Review of ART SHOW INTERNATIONAL GALLERY
Artists advertise their work to the public in a variety of ways. And through the Juried Competition, we also find new opportunities. I am also using this opportunity to promote my work. In some cases, it has become a profitable opportunity for me. In fact, some would argue that artists don't even need these opportunities. The argument is that true artists would rather pay to participate in competitions, win prizes, or give up being known through competitions, and use that money to buy more paint or create their own promotional pamphlets.
I also think that some of these claims are right and some are wrong. First of all, with this kind of logic, all forms of competitions such as ballet, music, and audition are worthless. However, artists certainly use these opportunities to develop themselves and to look at their level. And also advertise your own work. But you have to look at how commercially these opportunities turn out to be.
In other words, it is a story that you should not be a victim of the commercial of the competition organizer. More than anything, if you have more than you can afford or are out of your budget, you should reconsider how helpful the competition is to your career.
And in some cases, even official-looking competitions often have the nature of scams. For example, the judge system or committee are nonexistent(even though they announce that it is an juried competition), an it turned out that it was an equal opportunity for all participants, and after inducing participation in the competition, For example, publishing a book or encouraging them to participate in an exhibition may motivate them to spend more.
So, blinded by these opportunities, you can rush forward without thinking about your budget. In fact, it is very rare for works to be sold through such competitions. But in my case, I think it's an opportunity when it's officially known, so I apply.
I recently participated in an online gallery Juried Competition. It was a contest for a solo online exhibition. I paid $35 and applied because I thought it would be an opportunity to expose my work online if I was accepted here.
And I received an email saying that my work has been selected for a solo exhibition along with a congratulatory message. And because there was a detailed explanation of why it was selected and what aspects were attractive, I think about that part positively. It's because there are more competitions that can't even receive this kind of message depending on the case.
However, the email I received below indicated an additional fee for a solo exhibition. I had to pay a sum of about $350 for my solo exhibition. But I couldn't tell the difference between displaying my work in this gallery and displaying my work on my site myself. This is because even if I upload my work on an official and famous site, the inflow through that place is lower than expected. Rather, the frequency of viewing my work through my site was higher.
I sent an e-mail with a question about that part. But I am still not getting an answer. Also, some time later, another employee of the gallery sent me an e-mail encouraging me to participate in a solo. I had to let her know I was already chosen for the solo show. In my opinion, it seems that there is probably not good communication even inside. Anyway, after that, I received a message from her apologizing. Through this, I felt relieved that it was not a scam. And I lost interest in this competition and gave up my expectations for a solo exhibition.
If this solo exhibition is a purely solo exhibition based on the quality of the work, I think there should be no additional cost. Does offering an extra fee mean that I have to compete to pay this fee? This is the part I still don't understand. It might be better to pay the amount and play solo before the competition.
It goes without saying that over time and as you build up your work and your domain, a clear philosophy emerges for this kind of competition. Therefore, I think it is more profitable to build and strengthen my site more diligently and immerse myself in the work more.
Of course, to conclude, I'm not saying the above gallery is wrong. As suggested above, I was relieved that this gallery was not a scam. And if I have a wish, I hope that there will be more platforms that support artists' creative activities with minimal payment. And for this, I think there is a need for artists to actively utilize and promote their blogs or sites.
Myungja Anna Koh