|I am intrigued by you. Come closer.|
|I see you but no one knows you're a dog on the internet.|
|"How Does Healing Take Place?"|
|Stall Boards, 2008|
The New Yorker magazine. Gawd, luv, Cindi, always late to the party... I never claimed to be on top of things.
and comments in his online articles found on the internet), a reader, rather than just read an article in a magazine by him and – if motivated enough – take the time to write a letter, put it in an envelope, spend the pennies for the stamp and mail it, then wonder if it ever got read or even opened – now, that reader can hit the comment and post button. Jerry, being a sociable, engaging person, is more directly available – and so are his insights. Not only that, because the comments on places like FB are viewable, even if you don't engage directly by commenting, you can read other comments to Jerry by others who may or may not be notable people in their field. And because the internet experience is impersonal and Jerry the truck driver is reduced to type on your computer monitor in the comfort of your home, the information, interplay and exchange of ideas can be less intimidating that direct social interaction. How many people who aren't obsessed with art would never think to enter a gallery? never bother looking at contemporary art? never consider going to an opening? never bother approaching an art critic with their point of view? How many people who are obsessed with art still wouldn't do the same because they are intimidated by the whole process? [/me raises hand]
"Art Market Goes Hot and Cold."] and the prices commanded by contemporary artists, about the schism between regular contemporary artists and the celebrities among artists, about the quality of the work out there, about getting seen, getting shows, getting heard, getting funding. Jerry the truck driver has written an article touching on this subject. It is on the website, Vulture.com.
Ferrin, AKAR and the Schaller Gallery, are successful in sales for their artists. Jerry the truck driver remarks in his recent article about dealers who conduct business via JPEG. All the internet does is provide another gateway, another medium. It widens the audience of potential admirers and buyers alike. For those who cannot get to a gallery, who are intimidated, bored or annoyed by the sales people, who prefer a less direct, more direct, indirect and/or more anti-social experience, this gateway provides an expansion of experience. But it is the internet expansion of the art experience, as far as I'm concerned, including being able to interact with the people who make up the matrix of art scenes world-wide, that has the potential to add some energy to the discussion, starting with removing the self-imposed, psychological barriers of a whole number of people who have excluded themselves from art in the first place. Because Jerry the truck driver is more accessible, so, too, is your art experience.