Thursday, December 08, 2005

Tears Of Nice

A gallery owner in Williamsburg looked at my work and told me that, while he'd love to purchase a piece for himself, my work is not, "edgy" enough to hang in the gallery. (Drip, drip.)

I told him I'd huff my solvents then since I don't know where to begin with heroin and try to locate my inner porn.

At that point he invited me to hang something in the gallery.

And that's what's all over. Porn, porn, porn. I'm getting sick of seeing weird couplings that are meant to shock me. (Drip, sniff.)

Dear Williamsburg, I am not shocked.

Later, I met up with and foolishly asked one of the parents at PS 107 if he thought I was prim. This was obviously the invitation he'd been waiting for (sniff, drip) because as we walked toward the school, he gathered more energy than I've ever seen on him and lit into me.
"You're the %^&*(% happiest person I know. You'll never shake that guilty, nicey Girl From Utah thing no matter how cool you dress. Go ahead and keep dressing weird but you'll always be that poor little girl who feels guilty for not having 17 kids.
"And you just can't let yourself hang out with a straight married man, blabbity, blabbity, always so nice to everyone, blab, eff that crossing guard, you don't have to do what she says! See?!!!! Blab."


So when I got home I just cried into the brownie batter that I was preparing for a bunch of kids who are over watching the Lice Episode of Arthur.
Not to get all Isabelle Allende, but those nice brownies just might break some Brooklyn hearts.



Blogger Adriana Velez said...

Do you mean Laura Esquivel?

9:12 PM  
Anonymous fatty said...

"edgy" is just a euphemism for crass, selfish, and mean. it's not something to work toward. i know this sounds obvious, but don't give up one of your best traits -- your niceness -- in order to be a local. what the world / NY does not need is more mean people.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Tim D said...

I know it doesnt quite gel with my words from yesterday, but I like nice. Nice makes people feel better. Nice makes people happy to be with you.

Nice is nice.

Tim D

5:13 AM  
Blogger newbrooklyner said...

Ok, adriana.

fatty, you are wrong. NY needs one more mean lady and I'm your man.
Unless it makes you feel bad.

tim d, you're a nice gobshite.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

my brother played piano in a nice little gallery on martha's vineyard over the summer. i was amazed at how much craptastic work there was hanging on the wall. those were the 'edgy' ones, the gallery owner's little pet paintings that he felt 'defined' his gallery. the few that embodied beauty, and took real talent to create were just there to fill the empty spaces between the tragically hip trash.

i'm with fatty, edgy sucks. don't be edgy.

means sucks equally.

11:20 AM  
Blogger ZinniaSoCA said...

Have the art viewers become so effing lazy that you have to shove porn in their face to get them to see something in a painting? My gawd! The gallery guy (and every other gallery guy like him) is at fault because they are the ones controlling what is seen as "edgy" and "hip."

You keep on doing what you do and being who you are and I know you will be successful. If I had a million dollars and could buy anything I wanted, I would buy your paintings because they are worth something. That porno trash isn't going to stand the test of time. It's ike that weird, boring stuff from the fifties... The Emperor's New Clothes.

Your paintings are solid art. Your paintings are great art. Your paintings have a strangeness and a mystery all their own and there isn't one bit of in-your-face porno that will ever be able to stand up to them and win. Those artists are lazy communal jerkoffs and the gallery guys are a community of voyeurs.

Give me an umbrella and send me to Williamsburg... I'll show him edgy!

And omigawd, don't I understand how it feels to be pushed aside for CRAP!

WHEW! I guess this really pushed my buttons!



2:28 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

sorry for the drippy day. you know how much we love your paintings. our house is pretty much decorated around your work. lucky us.

you are an amazing artist. don't let those jerks get you down. or maybe this means you should move here to seattle? don't know if the galleries here are any less stupid, but hey, we're here. what more could you want? come on, please!


p.s. if your package comes, just open it. presents always make you feel better. unless the presents, hope not.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous KeepYerBag said...

Amen to Zinniasoca.

This planet is so awash in porno you'd think the art world would consider it passe. I guess not.

You may not be edgy but you have a style all your own and it is beautiful.

Keep bucking the trend--it will pay off. Unlike the pornographers who will surely fade into well deserved oblivion, you have a shot at immortality.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous BIG Mike said...

Don't be a slave to the herd. Do your own thing. Confirmists have too much competition from others wanting to conform.

You have grace and style. And there's a certain stylishness to having your own style.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Gillian said...

You're not _nice_. You're mean mean mean, I can tell. Those people who've met you in real life may think they know you, but I, a faithful blog reader who would not recognize you in person, know that "niceness" is just some exterior nonsense, hiding a tough, mean-ass interior. Sell _me_ some art - I can't afford it, but I know its worth. And don't let nobody tell you you're _nice_ without a punch inna nose.

12:09 AM  

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