There was once a conjurer who boasted that he had become god-like. One god happened to overhear, and challenged him to a contest.
“Can you do this?” the god asked, scooping up a handful of dirt and making it into a bird. They watched the bird fly away.
“Sure,” said the conjure-man, and reached down for a handful of raw material.
“Hey,” said god. “Use your own dirt.”
[found: Making Light: “Fanfic”: force of nature]
“Cultural content has importance to society above and beyond its ability to generate a profit.”
~ Bjørn Erik Thon, Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman
These are some of the guidelines the Budget Gallery operates under:
We use underutilized public spaces for our exhibitions.
If work doesn’t sell at the opening, it stays, in public, unguarded, for at least 1 week.
After the opening the unguarded work is sold on the honor system.
All art work in our shows will be sold, stolen*, or vandalized** and we can not pre-determine the outcome.
Our commission is arbitrary, optional, and determined by the artist.
*Having a work stolen is the highest honor of the Budget Gallery because it means someone wanted the work so badly they were willing to abandon personal and societal mores to acquire your piece of art. In our eyes, this may be considered a more valuable compliment to you than a simple monetary transaction.
**We suggest you consider vandalism a form a collaboration.
[source: The Budget Gallery » the rules
“I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.”
~ William Morris
“I’ve always thought that design can be a form of social activism.”
~ Don Meeker, an environmental graphic designer
[source: The Road to Clarity – New York Times
“I like David Blaine. It would be a very boring world if someone isn’t allowed to do something stupid every once in a while.”
~ Professor Jeremy Powell-Tuck
[source: a NYTimes article about one of DB’s stunts]
“Ugly when compared to pre-existing notions of taste is a bummer. But ugly as a representation of mass experimentation and learning is pretty damn cool.”
~ Ze Frank
[source | transcript]