Politely being rude to financial big wigs since 1991
The Bruxist Collective's take on Art and (as Alfred Jarry might put it) P'finance.
A numerically dyslexic artist (and reluctant consumer) shares his dearth of financial wisdom and resulting frustrations with his Bank Manager. Read personal letters from the elusive Art to his even more elusive Bank Manager. See a comic rendition of a Day In The Life Of The Bouncy Banker. Art struggles to make sense of the senseless as the Authorities of Finance wobble but never quite fall down. Full of hot air they float above it all! When they bounce it is with impunity! Why are there no Remorseful Bankers? Can Art and Finance ever coexist? Do you have a Blue Chip on your shoulder? When bankers get together they talk about Art. When artists get together they talk about money. Oscar Wilde
We sure are! With declines in private and public sources of contributed support, arts groups around New Jersey (and around the nation) are feeling it in one way or another, and probably in more than one way! There are two things you can do right now to make yourself feel better--at least temporarily. One--It is imperative that we track and document what is being lost as a result of funding cutbacks. Send us a quick email or give us a phone call and vent. Please don't yell at us, just vent! This information will be extremely helpful as the ongoing advocacy strategy evolves. email is email@example.com Two--The collaboration of arts service groups that brought last fall's NJ Arts at a Crossroads conference is thinking about how to best help arts organizations--their staff, trustees and artists, too. We have a quick online survey that lists a variety of topics to cover and we'd like to know what is most important to you. Please click on this link to take the survey by August 7. cli.gs/G8QsgV Thanks in advance for your input--hang in there and be sure to keep in touch! ArtPride NJ
Hello ArtPride, New Jersey! Yes I am feeling the pinch and always have the feeling that my family is one job loss away from foreclosure. That said can I complain? Though we carry heavy debt I work a part time job with decent health benefits. This gives us some security and me some time to work on the artwork, which I do when I am not repairing a house that, as it falls in value, also falls apart about us. My wife works in the field of art moving, specifically the moving and rigging of monumental sculpture. She sees cutbacks in her industry as art handlers in the galleries are laid off, galleries close, fewer galleries set up booths in the big art fairs etc etc. She sees the containers piling up in Newark.
In our township we have an annual studio tour. This year the number of participants nearly doubled and consequently the number of visitors did to though they didn't seem to be spending as much. I feel fortunate to be in a community that supports the arts but even that support is eroding. Our local gallery, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, almost lost its director, Judy Wukitsch, as a result of village cost cutting. Only the relentless work of some local art warriors stood in the way of her job being cut completely.
On a personal level I have been confronting the financial crisis we are all dealing with by making art about it. I have created a blog called the Bouncy Banker (http://thebouncybanker.blogspot.com) in which artists take on the financial meltdown, with humor, ire and whining all in equal measure. At the blog's heart lie a series of Letters To The Bouncy Banker, fictional satirical letters from a beleagered artist to his local bank manager. In March I shared a show with Rick Parker, The Depression Show, at the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center (The Depression Show), which featured a cardboard Self Portrait as Bad Asset, a framed letter FROM the Bank, along with Hobo Art, Shrunken Studios, an online comic, and a post financial apocalyptic narrative.
I couldn't stand financial anxiety causing creative paralysis so this was how I responded: by rolling it into my artwork.
All the best in your researches.
http:thebouncybanker.blogspot.com (Letters to The Bouncy Banker)
For Depression Art, letters to the bank manager, and an artist's current obsession with the World Financial Maelstrom click on The Art of the Bouncy Banker. For experimental short stories, picture writings, comics, Art encounters and commentary, paintings, drawings and sculptures in cardboard, foamcore, hotglue, staples and newspaper go to the Bruxist Manifesto. Also painting with found hardware store paint of dubious origin and toxicity, burning lines into wood, and etching in virtual stone my current, usually oblique thoughts on the state of the planet. For even more comics and a brazenly defeatist view of this planet go to THE WORLD IN DISARRAY.
THE BRUXIST COLLECTIVE POSTS DRAWINGS AND WRITINGS AT RANDOM, OLD AND NEW, PICTOGRAPHIC, WRITERLY, ILLUSTRATIVE, GRAPHIC AND ILLEGIBLE ALONG WITH CHAPTERS TO UNWRITTEN BOOKS, ILLUSTRATIONS TO UNWRITTEN ARTICLES, AND UNSOLICITED REPORTS FROM THE FRONT LINE. CLICK ON ALL IMAGES TO ENLARGE.
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Dig Deep 11 x 17 inch Poster
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ART FOR BARTER
In my ongoing efforts to work around our flawed economic system I hereby begin offering my own ORIGINAL ART in exchange for various goods and/or services.
I also offer PRODUCT EDITIONS. These are priced but also available for barter. Be aware that I am making this up as I go wary as I am of entering the world of "monetized blogs". Art for Art/Art for Things/Art for Services/
CURRENT ART FOR BARTER: Unemployed Angel-acrylic on paper-11"x 14"
Current Wants: recycled wood panels, Art (always), working turntable (with amps), car , wagon, carpentry work, airmiles-enough for me to take the family to England.
Podcasts/Books/Movies/People I mean to listen to/read when I have the time.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine: Michael Lewis
Book-13 Bankers by Simon Johnson and James Kwak
Bill Maher (now available as a podcast)
Bill Moyers Journal (now available as a podcast)
An Entertaining Look at a Disintegrating World
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