Terrance Lazaroff on thu 15 mar 01
I can appreciate all your comments, but this argument is a no-win for you.
As a serious, studio artist, it is your responsibility to document your work
for a whole variety of different purposes. You need good slides to enter
shows, to apply for grants or other opportunities, for publicity and
advertising. Beyond all that, you just need to keep a good record of the
work you have done.
I must throw an arrow at you Vince, (but it is without malice), because you
are perpetuating, the myth by stating that is a no-win for me. If all of us
on this net accept your premise, then it is definitely a no-win situation.
However, If I convince one new emerging artist to wait for it and convince
his colleagues to wait for it, maybe one day we will be better compensated
for our creativity. It will require solidarity amongst the artists. Sadly,
the myth is stronger at this time and so artists give in to the demands.
When I apply for a gallery of show, I show my slides like everyone else. If
they ask for permission on the entry form to use my images for publicity, I
simply say no. If they ask me personally for permission to use my image for
publicity, I give permission with a caveat. My name must be Larger in the
publication than the name of the show or gallery. This ensures that the
image is giving me the exposure. If the show or gallery refuses, fine. If I
am then excluded from the show because of my position, I talk to my art
association and let them handle it. It is that simple.
As for other opportunities, yes I have my documentation. I use it for
publicity for which I pay. However, my name is predominant. I also choose
when, where and how to display the image. I know some of my fellow clay
artists with boutiques, who publicize in design and home decoration
magazines. The publicity is free. In many cases the photos are free, and
their name is reining. Furthermore, more people tend to see the image than
the 5000 who purchase an international ceramic art book.