This is us vs. Starving working manifesto
The selective and elite art world that exists in Atlanta aims to fit the high-end client and quickly shrinks the possibility of breaking in on our own. For a long time most of us have struggled with having to ask the question of being ready to ask a gallery if we are qualified to be an “artist” in there eyes. It became clear that we don’t want there approval for what we do and that with a little footwork opportunities could open up for others as well. “This is Us vs.” for me has always been about pulling others in to what we thought could be beneficial to everyone. We are committed to this as a long-term solution as a way to destroy what the gallery system has built from the outside. This is not to say that we are not interested in showing within the gallery system but it is our mission to offer an alternative to the venues presently available for the no established artist until that opportunity presents itself. I think our appeal to young artists right now is because that’s the circle were in right now. I’d like to think that this movement is not specific to young artists only. I see how it can become that way but it would be great to have all ages break into the Atlanta art scene though us. We should not be left with only cafes to show early work, and it is not just 20 something artists stuck in this cycle. This show is designed to destroy that problem within itself. In the city of Atlanta there is a great collection of young artists that don’t have a lot of great venues to display what they do, we have joined together with the interest of getting a group of all kinds of people to exhibit their work. Each show is about selecting people whose work we respect. Social networking helped to bring excitement to what we were doing at the start and there have been artists asking to get involved for future shows from that medium but we want to use our previously involved artists to not only continue showing with us but to point us to new artists to show. The goal of the show has always been and will continue to be: to find artists with a great mix of originality and style and we need help finding people. The shows and shows themes will always be allowed to develop organically and never be dictated from the start. We hope artists will join our show and show work that is experimental as well as tried. We will never affiliate with a school or many schools; we are and always will be simply a group of artists. Pointing to our schools or lack of distracts from our point and swiftly becomes something about students from school A or B breaking away from there sponsored exhibitions in order to do something different, this is not about that. We hope to continue with this and build a great venue for the non represented to flourish as well as a place that the community will feel they can look for the up-and-coming local artists.
Read an artical about the show here.