VICTOR JOHNSTON on fri 10 oct 97
>>> Paul Lewing 10/09/97 07:16am
We've all at one time or another been asked to contribute to
auction or display our work someplace where we know it will
sell, but we're told we should do it because "it's good exposure".
Like your ball park sculpture.
To which I usually reply, "You can die of exposure". Or maybe, "I
expose myself easier than that".
Paul Lewing, Seattle
It's great exposure, I agree, but no one knows who did it! What
good is exposure if the artist or sponsoring group remains
It's a litle painful (maybe my pride is getting to me) when I see
some of my best work and and know that while highly admired, it
will not bring me a penny of business. Add to that the value of
the work being in excess of $15,000 for which the city paid a total
of about $3000, including the wall in which it went, of which I
recieved $1000 with the understanding that there would be a
plaque identifying all the contributors and their part (including
Carolynn Palmer on sun 12 oct 97
Victor, I agree, you were ripped off. Unless you can somehow get them to put
up the plaque identifying you and your creation, you will not benefit and you
have actually lost a great deal (your time and your materials) materially
from the experience. Not to mention the angst you suffer everytime you think
of it or see it.
You certainly win the "exposure but no credit" contest.
Actually, I was thinking about all of those obviously handmade bowls and mugs
and things we see in commercials, or in tv shows or in advertisements.
Someone made these things, and I wondered if anyone else had the experience
of recognizing their work in this kind of situation.
Like all of those pottery windchimes in that old movie, with Kathleen Turner
and William Hurt, "Body Heat."
Carolynn Palmer, Somerset Ctr, Michigan