Alternative Art Exhibition: "Stuff For Rich People"
Organized by: Kristina Pedersen
Jimmy Market: Stuff For Rich People and is an alternative art exhibition opening at the Observatory Gallery, a DIY gallery in Chicago. Instead of the traditional white cube or biennial exhibition, Stuff For Rich People takes on the format of a tradeshow & business convention. Artist & businessman Jimmy Coyote hosts an "art" "show" that is in fact not an "art" "show" really so much as a tradeshow-esque gathering of artists & weirdos in the name of $$$$. "Jimmy Market: Stuff For Rich People" is essentially a space of alt capitalism. Every "vendor" is an artist selling or presenting a product/commercial experience that inherently involves buying & selling and/or concerns consumerism in its nature. Yes you are supposed to laugh and yes you can actually buy stuff. The set up will be that every artist participating is a vendor at the tradeshow so they have each developed a range of projects & products that jive with/speak to/comment on that format. The show speaks to the contemporary art market's - and the contemporary world's - obsession with material consumption. By choosing a DIY venue instead of a traditional gallery or expo event space, we aim to support the DIY culture of emerging artists and musicians in Chicago and support those who operate & create work outside of industry & outside of corporate sponsorship.To have the show here, there is a small fee to support the DIY venue of $300 plus extraneous costs of show setup & structure totaling $200. We are seeking individual giving support of any amount from those interested in supporting emerging artists and alternative art exhibitions. I realize this goal is small but I wanted to create an opportunity for those interested & eager to support but are unable to participate or attend the opening. If you choose to support, you will receive a rock with your name on it. We will have these rocks on the ground near the entrance at the opening of the show. Thank you kindly for your support and consideration.