Matt Scobey's Not for Sale: Denver: Art in the most unusual places
What is public art, and who gets to display it? How does that work? And why? Those are the initial questions that Denver artist Matt Scobey is asking with his Not for Sale: Denver project, for which he'll be randomly hanging artwork in nondescript locations around town -- artwork that anyone can find and take. But this is more than just another exercise in guerrilla art. It's also an experiment, through which Scobey will explore the power of social media as it applies to struggling artists in particular.
"By putting my pieces in public places, I hope to get people to go places they wouldn't normally go, and at the same time explore social media and what it means as an easier way to tell people about where to find your work," he explains. In that spirit, he'll be sending out announcements via Twitter and Facebook for friends and select bloggers to pass on to their friends and readers. The outcome of that process, he hopes, will answer some questions he has personally about how the art world works.
There's also a third tier to his project: thinking about the pricing of artwork. Scobey recalls a show he participated in at the Emmanuel Gallery, where he encouraged gallerygoers to simply take the art. But it turned out that they were too conditioned to the gallery experience to do so. "Maybe this way, people will be less resistant to the idea that, 'Hey, I want you to take this, and it's free, and I made it for you.'