Tattfoo Tan: Artist funding Artists

Following Mark Bradford’s exceptional generosity, and continuing the theme of artists funding artists, NYC artist/master composter Tattfoo Tan has initiated a grant program, open to applications from non-New York City artists.

S.O.S. Guilds
Using art as a tool for social change on sustainability and ecology.

Open to all artists worldwide [except NYC residents] | Deadline: April 1, 2011

S.O.S. Guilds is an art and sustainable entity that creates social changes by applying the power of artistic imagination to inform, inspire, engage, animate and motivate in various communities around the world, by giving grants to artist to execute art project that high light the sustainable issue. As an artist, we are so used to be funded and in this economic landscape, we should seek to give and fund others artistic project that based on social activism and civic engagement. Artist that are funded by S.O.S. Guilds are encourage to pay it forward by funding others or give back to the S.O.S. Guilds pool of resources.

By offering a small grant of USD500, in two parts payment to guarantee the success and execution of the proposed project. As the founder of S.O.S. Guilds, I’m here to provide supports, marketing, and conceptual thinking to help in planning and trouble shoot in any stages of the project. Project must be completed in a season (3 months) duration and be documented from start to finish on a blog to be shared with the wider online audience. Anyone can apply except resident of New York City due to conflict of interest. Grantees must credit S.O.S. Guilds on all promotional materials.

By gathering like minded artists that are interested in deploying arts as a tools to awakes social consciousness, we as a collective whole around the world can make change one art project at a time.

Community, Sights

Three reasons to be excited about art

Please excuse my previous griping post and have a look at this:

1. Brendan Fernandes and Ohad Meromi at Art in General

I helped to install these two artists’ shows, and I’m very excited about the quality and experimentation in both of them. I feel very fortunate to work with wonderful staff and interns at Art in General in the production of shows by really kind, thoughtful artists.

Brendan Fernandes’ exhibition, From Hiz Hands, opens in the ground-floor Project Space tomorrow, Friday, December 10 at 6pm. In addition to a massive wall text and audio piece, there are three super neon signs you can see from the street.

Ohad Meromi contribues Rehearsal Sculpture, a likably obscure set of sculptures, props and setting for participatory action. Ohad’s prior work (see Harris Lieberman Gallery, of the sweetly ligature’d logo, for pics) are really fun combinations of formal and vernacular design with social overtones, so I’m really interested in this more explicitly performative and experiential work.

2. Mark Bradford, artist, MacArthur Genius, and artist-philanthropist-role model.

Bradford, who exuded articulateness, integrity and rigor in his talk at SFAI, is a role model. His most recent feat of fearlessness is committing to donate $100k to support other artists in the pursuit of their own projects that might not be otherwise funded. How awesome is that?

3. Via HWT, this image by Frances Twombly, found on ArtNet:

Frances Twombly, Balloons, 2004

Frances Twombly, Balloons, 2004