In 2007, the FCC in its benevolent wisdom gave WFMU permission to erect a much needed booster antenna in Manhattan. As any listener in Brooklyn or mid-town Manhattan can attest, the station's signal quality varies greatly from block to block with vast areas of the New York metropolitan area falling into black holes where WFMU's signal is unable to come in.
In order to raise funds for our new antenna and to celebrate WFMU's longstanding relationship with the arts community both in the New York area and beyond, the station will be holding an art benefit show at Printed Matter from December 5th to December 13th and also selling work online at art.wfmu.org. The site, which will only be selling our editions, goes live on Friday December 5th.
The opening party for the WFMU Art Benefit will take place on Saturday December 6th from 5pm to 7pm. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea.
<b>ALL ART IS NOW ON SALE AT PRINTED MATTER AND ON THEIR WEBSITE (search for "WFMU")</b>
The show's line-up, much the like the station's programming, is decidedly freeform with a mix of well established and emerging artists as well as a wide variety of mediums represented including drawing, painting, photography, print and collage. Many of the pieces in the show are new works that have been created especially for this benefit.
In keeping with the somewhat egalitarian nature of the station it was important to us that much of the art on offer be affordable. To this end WFMU commissioned several artists to create print editions while other
artists have kindly agreed to sell their work for considerably less than their usual retail prices. More often than not, art benefits tend to be structured as auctions, a process which few people other than seasoned art collectors are comfortable with or enjoy. All the pieces in this benefit will be sold at fixed prices and many items will be priced to sell so come early.
Participating artists (subject to change) include:
Mark Warren Jacques
Andrea Robbins / Max Becher
Casey Jex Smith
Geoffrey Todd Smith
* denotes WFMU commissioned print edition
We're especially happy to be able to include work from a number of artists whose music we have been playing here at the station over the years including Daniel Johnston, Mike Kelley (Destroy All Monsters) and Christian Marclay amongst others.
There are way too many people to thank for making this possible..... First and foremost, many, many thanks to all the artists for donating their amazing work and for their time. Thanks to everyone's favorite Chelsea establishment Printed Matter for hosting our benefit on short notice and amid somewhat chaotic circumstances. More thanks go out to Zach Feur, Paula Cooper, Scott @ Western Exhibitions, Gregory Lind, Laviola Bank, Tim @ Together, and all the other galleries that generously contributed works for this benefit. Dan Funderburgh, thanks for graphical wizardry and all around awesomeness. Thanks to the Lower East Side Printshop for all their help and to Dylan of I am still alive and the amazing Artlog for cart advice. Thanks to Reconfigure for help getting the online shop together and the crew at East Frames for their help with framing.
Last but not least, special thanks go out to our long time pals James Siena (whose mentorship made this event possible) and Cindy Sherman for helping us get the ball rolling.