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Monday, March 21, 2005

Rated R(A) - Rant (Artistic)

YM has already said something about it here, but I thought I'd add my two cents' worth (before GST) to the 'discussion':

Yes, it came as a shock when I spotted Moron #1 touching one of my prints and then remarked to his girlfriend, "Huh-uh-uh, this guy is smoking..."

Number 1, don't FUCKING touch my print, you retard.

Number 2, why the fuck are you looking at that detail? Is that the only fucking thing you're interested in? You want to see people smoking in the detail? Go to the 7-11 and look at the cigarette boxes behind the counter - you can't touch them though.

Number 3, why are you there in the first place? If you're coming to a show about tsunami relief efforts and you're looking at the prints for minor, unimportant details, you're obviously in the wrong place. While I'm grateful that a detail such as a cigarette in the mouth of someone's silhouette is clear (good camera), you're obviously someone who zooms in on the wrong details; heck, you could be a school administrator. There's a career for you.


Later on, when I spotted Morons #2 and #3 doing the same to Ernest's prints and captions (captions? Yes! Captions!), it sent another shiver down the already-indignant spine. What the hell are you looking for? Bubbles between the print and the mounting board? Someone's underwear showing?


I'll say this again: it's a show about tsunami relief efforts. Get. The. Big. Picture. These prints mean a fucking hell of a lot to all of us: the photographers who shot them, the simpledigital guys who mounted them and then put them up on the wall (USING plastic gloves over their hands), in the middle of the night sometimes; the subjects who went through hell because of the disaster; and the people who actually appreciate them.

So, if you're going there to look for small details and at 'pretty' pictures, I'd suggest you fuck off and find something else to occupy your tiny little minds.

I wonder if these fuckwits would touch the prints if we'd put up the price of each of them up. And we'll put the sign up too: "You touch it, you bought it, fucker."


Now to get back to sleep...


  • At 1:09 PM, March 21, 2005, Blogger  said…

    this reminds me of my uncle's art exhibition when people were also touching his oil paintings. hell, people need an education in 'most *everything*.

  • At 7:51 PM, March 21, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    Oils? Fuck.

    Morons. These people don't need education, they need a beating. A brutal one. Then we leave their bloody pulps near the exhibitions as a warning to others.

  • At 12:08 AM, March 22, 2005, Blogger stellou said…

    uh... people would prod at the bloody pulps, too...

  • At 12:39 PM, March 23, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    Yah, woman, you're right. Then we'll have bloody fingerprints all over the prints after that...

  • At 6:53 PM, March 23, 2005, Blogger NARDAC said…

    funny how different europeans and asians can be. nobody will touch anything here, even if it's art to be touched. frankly, it's a little depressing to see people wrapped up in some awe about art. It's just a thing after all, and things never last forever.

    as for your prints, I don't think I've ever hung a show where there wasn't some sort of protection over my prints, spray or glass. you should always think about those kinds of details when hanging a show.

    another note, the biggest dealer at the FIAC, the expo where all the biggest art dealers in france get together, is this little old man who touches all his Miros, Picabias, Man Rays and, sigh, even a Matisse by hand. But of course, he's the only one.

    finally, people say the dumbest things with art. what's even worse are the art critics or collectors who blow tons of hot air all over things, over-citing their used-up art lingo. that for me is more shocking than any ordinary man off the street talking about details. After all, what do you expect ordinary people to do when they see art? talk about jouissance?

    All that said... CONGRATULATIONS on the show!!!

  • At 1:38 AM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    Nardac - Points noted, but some limitations on our parts:

    1. It's a show organised by a non-profit humanitarian relief group, so there isn't going to be a lot of frills in the show, for example, protection for the prints. Otherwise, there will be members of public who will be 'shocked and outraged' at the flagrant misuse of donations to boost the photographers' egos. As it is, a lot of the show had been kindly donated by corporate sponsors and other benefactors, and other people who worked for close-to-free.

    2. While there haven't been signs telling members of the public not to touch the prints (see note 1), the prints are also not meant for said members of the public to touch. OR to prod. As the case is. Most of the prints are large enough that they are meant to be seen from a distance.

  • At 1:39 AM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    Nardac - And THANKS!

    A lot of hard work. But worth every minute of it.


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