PSFK Conference SF Recap: New Art
– Jen Bekman’s gallery has had an interactive aspect from the start (one of the few that had a web site that updated regularly)
– She went online to find artists for her gallery
– Eventually overwhelmed with artist submissions, she started an online competition to control the inflow of submissions
– Hey, Hot Shot! is a photo competition that gives young photographers guidance and sometimes their first break.
– She attracted a lot of emerging buyers as well, though it was hard to make sale. They wouldn’t make the move to buy. So Jen found a way to make the art so inexpensive that they couldn’t say no. She got them to understand the joy of owning art. 20×200 was the gateway drug to owning art.
– Didn’t want to cannibalize the gallery with the 20×200 business and wanted to be the dealer of choice for the emerging buyers.
– 20×200 has shipped over 15,000 prints all over the world. Artists are getting better paid than ever.
– The low point of access is making people/buyers more articulate about art
– Editions on 20×200 are now selling out before Jen can notify her mailing list.
– Technology does not only enable distribution, but it also enables production through digital reproduction.
– Emerging artists more able to make money from their work.
– 20×200 lets Jen try something new twice a week, meaning less risk than a gallery show. It lets Jen set up a trial period to see how the artist will fare, gauge the potential for popularity and a gallery show.