Monday, October 4, 2010

PoArt Exhibit: William Evertson [34]

William Evertson
East Hampton, CT, USA

8/29/2010 - Original Proposal:

I'd like to contribute t-shirts to the show.

Title = Mobius T-shirts
Dimensions = 6 sm, 12 md, 12 lg, 3 xl, 3 xxl
Weather Resistant = cool rain preferably

Photo attached.

Basically I would donate 3 dozen t shirts for you to sell in the faux merch dept. You can set the price or give away or raffle or destroy. Whatever works with the rest of the show.

Just some word play on ar & t, Boston's T and experimental art at Mobius... and the ubiquitous destination T.

8/29/2010 - Further discussion:

JW (co-curator):
I think my brains is working extra slow today -- i finally got it (-:

This is awesome! Thanks so much --- wow that's a lot of T shirts!
the xxl could be dresses (-:
Would I have your permission to modify the shape of one of the T shirts if I get them in time? Maybe I would even wear one as a dress ... what to you think? Wearable ar*t or Wearable T?

will you put your name on them somewhere? or sign them?

WE (artist):
oh sure, they can be modified anyway that helps the concept of the show. I'll find a way to sign them somewhere. Great! My mind has been all over the place lately and I've been meaning to come up with something. Will get this into the works, ASAP

9/30/2010 - Post-Exhibition PoArt Dialogue:

The Prostitution of Art Show from Mobius illustrates many tangents exist around art and money. Money exchange. That’s the transaction that occurs when we sell ourselves. Prostitutes sell themselves, artists sell themselves; we all are constantly selling ourselves to survive. Most people politely call their activity jobs, but there is really no discernible difference aside from the perceived morality of body part you are using. The really popular politicians are touting their ability to create more great prostitution opportunities. The latest census figures show that the gap between the rich and poor is at an all time high. We all really need to connect with a rich john to survive.
The same holds true for art venues. Witness the uproar last season concerning the New Museums decision to feature the collection of their sugar daddy Dakis Joannou. Or, first prize for surviving “Work of Art” reality TV is your own show at the Brooklyn Museum.
I was intrigued by the part of the artist call that referred to faux merchandise when I decided to make an edition of t-shirts for Mobius. I’ve been outspoken about “artist entry fees” and pay for play schemes that seem not only to take advantage of artists looking for exhibition opportunities but denigrate many in the field whose work bears a serious look yet may not have mass appeal.
So, not surprisingly I don’t like the Mobius policy of charging artists a fee to submit work.
I decided that if they don’t have a sugar daddy perhaps they need a gift shop or at least merchandise.
Preferably, merchandise with the Mobius name in BIG letters.

10/3/2010 - T-Shirt Mania:

People who send a photo of themselves sporting William's Mobius T-shirt to:

William Evertson (email: williamevertson @
Jane Wang (email: Jane @

will have their photo (and if they so desire: name, location, link to their own blog/website etc) posted on both:

William Evertson's Under Construction / Art Contemplations blog
The Prostitution of Art online blog .

10/6/2010 - Mobius Wednesday:

Image: William Evertson

William Evertson added this entry to his blog (excerpt):

As a follow up to the T-shirt merchandise I made for the Prostitution of Art show at Mobius last month, curator Jane Wang is featuring the participating artists on her PoArt blog. My work is featured in her Oct. 4th post. I had some fun posting pictures of a few of the participating artists with my Mobius T-shirt design here on my blog (here). In conversation with Jane I offered to continue to post pictures of anyone wearing the Mobius T. A win/win because I like supporting Mobius because it shows the kind of experimental art that often can't find a home in a traditional gallery setting. It's home for all that difficult art that's hard to package and often hard to even describe. It's about performance, sound and installation art that is best experienced first hand.

Full post here:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jane, I saw the photobot pix and I'll put up a post tomorrow with those folks.
    Anybody else?? Be seen and support our favorite Boston experimental art venue!