Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Artist Colony: Artist's Breath for Sale

This was one of the more gimmicky art works for sale at the artist colony at Union Square. The plastic bags hanging from the makeshift stand contain the breaths of "emerging and established artists" in the city.

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The costs of the artists' breaths, based on the price list in the second photo below, ranged from a hug to $121. The young woman in the first photo said the items (on the menu) with an ink mark next the name are sold out for the day. However, they may be available next week if one is interested. Apparently, people were "buying" these bags of artists' breaths because some of the items were sold out.

I don't know if this was a publicity stunt by a group of artists to promote their identities or an ongoing art project because I noticed another woman filming us (ie. four curious onlookers and me) with a video camera. Regardless, I had a chuckle and an opportunity to photography it all.

So how much would you pay for a bag of artist's breath?