Apr 16, 2014 Marie commented on The Nine Pieces That Made Jen Graves a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
oh Jen...huge congratulations from Providence RI!!! Well deserved.
Dec 5, 2013 Marie commented on Holiday Charity Challenge—Day Four! New Totals! New Prizes! Embedded Tweet!.
You should offer a 4th commenter tag option "Youth Care Orion Center fan"
Jan 22, 2013 Marie commented on Black, White, Square.
Jen, thank you for this interview. I first was introduced to her during your "The Stranger Suggests" back in 2008. I ran to the gallery that day and was floored. I still remember the moment. She is one of the few artists whose paintings have not only never left my body, but I aspire to the sureness that encompasses the vulnerability in her work.

Thank you.

And Lauri, thank YOU for articulating that visual art has its own language as well as for creating such powerful work.
Dec 10, 2012 Marie commented on Buy Art!.
As an artist who moved from Seattle to the east coast in March 2012, my move had absolutely nothing to do with sales. I just missed the northeast a whole lot. It was time to return home.

I was selling quite a bit of work. My friends thought I was crazy to move away because the business side of my painting was not only gaining momentum but had made drastic leaps.

Having said that, about 60% of my 2011 sales came from outside of Seattle, selling to places such as Denver, coastal Oregon, northern CA and NYC. And those sales were also all the highest priced work.

Dec 6, 2012 Marie commented on Buy Art!.
Good and needed article Jen. Thank you.

I have offered the payment plan many times. One collector even took two years to pay and it worked out for both of us.

There is nothing like the feeling of watching someone become enamored with a piece of art and so I will do all I can to facilitate their purchase.
Dec 6, 2012 Marie commented on Introducing the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge!.
thanks for offering this opportunity for us to give.
Nov 18, 2012 Marie commented on 216 Nipples Later.
@106, I agree, regarding appropriation.

This afternoon I spent some time googling for privacy violations and the law surrounding appropriation and found this:

"Invasion of privacy is the intrusion upon, or revelation of, something private[i]. One who intentionally intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the solitude or seclusion of another or his/her private affairs or concerns, is subject to liability to the other for invasion of privacy[ii].
The law of privacy consists of four distinct kinds of invasion. The right of privacy is invaded when there is[iii]:
unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another,
appropriation of the other’s name or likeness,
unreasonable publicity given to the other’s private life, and
publicity which unreasonably places the other in a false light before the public."

taken from; http://privacy.uslegal.com/what-constitu…

I am not a lawyer and so am not sure how it would apply in this particular case...but again, for me the large issue is the lack of permission from each person to use their name.

If nothing else, IMO it shows a lack of courtesy and sensitivity.

It would be great if Artist Trust did a workshop on such legalities.
Nov 15, 2012 Marie commented on No End to the Tea People.
Isn't Wisconsin the state that voted for Obama and yet where Paul Ryan also won the popular vote? I've still been trying to wrap my head around who would vote for Obama AND Ryan.
Nov 15, 2012 Marie commented on 216 Nipples Later.
@59, I agree. One more thing.

It is dangerous to limit what is offensive to only certain circumstances. It does not matter if the image was a pair of boobs or a flower. We all have different triggers due to unique lives lived and therefore different boundaries. One is not more valid than another and therefore the reason for consent should not be judged.

Yes, as you said (and I also agree) we may not understand another's boundaries but they damned well need to be respected once made clear. The women were not given the opportunity to give or pull their consent.

In addition I do not believe this is harassment because I do not believe there was an intent to harass. I think this was simply a case of stepping into a mess. In our age of social media I've watched boundaries get muddled. As we quickly share information, we've come to assume it is okay to grab and pass.

But…as I wrote to Jen in an email yesterday:

"Art is glorious and we can do so much.  But I still believe we have a personal responsibility as humans to each other and so creating freely with the intent of public exhibit and/or sales is a balancing act."

Marie Gagnon
Nov 14, 2012 Marie commented on 216 Nipples Later.
Thank you @21. I had the same thought.

I've been quite troubled by the discussion since last week and attempted to write out my thoughts but was too angry at the time.

I cannot believe how people have made this controversy out to be more complicated than it is. But then again, censorship is a sexy topic, n'est pas?

It is simple. The women did not consent to having their names used, and if someone did not want their own name up on that piece, well…no is no. Remember the phrase?

No means no.

Two women laid down a boundary. We do not need to know the reasons why. And instead of celebrating the idea that they took a stand regarding their personal well being, in the name of free speech and art they are being called pussy and the conversation simply zones in on censorship of boobs or on whether or not there should be an all male response to the Elles exhibit. Good grief.

I do think Ben Beres created a brilliant piece. I also strongly believe freedom of expression comes with responsibility. As humans, we will bump up against each other simply by living. Sometimes we just step over boundaries. It happens. And I honestly believe that Beres meant no harm to the women he listed, yet in a way, was paying homage. But when someone complained (and the reason does not matter) about having their names used, that request needs to be honored. Otherwise those uncomfortable with their names on the piece are in some fashion getting violated simply by being strong enough to lay down a boundary.

And the public's response to the controversy is a perfect example of how all of us have the capacity to violate by whitewashing the request of the two women involved.

Over the weekend I imagined Ben taking the piece and simply wiping out the two names and renaming the boobs with "anonymous", which is definitely a historical component of women's art. That way he could still hang the work, and the women would also be comfortable.