On Collecting

I have never been much of a hoarder...

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Until I started collecting antiques and and artworks. My grandfather (who has collected antique Japanese works, records, Hells Angels art and Fillmore posters since the 50s) and mother (who in her life, collected French oil paintings, antiques and rare books) instilled an undying love for old things and one of a kind things, including artwork.

It is easy for myself as an artist to view the value of artworks as intrinsically valuable and perhaps not as importantly monetarily valuable.

Jan Corey, owner of Corey Helford Gallery sent along an email a few months ago as part of their Art Buying Series articles. I figured I would pass along some of their great tips for collecting and add a few of my own:

As an art collector for the last twenty years, I've accumulated some knowledge that, as an art gallery owner, I'm sure very few other galleries are providing.  It's an insider's guide on what to buy and how to buy.  I'll be providing tips once a month in a special evite that should help you buy art in the smartest possible way.  One of the few things you may not know about CHG is that I didn't start the gallery to make a living.  I started the art gallery because there were artists that I loved and I felt weren't being properly exposed or presented in a way that was equal to their talent.  I can name them (I don't think they'll mind):

Natalia Fabia, Joshua Petker, Brandi Milne, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Korin Faught, Buff Monster, David Stoupakis, Andrew Brandou, Van Arno and photographer Chris Anthony.

They were the reason we opened the gallery and the reason we built a new type of gallery that exalted the artist.  No book sections or toys, just exhibitions with an enhanced environment for each show that created an atmosphere that let the collectors know how important we felt these artists were.  As we grew, we added SHAG, Luke Chueh,  Kukula, LOLA, D*Face, Eine, Hush, Kazuki Takamatsu and many more to the CHG roster.  

But the most important factor in choosing these artists is that we believed in them and believed they were major talents who, in years to come, would represent the New Contemporary Movement (earlier known as everything from Pop Surrealism, to Alternative, to Underground, to any name that suggested a movement outside the traditional contemporary art scene).  And sure enough, these artists are now recognizable worldwide as names signifying the most exciting art coming out of the U.S. 

So the first tip?  BUY WHAT YOU LOVE, BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE ART TO HOLD IT'S VALUE, WATCH FOR THE ARTIST'S VALUE GROWTH OVER THE YEARS.  It's simple.  Each artist should be able to successfully maintain a 10 to 25% growth from yearly exhibition to yearly exhibition. This increase represents the demand for the artist and shows you that other collectors value the artist as well.  An artist's work should never decrease in value unless the artist radically changes the size, complexity or style of his or her work. Even within a new body of work, the artist will determine the price of a piece by the amount of time and complexity it took to create a work.  Or a particular style that is in high demand.  Luke Chueh's bears, or Sylvia Ji's Day of the Dead paintings are good examples.  Just like a Rembrandt portrait or a Warhol pop celeb piece, there are styles within an artist's repertoire that are in higher demand.

Next tip?  DON'T LET WORKS YOU LOVE GET AWAY.  If you are collecting, you should get the works that you want.  If you're collecting on a budget, most galleries have an installment plan, where you can pay monthly for a piece you love so it ends up in your collection.  Since CHG has always been about getting art to everyone, we have a very liberal installment policy.  If you find a piece that you love, speak for it.  Very few collectors have deep pockets.  Many of the pieces you've admired were purchased on time payments.  Its been that way since galleries first began.

 

A few tips that I'll add and impress upon:

One. Buy what you fall in love with. There have been plenty of pieces that I have fallen in love with and spent too long thinking about only to find them sold after I found myself ready to buy them,

Two. Know you budget but remember payment plans. Galleries and artists alike want pieces to go to good homes and money really shouldn't stop that from happening. Always check with galleries and artists to see if they have payment plans in place to acquire works. I myself offer payment plans and have been offered such plans from many galleries when inquiring about other artist's works.

Three. Be reckless and enjoy. I don't recommend you follow this one but it is how I collect. Art is invaluable. It can fuel you, move you, inspire you and express you. I buy what I like even if it means forgoing pointless purchases (a case of coconut water or a thousand dollar Cornish Rex brother for Luna...)

Suggested artists:

Dan Quintana, Ferris Plock, Brandi Milnie, Lola, Kelly Tunstall, R. Blackthorn, Camille Rose Garcia, Korin Faught, Henry Lewis, Michael Hussar, Henrik A Uldalen, Kevin Llewellyn, A. Sommers., Jeremy Hush and Caitlin T. McCormack.

 

"Eve: Tell me now about entanglement. Einstein's spooky action at a distance. Is it related to quantum theory?
Adam: Hm. No i mean, it's not an Theory it's proven
Eve: How it's go again?
Adam:When you separate an entwined particle and you move both parts away from the other,even at opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected.
Eve: Spooky. Even at opposite ends of the universe?
Adam: Yeah."

Currently Watching: "Only Lovers Left Alive" for the umpteenth time & "Peaky Blinders"
Currently Reading: NO by Boyd Rice & Wolf Hall by Mary Mantel & Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan
Currently Listening To: Rain and my thoughts of ghosts filling rooms

 

-Fernbeds

Mansions of the Moon

'And in these twenty eight Mansions do lie hid many secrets of the wisdom of the ancients, by the which they wrought wonders on all things which are under the circle of the Moon; and they attributed to every Mansion his resemblances, images, and seals, and his president intelligences, and worked by the virtue of them after different manners.'

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This piece took a couple months from start to finish. It is not overly large nor is there a whole lot going on in the image itself but it was a piece I could have just kept adding little things to in every tiny corner. 'Mansions of the Moon' is 15 x 23 and currently available. To purchase, email me at contact@nicominixturner.com

-Fernbeds

Abraxas & Approaching Waves of Being

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for." Jack London

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Bear with me for a few weeks of repose.

