Hopefully without betraying any confidential stuff (the facts have been altered a tad) I thought I would present a dilemma that has been presented to me. An out of market client came in recently, a nice person with nice eyes, well meaning and with a job to do and suggested I submit some work for review for a local public art project. So I did. This client had said that there might be one or two large, very loosely painted pieces in the range of 6’x7′ or maybe a 10’x5′ ish and there was a fixed budget of $6500. I said okay, I can do large works on the cheap because I’m an art whore and I don’t care that much as long as the bottom line is good. I didn’t say the last part, just the first.
My work was approved. Yay. Money. And then I get a contract. It’s a work for hire contract which means I sign over all rights to the art, stating that they can reproduce the art in whatever way they like, I’m assuming that they can also sell it if they want and I have to sign the reproductions and I get nada. Also here’s a list of what they want me to create.
one painting measuring about 11’x 5′ (yes, that’s feet)
and one donation piece.
It was noted in one conversation that there would be some good exposure though. WTF? I have had the term exposure dangled in front of me so many times in my career I should get therapy for it.
At first it was the donation piece that got me. Seriously aren’t they already asking for donations here? I wrote back and said as nicely as I could that I’d do some but not all of what they asked. Money is good but dignity is better. We’ll see what happens.
And the update is….. they agreed to reduce the number and size of the paintings. So all good. Plus I’m getting some pretty good visibility in terms of location. Exposure is worth nothing on a one time basis but over and over again, it starts to add up. I’ve had a fair amount of exposure in this town already but this will be a new market segment. Plus there’s the promise of some additional work. Also another factor here is no gallery. That is it still may not be fabulous money but I don’t have to split it with a rep or a gallery.
Here’s the study I did for the 70×70 quadtych, when i get a shot of the final, I’ll post it. They wanted this to be loose and a bit abstracted and painterly.