Seth Godin says, “All artists are entrepreneurs. All entrepreneurs are artists.” With the advent of new technology startups like Kickstarter, Eventbrite and Artsicle, Godin’s vision is getting elevated to the next level enabling artists to take their career into their own hands.
For centuries, artists have relied on individuals and institutions to patronize their work. To put together a solo show, artists would have to have gallery representation, which required a lot of luck and connections. Or, if they had money, the artist could pay a mediocre gallery to show their work, a luxury that very few artists could afford.
Now, new technologies are disrupting the art world in ways that were never imagined, allowing artists to fund, promote and create their own shows.
Erick Sanchez, a visual artist living in New York City, is a great example of an artist who has embraced new technologies to take his career to the next level. “I had excellent representation in New York City at the William Bennett Gallery in Soho,” says Sanchez. “When they shut down, I no longer had a place to show my work. I got frustrated trying to connect with other galleries and finally, I decided to take my career in my own hands.”
Erick had a vision. “My new series of work depicts the drama and hope of the Genesis chapter of the bible using my signature highly textured large scale paintings and installations. I had a very ambitious project on my mind, but limited resources on hand.”
He was determined to be the creator of his own destiny. Erick reached out to his network and found a unique free space for a solo show — a church in Times Square. Getting the free space was good, but he still needed money for art supplies, invitations and programs. So he turned to Kickstarter, a new startup that lets individuals leverage social networks to fund projects. To create his Kickstarter campaign, Erick had to make a video explaining the project, so he taught himself how to use Sony Vegas video editing software. After he created the Kickstarter page; http://www.kickstarter.com/
Erick was able to successfully fund his Kickstarter project and raise $3,800 — enough to fund the out of pocket costs for his solo show.
Erick then created his printed invitations on InDesign (which he taught himself using Youtube) and digital invitations on Eventbrite; http://www.eventbrite.com/
All of this effort is culminating with a show called Genesis: Creation and Decadence on November 1st at 7pm at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square; http://ericksanchez.net/2012/
Erick is a pioneer in the artists’ community, but he’s not the only one disrupting the old-school industry. And in the future, we will see more artists, who are feeling frustrated and limited, embrace their own fate by making their art careers in the cloud. This is the genesis of a new art world.
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