Friday, May 25, 2012

Buy your Art with stolen credit card

Another scam email worthy of inclusion:

This one offers to buy my art work with a stolen credit card.

"----- Original Message -----
From: "tom" <>
To: Graham Hay
Sent: Friday, 25 May, 2012 2:47:20 AM GMT +08:00 Beijing / Chongqing / Hong Kong / Urumqi
Subject: request

my name is Tom  i will like to purchase some of your product to one my new
store in japan  i will  like to inform you that the method of my  payment
is credit card if this is accepted by you please kindly get back to
me with your website address so as for me to choose the item needed by

One of my security measures is too always google these email addresses with the word "scam"  added.

What to do if you have already posted a work off: (I know it's for tractor parts :), but the solution is the same).

It seems they also tried to buy ski equipment! :)

What is interesting is that they want my web address (already in my email address) so it appears my email address has been sold as part of thousands of others.

I post these emails on my blog to alert  other artists to the risk.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Is New York your artistic destination?

I received this email today.

Anyone received a similar email?

My email response is below...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Raquel Contreas NY ARTS" <>
To: Graham Hay
Sent: Thursday, 24 May, 2012 6:38:06 AM GMT +08:00 Beijing / Chongqing / Hong Kong / Urumqi

Dear Graham Hay,      

My name is Raquel Contreras and I am a freelance curator working with Abraham Lubelski organizing a July 2012 group exhibition and publicity package as a part of the International Artists at Home & Abroad series at Broadway Gallery NYC in New York. I am inviting you to take advantage of a unique publicity package that includes participation in the NY exhibition, as well as the opportunity to benefit from a full years’ worth of publicity/exposure on the web and in print. 

Our partnership with NY Arts Magazine and Art Fairs International will provide you with international exposure to galleries, curators, collectors, dealers, museums, and art patrons reaching a readership of over 20 million annual hits. This offer is the best publicity package available in today's contemporary art market and the artist will retain 70% of any sale made during the exhibition. The fee for this complete one-year publicity package (including the NY exhibition) is $1,900.

By paying close attention to the intuitive works of each artist, we are hoping to construct an exhibition of works that truly speaks to our audiences. I am particularly excited and interested in your work "Carved Information as Object"  and I believe it would be an important addition to our program. The use of color and technique makes this work appealing and eye-catching. Please review the two components of this proposal: Part One: Publicity Package / Part Two: NY Exhibition. Feel free to contact Abraham Lubelski or myself at any time to discuss this proposal further.

We look forward to a great and constructive collaboration.

All the best,

Raquel Contreras
Associate Curator
Abraham Lubelski
NY Arts Magazine
473 Broadway, 7th floor, NY, NY 10013 | 212-274-8993

Dear Raquel

Thank you for your email.

Would I be correct be describing your service as a "vanity service" (neither a good or bad thing in my opinion)?

I respond to all cold calls and emails such as yours by Googling any organisation and staff names, and include the work "scam":

While I do discount some comments as simple rationalising, it does seem you do have a PR problem, particularly as some comments are from past staff members.

I welcome your comments with an open mind.



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UPDATE: Two months later...still no reply from them

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A picture is never just a picture?

I've been trying to represent social structure/organisation in 3D (Sublime Sculpture?).    

A parallel challenges faces painters representing their personal concerns, through painting.  

Rather than a pictorial record of something seen, the painted representation is often a proxy for what the image symbolises to the artist.  

It is an attempt to represent what cannot be illustrated.  

How can we paint "love", "nostalgia", "desire", "angst " and so on?  

Instead artists paint a loved one, old things, a nude, or other subject matter.

So too in sculpture and in ceramics, there are subject matter that is traditionally used, instead of making something which cannot be seen or illustrated. 

This is the essential problem with representation in the arts.

I'm currently reading a book that explores this problem which both the arts and sciences (yes, them too)  face.

 "Six Stories from the End of Representation" is by James Elkins.  

What is commendable in this book is it's surprisingly clear and concise analysis of this problem.  

These are two properties not normally found in discussions or texts on this subject. 

 I'm enjoying the read....

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Printing Super-Surface Sculpture

A group are using open source software to mimic naturally growing surfaces, within a 3D software, then printing the results out on a 3D printer.

While the code is not particularly interesting, what is interesting the commands/or assumptions they use for each section of the sculpture. i.e. how each "grows"

A example of the printed out structure/pattern)

Interested in learning more: Python scripting and fabrication workshop organized at Architectural Association London for the Emergent Technologies and Design (Emtech) 2011-2012. Organized and Tutored by Marina Konstantatou, Vincenzo Reale (, Giancarlo Torpiano and the help of Evan Greenberg


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