet... not good
Varies to the call, not a lot of consistency
Is confusing for people who don't understand Photoshop etc
It would really help if there were a standard on the size of the image
It's just a free-for-all
Need to be technologically savvy
Oversaturated, calls get way more than they need
Everybody has jumped on the bandwagon
You should have pedigree
When you're judging these contests, that you're not getting lazy
We need standards
I get emails all the time for calls - but I'll just wind up in a pile of tons of people;
Maybe there should be a limit for the number of entries. How do judges go through all that?
No idea what's going on at the other end
Art of the Call.Chris Ritke asks the people behind art calls for entry and shows to talk about the whys, whats and hows.
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