I decided to submit one of my Inkscape portraits for this year's annual Postcards From the Edge art show. I remember when I first started submitting for those shows; it wasn't such a big deal back then. You could go without getting overwhelmed by a crowd and go late enough in the day that you could still see plenty of unsold postcards. Nowadays, it's swelled into something huge and there are actually stampedes to get into the event when it opens. This is probably because word got out that you can end up buying a postcard from a famous artist for only $85. The postcards are displayed anonymously, so you never know who you end up with until you purchase it. What's cool about it is that someone who is just starting art gets to display their artwork alongside someone who is world famous but both of their works sell for the exact same price. Given how elitist the art market can be, I can't entirely blame people for bumrushing the galleries. It's also a win-win for Visual Aids because the sale proceeds from the show help support AIDS awareness and outreach programs.
I usually submit something every year but I stopped going to the shows because they got to be so crowded, and I really hate crowds. That’s one thing I don't like about art openings in New York; they get to be so crowded because everyone wants to see and be seen that you really can’t even get a good look at the work. They have a preview party for participating artists but I wasn’t able to make it last night because of another event I had to go to. But since I decided to be better at getting out and going to more art events this year, I promised myself that I would suck it up and brave the crowds. I almost changed my mind when I saw on the Visual Aids’ Instagram feed that the line was down the street just before the doors opened but my resolve strengthened when I promised myself to eat first before going. Afterall, no one likes a hungry homicidal maniac during an art opening.
By the time I did make it down there at around 1:30, I was shocked to see that the crowds were gone. It was almost like people had stormed the gallery, grabbed the art they wanted and then ran out. There was still a lot of work up for sell but a lot of pieces, including mine, were gone. I was somewhat bummed that I didn’t get a chance to see my work up on the wall but I was happy to know that someone connected with it enough to take it home with them. I was always wonder about the buyer when this happens; who are they, what do they do, what did they seem in my work that made them want to take it home with them?
At any rate, it was great to stick around take in the works that were still there in a calmer atmosphere. There were a lot of great postcards still around, including some pretty impressive 3-D works that looked like a lot of thought and effort were put into them. I’m sharing a few that I really liked and I wish that I could tell you who made them, but you know…it’s all anonymous.
If you're an artist interested in participating in next year's show, you can find out more information about it by going to their webpage.