One of the coolest things about having a blog is the relationships you form, and being able to actually use our “blogging powers” for some good. This is something I don’t do nearly enough… supporting the issues that are near + dear to my heart over here. I’d like to try and change that.
Anyway, today I do have the opportunity to make a (small) difference and wanted to share it with you here. You might remember that I featured Gray Malin’s work here a couple weeks ago. After that post, I ended up ordering this print. Gray wrote me a kind note to say thank you and even included an extra print. I was blown away by his kindness as I’ve admired his work for so long now. We exchanged a few emails and he told me about something near + dear to his heart… Prada Marfa.
A little bit of background for you, first… Prada Marfa is an art installation in Marfa, Texas. You’ve probably seen photos of it here and there… it basically looks like an empty Prada store in the middle of nowhere. It went up in 2005 and has become a pop culture icon over time. But sadly it is in danger – it’s been declared an illegal outdoor advertisement and may be taken down.
To help, Gray Malin is selling an exclusive, never-released photograph – for one week only, beginning yesterday and ending Sunday, 10/27. The signed 11″ x 17″ print will be sold for $99.00 and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Ballroom Marfa (the no-profit that originally funded the installation and continues to maintain it.) Ballroom is dedicated to championing and funding similar projects + artists.
To use Gray’s word (and the real reason I was inspired to share this with you – as it’s something that resonated so deeply with me), the image was selected “to remind us that although art is supposed to ignite a conversation and force us to dig deeper, it is also for our pleasure and enjoyment.” I know that for me, art is such an emotional thing… while of course it starts a conversation and is something incredible that we can study and learn from, above all it makes us happy. It makes people feel good. (Or at least feel something.) It uplifts us and reminds us that the world is so much bigger than our little problems. I always have a hard time expressing why it is that I love a certain piece of work, but it’s always about how it makes me feel.