As the first post, I feel a certain self-applied pressure to make it an important, all encompassing, explanatory, and meaningful one.. But in the spirit of this blog I've decided it's best to just go with my gut (you'll be hearing that expression a lot).
This photographic laser print was purchased at an exhibition titled 35ppm, put together by Melbourne indi publishing house Bloom Publishing. The title of the exhibition came from how many laser prints their printer (which they had dragged in and set up in the gallery) could pump out per minute.
The show was held at Tinning Street in 2015 and featured 30 A3 black & white photographs by Australian and international photographers. Of the displayed works each piece was available to purchase for $20 and was printed on the spot with a limit of 10 sold per image. They also published a book of the works. Very clever.
When artworks are priced at $20, you kind of have this feeling wash over you... is it greed? I don't know, but it feels good and urgent and you have to use all your strength to not shove everyone out of the way and buy the lot.
I knew absolutely nothing about Katarina Soskic, I actually didn't find out her name until much later. My choice was based purely on how her photograph made me feel. The sheer exuberance of it. This sounds like a bit of a cop-out as a reason to buy an artwork but I'm here to tell you, it's as good a reason as any. Perhaps it's a better reason than most now that I think of it. We have an internal databank of feelings and experiences which are triggered by images (among other things), and while this image may not be for you, it is most definitely a trigger for me. It hangs in our kitchen in industrial Brunswick, and damn, does it make me feel free!
Lessons learnt - Buy it because you like it. Cheap isn't always bad.
Artwork - Katarina Soskic
Price - $20 (plus custom frame = $120)
Purchased via - Tinning Street Presents / Bloom Publishing
Find out more -
35ppm the book
Tinning Street Presents
Nicholas Blackmore Framing
The Humble Collector.
By sharing the unique stories of how I came to own the art I do, I hope to show you that not only is buying art for your home exciting, enriching and painless, but it's undeniably rewarding for all involved.