There’s this gallery here, at Publika called Segaris Art Centre, that had invited many schools to take part in their exhibition “School of Thought”. And among the many schools, my college was invited. So that means I too. I was excited. I asked them if I could showcase all of my Execution series and they said yes. I was surprised. I had a total of 9 artworks (I’ll make a new post to compile them all).
Before the exhibition…
They e-mailed me the invitation on the day that was the deadline for the submission of artwork itself. How could they have expected a speedy response? I responded anyway. I had to tell them a few times what I want, what I meant. I think it’s a language barrier thing, if not that they are too stressed out because deadline approaches. If they don’t want to rush, I don’t understand why they couldn’t have started on it sooner? Another thing was that the person I had to contact didn’t seem like she was even listening to a thing I was saying. She was friendly sounding, yes, but also rude to not let me finish my sentences.
We had to sign an agreement, saying that we give them permission for them to display the work, that our work should be ready to hang, we pay for frames, etc. Thankfully I already had them all framed because of the graduation exhibition. Then I gave them all 9 artworks. (Yes, I had to ask help from my father, whom by the way, I don’t live with. He had to drive an hour’s drive to get to where I am, and another hour to get to Publika, while carrying all 9 artworks in the car. It was difficult but I thought it’d be worth the hassle.)
Nearing the exhibition date…
Suddenly… When the opening night drew near, they said they’ll only choose 1 artwork to display in the main gallery and another to display in their second gallery. My artwork included my Perfidious Thoughts (poems) printed on foam board to be displayed together. I had to reprint them all because the first foam board printing from my graduation exhibition was damaged and ink went weird. I gave them these and told them about it. Still disappointed that they didn’t say earlier that they only needed 2-3 artworks only. Don’t they know how much easier it would’ve been to ferry just 3 artworks, instead of 9?!
The exhibition itself…
On the opening night, I attended, only to find that my artwork was displayed WITHOUT my poem. They basically said it would look better that way. That isn’t the worst of it. The worst is that they got my artwork title wrong! And all the dimensions, medium… I’ve expressed my discontent to them to which they responded without much concern. And all that re-printed foam board costed me RM135… and for what? They don’t even display it.
Oh, by the way, if it matters, the VIP guest was the crown prince of the state.
[Hover on the images to find out which one is my work!]
This is my work!
School of Thought… I wondered what they meant by that when they didn’t allow my Perfidious Thoughts to be displayed with my artwork. Are all galleries like this? I’ve heard good stories about galleries elsewhere. Does that mean I’m just unlucky enough to have to deal with this?
The exhibition will end in a few days but I will take a few months to recover from this disappointment.