I used to almost hibernate as a teen; beckon away to the tides of fall and sit in wait for Fall to cool my mind and bones. In recent years, I have fallen for figures from the likes of Hemingway, Didion, Ellis, Faulkner, Whitman, Keats, Crosby, London and Bronte. A lot of my literary romance has been placed on perceptions of the connection to the depths of Fall, Frost & Fog

What do you do to recharge and find yourself whole again? I'll be swiftly set on my way to another timezone in a day, this always seems to give pulse. :)

"I'll be the victim!' -Amanda

"All your life" - Wednesday

Currently Reading: The Art of War in the Western World - Archer Jones
Currently Listening: The Devil's Trill - Andrew Manze**

**The story behind "Devil's Trill" begins with Tartini's alleged dream. He recounted to astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed the Devil came to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lesson Tartini passed the Devil his violin in test of his skill; the Devil immediately began to play with great intensity and Tartini was strongly taken aback. He awoke from the dream and in fever, desperately tried to recreate the works heard in his state of sleep.

-Fernbeds

A Season in Hell

'No mind can engender till divided into two' -W.B. Yeats

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I've be spending time on 'ending' and 'starting'. A friend of mine is wrapping up paintings for a show coming up at the end of the month and we laughed for a minute in her turmoil of ending and my fevers of starting in. Both are a interesting parts of the process in both art & life... both sometimes make you want to lock yourself up in a room until its all over (kind of sometimes kidding...).

I felt like I actually got to enjoy a weekend. Good company (seeing my grandfather laugh), good food (probably ate too much pumpkin pie for someone my size), good weather (don't talk to me about seasons) and some serious reflection (let go).

Bear with me while I just turn the music up louder and keep my head down.

"I saw the sun set low on you...In a blood-red suns final rays...With after night solo shadow plays...Into the world we started to run...Like bullets from a gun...With passion and desire...Like two burning balls of fire...And there is surely nothing else...The gods have gotta keep on...laughing"

-Fernbeds

Currently Reading: Une Saison en Enfer - Arthur Rimbaud
Currently Listening: The Damned - Friday 13th EP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides'

This piece is flying over the mid-west as I write this. Perhaps a more fitting title for it would have been 'The Devil Takes on Ohio & The Big Mac'.

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'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides' - 24x24 Framed Gold

'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides' - 24x24 Framed Gold

I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out and now my pig obsession has grown to fanatical heights for reasons I cannot mention.

If you live in New York, you can see this piece along with about 30 others for the Last Rites Gallery's '13th Hour' Show happening October 11th from 7pm-11pm.

I'm considering going out for the show, other plans pending but if you are in the area, definitely check it out. For inquiries about this piece and other works in the show, please email Erica at: info@lastritesgallery.tv

-Fernbeds

"What's the furthest place from here?"

I feel like I've been running around with my head stuffed in a dusty box; shoved somewhere in the closet. Lots of shipping-and-framing-and-life stuff-and-shipping-and-sorting going on around here these last few days.

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This entrance of Fall has brought a lot of changes with her and there is no better time to sit and meditate... Open up and out.

As the rest of the week comes to a lull, I'll be here working on some smaller commissions that I've wanted to finish for some time now, starting new works & projects and catching up on some movies (Highly recommend: The Double for all you Dostoyevsky fans...all three of you)

"I learned your name without words.
I used my eyes, not my hands."

-Fernbeds

Of Wormholes & Mayors

Starting in...

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I've sat here all day working and thinking about constants: Ernest Hemingway had 'Pilar', the Stars have the Moon, a Story always has its Beginning... That feeling of a constant is like a warm pool as you lie buoyant and surrounded.  

The Sun has been warming my workspace and casting sundials across my paper. Distracting and turning me into a languishing reptile? Sure. Recharging and relaxing? Hell yes. 

I'm not sorry for this ramble. Its' been a long one.

-Fernbeds

Runneth Over & Under

This month is proving to be kind of nuts...

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Last weekend's show at Corey Helford was pretty awesome. There were some really beautiful pieces available and lots that got snagged up.

The drive was long but I am easily entertained (I listened to enough tough-guy hardcore to grow chest hair and lose my voice, laughed and learned with some Ram Dass and counted neatly piled roadkill along the highway). I must say that through its sunbleached humidity... LA has grown on me. 

I came back home to a lot to do. A lot.

Coming up early next month is the Opening Reception of Last Rites Gallery '13th Hour' Group Exhibition. Stay tuned :)

-Fernbeds

 

Teenage Moments & Rosemary's Baby

Finish one piece...On to the next ones.

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I get wave of excitement after a piece is done because it means I get to start on something different. Fixate on another world. There is a project I've started working on with a very talented musician that has been giving my imagination a run for its money, which is thrilling in an of itself. I've had the fortune of always starting in on something with someone who I can align with, which can sometimes be hard for artists of any path. Good things to come on this one :)

Also on the horizon, works for Last Rites Gallery's 13th Hour show coming up in October and a handful of there goodies and commissions to work on.

P.S.

Don't miss the opening of 'Art Collector Starter Kit' this Saturday at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. 

"To 1966! The year One."

-Fernbeds

"Every Time We Do This I Fall For Her..."

"...wave after wave after wave, it's all for her."

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I've been wrapping up my piece for the Corey Helford Gallery's "Art Collector Starter Kit"  featuring works from artists including: Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Chloe Early, David Stoupakis, Shag, Lola, Michael Hussar, Miss Van, Natalia Fabia, Paul Frank, Sylvia Ji and many other talented folk. The show opens Saturday August 30th. For the complete list and more details, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com

I'll be driving down for the event, so do stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

Currently Reading: Standing In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd Rice
Currently Listening: The Cure - Wish

-Fernbeds