Photo: Robert Alexander Williams
ast month I relocated both myself and Don’t Take Pictures to New York City. This move will allow for more collaborations with other creatives, and I am looking forward to expanding this publication here in the city. As with all big moves, packing up one’s belongings can be a chore. Choices must be made about what gets kept and what remains behind. When it came time to pack my artwork, the task was more daunting than expected. I discovered prints that I had never found the time to frame, and framed them. I found art books that I had not looked at in years, and paged through them. While not the most efficient method of packing, the time spent selecting frames, leafing through books, and painstakingly wrapping corners and packing boxes allowed me to reflect on my own art collection and what it means to call oneself an art collector. Though I am also a working artist, I choose to forego displaying my own work in favor of works by artists whom I admire (and can afford). Just because I could fill my walls for free, does not mean that I should. Instead, I
enjoy the act of supporting other artists of all mediums, and for that reason I consider myself a collector. In this issue, the role of the art collector, and its shifting definition, is a recurring theme. An interview with John Foster, a noted collector of vernacular photography, brings the idea of “value” into question. An article on the Community Supported Art movement explores and critiques who collectors are and the artists they support. Even the book review is not a monograph, but a collection of images assembled by a juror. In the coming weeks I will have a new perspective on the art in my home as I move pieces from wall to wall in pursuit of making them all work together. A new space and layout may change the way I think about some of the pieces. This publication features artists and collectors, with articles written by both. My intention with this issue is to encourage a discussion that makes you think differently about what role you play in the art community. Perhaps, by replacing the “and” with a “/”, more people might consider themselves Artists/Collectors. —Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief
Published on Sep 8, 2014
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