Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Blogger Show's Pittsburgh venues open their doors today, and ZSAP takes off!


Zero Sum #9


A couple of hours ago the doors opened for The Blogger Show's Pittsburgh venues, at Digging Pitt gallery, Digging Pitt Too, and the Panza Gallery. These three shows will be up until January 12. The opening receptions for the Digging Pitt and Digging Pitt Too shows will be on Saturday, December 8, from 6-9 pm, and the opening reception for the Panza Gallery will be on Saturday, December 15, from 6-9 pm.

And, I just gotta say that all of the Blogger Show artists owe a huge Thank You to Susan Constanse, who has done the lion's share of work installing the Pittsburgh shows, and has done a fantastic job. Thank You, Susan!


My contribution to the show will be a frenzied rotation of works from the Zero Sum Art Project. The first six pieces are up on the walls now. Each day that the gallery is open during the exhibition, a new auction will begin from the Zero Sum Art Project. These auctions will run for a week. So, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from here until January 12, you will find a new piece from the Zero Sum Art Project being auctioned off on eBay. Every week I will take out the sold pieces from the exhibition, and replace them with the next artworks on the auction block. It will be a different show every week. Visitors to the gallery will see a small slice of the project, but they will see it in "the flesh". Online viewers will see the work through the pixellated haze of the computer monitor, but they will be able to see all of the work in the project in one place. So it's an odd blend of "virtual" and "real" worlds.

The first piece, that will start its auction at 10 pm tonight, will be Zero Sum #9. You can find the Zero Sum auctions, once they start tonight, here.

2 comments:

bellebyrd said...

Whilst it is pleasing to see the blog presented as an art form, it is disappointing to discover that its global nature is being overlooked in this exhibition

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Marc Snyder said...

Hi bellebyrd,

I can't speak for the curator, John Morris of Digging PItt, but I'm pretty certain that this show wasn't meant to be the definitive statement on the state of the blogosphere, but a demonstration of the fact that there are a growing number of artists who use blogs as a way to extend their studio practice, and an exploration of what that might mean when presenting their artwork. I'm fairly certain that financial constraints were in play when it came to including artists outside of the U.S. I do feel that the show succeeds in showing a diverse range of types of blogs and types of artists. . .

While the internet extends the exhibition to the entire world, in terms of interacting with the artists and seeing at least pixellated versions of their work, the same old constraints and costs apply to the four exhibition spaces that exist in the "real world" as with any other show.

Maybe if the show were to happen again, it might be titled "A Blogger Show". . .

What would be magnificent would be "The Blogger Show" with a central web presence, and exhibition spaces on multiple continents, all coordinating exhibitions of artist-bloggers within their geographical region. Well beyond the scope of "The Blogger Show" in its present incarnation, but certainly a wonderful project for someone to take up. Something for the Blogger Biennial. . .