Monday, April 9, 2012

Broke & Peanut

So.....I was on my way to the afternoon tea last week when I came across what I thought was an interesting new shop!  It was dark inside so I put my face to the window and peered inside. It looked a bit bare but there were two smiling girls inside who waved at me to come in!
Well,....... it was an art installation masquarading as a shop! One of the great things about living in a city with a renowned art college you never know what you might stumble across. This "shop" was all about the broke life of an artist. They were selling the lifestyle of an artist for peanuts.
I can't say that I understood it all but it was fun to have a poke about and look at everything.
This is the jar of peanuts around which the exhibit revolves.
How to make your own candle holders. Living the creative life on the cheap, fueled by booze and coffee and late nights.
There were some  notebooks full of cute illustrations
Here are the artist signatures available for peanuts on shards of broken glass. I love  events and places like this. Makes one think. I don't always get it but I find it interesting!
The installation is on until April 14th at 1660 Granville street, 10:30 until 5:30, closed on Wednesday. Here are the two creators, both in their 3rd year at NSCAD. Marielle Dalpe and Barbara Scheed.

6 comments:

leendadll said...

I don't completely get it either but I would have come back with peanuts and bargained for signatures - just because.

Susan said...

that last portrait of the girls is stunning ! xo S & Gang

Daina Deblette Scarola said...

This is fascinating!! I wish I could read what the posters say, "What society thinks I do, what I think I do, what I really do...". I love this. I was just contemplating yesterday how much time I spend working as an artist/entrepreneur and how I could possibly have so much that always needs to get done. Then as life would have it, every weekend I get the dreaded question, "how long does it take you to make this?", as if they are trying to calculate how much I make an hour. If someone told me how many years and hours/day I would need to work until I could clear enough to live off in a year I never would have believed it. It's more time than a doctor's education and training. So yes, I get it. Our craft, our signatures, are worth peanuts in the end. But at least many of us artists are helping to make the world a better place doing what we love to do...

Anonymous said...

I think that's great that while saying you didn't get all of it it, you still appreciated it so well and in-depth that we got to see what it was. and I think it must've been a really good show.

Emily said...

Your shots are amazing - you really capture the exhibit and artists. Compelling - I think I'll go!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Your photos are SO cool and that art exhibition looks like a lot of fun. I admire your life, the fearless way you're not afraid to "pop in" and experience new things. Go Shelagh!