Q: Can one see 1262 artworks in 7 days and give the work its due?
A: One can try, but probably no.
As some of you may know, ArtPrize is a new visual arts competition being held in Grand Rapids, MI from September 23 to October 9, 2009. It’s been the talk of the town here in River City since late April of this year. Many posts, comments, chats and an aha moment later, we are now on the cusp of something. With venue and artist matching complete, everyone is building, painting, installing, cleaning up after themselves, twittering and teasing all sorts of minutia; drip, drip, drip — you get the picture.
So, what does the discerning art viewer do to make their way through it all? I started by reviewing each entry online. With a healthy application of Sturgeon’s Law (both of them) I winnowed a list of selections down and I plan to give what work remains the time it deserves.