Saturday, January 9, 2010

Postcards From the Edge Benefit Show

Postcards From the Edge is to VisualAIDS what the Post-It Show is to Giant Robot. (Of course, if you're not fully immersed in both GR and VA, that analogy won't make any sense to you...)

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There are entire days I wish everyone could use the FUBU (LL Cool J's "For Us By Us" brand) moniker without having to wear jersey tracksuits that make you look like a creamsicle cross-dressing as a Disney rapper.

Populist Art Culture has never been more important than it is today in an income-starved USA with almost no more compulsory arts education. Populist art does not deign to or disdain from class or quality, but avails itself to only three basic facts: (a) whether they know it or not, everybody can create artwork, because (b) whether they know it or not, everybody loves artwork, but (c) not everyone can afford it.

Everyone can afford a postcard or post-it. That's what makes shows like this so rad.

VisualAIDS' annual benefit show is also unique in that all proceeds go to supporting artists living with HIV or AIDS, and also to AIDS research.

I went to the preview show last night. Gotta say, it was the first time I went to a Meatpacking District gallery show and stayed for the whole two hours of the reception (and those in NYC know how near impossible that is short of the artwork being your own craptastic bullshit).

There is a lot of awesome affordable artwork in there, folks. Including GR's own pretender to the Throne of Illustration, Adrian Tomine.

And if you won't take my word for it, take VANITY FAIR's.

Cuz postcards are the isht. Am I right, or am I right? I'm looking at you, Ryan "EA-Z Boy" Sands. [And I swear to you sooner than later I will deliver something.]

In sum: if you are in the New York area, I highly recommend you go to the show. Last bid: It's an unapologetically gay cause, so if you love cock or have the sense of humor of a nine year old it might be worth it for nothing more than the many interpretations of erectus phalli.

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