Even in the “good old days” of Chicago S.O.F.A. Art Fairs, sales were not always a given. My work was perceived as rather different than the other more technique-based artwork shown by the gallery. My work had pride of place in the art fair booth – lining the front wall of the display, but .....
Even in the “good old days” of Chicago S.O.F.A. Art Fairs, sales were not always a given. My work was perceived as rather different than the other more technique-based artwork shown by the gallery. My work had pride of place in the art fair booth – lining the front wall of the display, but while it got attention, there were no red dots. As S.O.F.A. went on, with no sales in sight, my smile had become wan. On the last day of the show, with a half hour to go in the fair, I accepted of my fate of no sales and a cold night of packing up artwork wondering what went wrong.
The gallery director then summoned me to meet a collector that not only wanted my work – but was buying all my works on display. (!) The collector said he initially planned on having family photographs installed on his walls, but with my works – this was to be his new family.
This experience I refer to as my SOFA Miracle.
20 years ago, I made a piece called “Green Devil, With a Fork, in a Sewage Pipe”. A great piece although it weighed 50 lbs. On a collectors bus trip to DC, a couple purchased it and asked, if I could bring it up to their home, since I would be in NYC at the Armory show. The day came and the collector has asked us to dinner at their home. As we left I suggested we take a cab. The collector replied, “Oh no…It’s raining and there will be very few cabs out, let’s just take the bus. The bus stop was on Central Park. I then drag this massively heavy sculpture for blocks to get to central park. I kept insisting on taking a cab but the collector ensured me that it we were almost there. This began my longest journey. Now, 20 years later we are still dear friends. Its the biggest surprise for beginning artists, that the imagined separation between artist and collector dissolves in many cases and you become great friends with them for life. It’s one of the best parts of being in the glass world.
Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
48th year of our International Glass Exhibition.
We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: May 8th | Exhibition continues to July 3rd of 2020