Re: International Sculpture Center
Oh E. – you crack me up.
I am happy to be a point person for a sculpture.net show although I would think Russ would have to sign off on it if we wanted to use the forum to organize and advertise the project. I was a gallery director for a few years before I took up teaching and I still enjoy that sort of thing.
Off the top of my head I would think crafting the exhibition around a common theme might be a good start. For example, I once participated in and mounted a mid-Atlantic show called Mircomonumental. Each works (up to three per artist) had to respond to the notion of “monumentality” but also had to fit in a large matchbox. It traveled for a while and usually got a good response. Shoebox shows/projects are also popular. I don’t think we need to be as restrictive, but any show we craft as a community might be best served with this idea of a common theme.
Also, I think managing expectations at the outset is important. This show would primarily be about making an aspect of this sculpture community tangible – and for fun. I would not think of this as an opportunity for sales – although I imagine any object list for the show would have contact info for each artist. Showing together is also likely to cost each artist a few bucks. I know participation fees is a often debated topic, but the reality of mounting and advertising a show would like require at least some contribution to show (if even to cover one's own shipping costs).
I don’t think it needs to be “juried” as much as simply organized.
The BIG Questions include:
Who is interested in something like this? Is there a critical mass that is needed to honestly represent the forum community.
What theme embodies the spirit of the community here?