MY SALES METHODS
27 October 2017, Pepino
I know nothing about sales methods but sometimes I’m good in the art of selling my art. This week I conducted a successfull three day social selling process with an art collector who came to visit my studio and stayed in our house. It can be hard if you are selling some uninteresting bullshit but easy when both parts have the same passion - my art. It’s gratifying for an egomaniac artist to spend time with his collectors, they are eager to know everything about you and listen to all your anecdotes. I think that for many collectors the essential substance is becoming a part of the artist’s story, the actual sale is just a key to his world and entourage.
We made an excursion to Cáceres and visited one of my favorite art museusm, Museo Vostell Malpartida, and Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear. To our surprise we found in Cáceres an interesting high quality commercial gallery, Kernel, that showcases strictly abstract art. However, the way to a collector’s heart is through his stomach. Good Spanish food and wine are even more important than art theory in my business.
BESTIARUM VOCABULUM OF MICKEY AND PORKY
12 October 2017, Pepino
I’ve been painting Dumbo, Sponge Bob, Pluto and Porky. These anthropomorphic creatures have very little to do with the wild life - they are more like fursuiter humans. However, I’d like to call myself animalier, which refers to an artist, who specializes in the portrayal of animals.
I’m not a fabulist giving moral lessons - what I’m creating is a contemporary turborealist beastiary. Do androids dream of electric sheep? No idea but the humans prefer the simulacrum of Disneyland animal replicas. There’s more technicolor in Mickey Mouse than in the real rats living in waste containers. Porky doesn’t exist in the same dimension with the ham in my sandwich.
Bestiary is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals. The books were more about the symbolic language than natural history. Also Leonardo da Vinci made his own bestiarum vocabulum.
Animal painters came lower down in the hierarchy of genres, only still life was less prestigious subject matter. Painting living creatures was more estimable than representing dead things without movement. Dumbo is neither living nor dead, he’s animated, not an animated corpse like a vodou zombie but like a golem created from inanimate matter. Golem, in Jewish folklore, is a mutable metaphor with unlimited symbolism. My paintings are golems - not made of mud and clay but synthetic acrylic and enamel paints - and I'm the rabbi controlling them.