Note: would of put this on tumblr, but it is down right now.
So.. I just manage to go to my art show last night and I had my fun there. Before hand, I hung out with my friends, reading tons of manga at china town, and ate at 5 Guys Burgers and fries for lunch, and dinner was Philly Cheesesteak and after this, I went to Fenton's and Counted the cars XD. I dance to alot of Xaivier's music. I did socialize a little. A ton of people loved my work on the painting and my cosplay ( I was Fi that time). My cookies were gone also by the end of the night. Its was not my first art show party but a total public alcoholic party, that looked more like a place to hang out in a bar, and have a drink.
Alot of drinks and possible weed encounter...
These is why I don't rate this gallery fully at 5 star. Its not the most safest of galleries for everyone and its just party central for every 3rd friday. The place looked like it was located in an industrial zone. I though it was in the weirdest of places in madison and especially in Oakland. One of friend she smelled weed really strongly in the bathrooms and the four of my friends left my art show because of this. And really late into the night, they got the weirdest and more and more explict costumes, which isn't for everyone. Pretty much club/ rave night if you ask me or if you were to walk into Rapsum or Ameoba music stores (that sort of punk feel). Although costume aren't the hit of my rating, but the other reason really were. Pretty much if you want to see your art work like it was in a club in a very very small room thats filled with punk kids, then this is the gallery is for you.
Another, the space was good for gallery size, but not for a party full of people. ALot of art work was really tight and tonight really hit the cealing of party goers, and so people were very close to the art pieces. One person did manage to knock a table over which was an art piece. I told on the art director, and he did pick it up, but I don't know if he resolved anything other then to take out all the decor while it was crowded.
Another is that this whole month my art pieces are not labeled. I asked the director why they weren't labeled. He said "You didn't send them to me... Ohhh wait I forgot... Yea Ill put them up." I didn't really trust him he would, and so I put my own labels up there. Its very strange that the whole month that you didn't have any labels for me. I sent the info, I sent the price, but no labels for the whole month and next week is the last weekend. That kind of hurts because, no only people probably looked at it, but they never knew the artist and so I lost potential people that could commission me. That pretty darn stupid and sad.
Then lighting on the pieces I didn't like at all. Although yes, it set the mood for Halloween that red was awesome and scary, it totally destroyed the pieces colors, especially for mine. And my sculpture in the room was backlit with a red light so... it was very hard to see his face. I wish I could of asked them to give a better lighting for the beginning of the night. Not much of the effect of the star rating though.
Lastly, I was kind of expecting this from observing what they do. If you really just think about punky rock shows at music stores and hard rock cafe, I think this comes close on a smaller scale. One of my BAAU friend was at this show last month and she was scarred by it. It was her first show and she didn't like it at all, since her sales were disrespected and called this place a bit shady saying the guys in charge can sweet talk you. Last show, she put down some prints on the table and they were for sale. The people in charge said it was ok. By the end of the night they were gone, and i think ink cost over $100. The guys in charge say, heres $40. For me, they did a little, but not as bad as I though she said. I was careful and make sure I didn't believe everything they said.
Overall, for having my art there and up, and to at least be a party girl for one night was fun, but not a gallery I would really really recommend for everyone because of the small issues, location and the people there. It was just easy to get into and a way to get something at least up there, but I don't know if I wanted alot the clients from there. Its something I can add to my resume saying I did a gallery show once and people liked it. It was fun for what it was, and now I can move on to other galleries and bigger and better things.
And now since the party party over and there is a bit less danger from party party central, you can still see my pieces at the gallery till the end of the month.
More info on times you can see is on Blackball's website.blackballuniverse.com/gallery/