MASS is extremely excited to announce we’ll be hosting Got it For Cheap Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 6-10pm! The event will feature over 700 local, national, and international artists and all of the work is available for $30 a piece!
Got It For Cheap (GIFC) is a traveling art show curated by artists Charlie Roberts, Chris Rexroad and Jordan ‘Watts’ Watson, that features more than 750 participating artists from around the world. Well-known artists are displayed alongside a range of their up- and-coming contemporaries. The broad selection of works available are all originals, roughly the size of A4 (8,5×11″) and priced at the local equivalent of 30 USD. Since January of 2016 GIFC has held shows in at least 6 cities annually, and plan on increasing the number to 30 shows a year.
The goal of GIFC is to make buying original art accessible to all people and to give young artists a platform to both sell their work and be exposed to a worldwide audience. With each drawing priced at $30, GIFC allows the average person to participate in the contemporary art market. Young people get a chance to become first time collectors. Additionally, the low price allows the artist to loosen up, have fun and experiment with their art in ways that often get put aside when trying to produce longer and more involved work.
Since the beginning of GIFC, dozens of young artists have been discovered through the shows and the online presence, resulting in exhibitions at established galleries. With people lining up hours before the openings to be the first through the door and secure a particular artist, the shows offer an excitement and engagement from the public that isn’t often seen in the art world. The format of the show brings to mind the ‘Explore’ feed on Instagram with the stacks of drawings piled on tables. Social media has played a hand in the formation and communication of the project. It seems that in this screen-age, the desire to obtain original, material artworks have increased.
In 2017 GIFC has grown to include over 700 artists participating in 7 shows. Taking its cue from mixtape culture and the changing dynamics of the art industry in the Instagram age, the concept recognizes the value in young artists getting the exposure and connections these shows provide. For established artists GIFC is a chance to give their biggest fans a shot at buying a piece, increasing fan engagement and introducing their work to a new and excited audience.
Some notable artists that have taken part:
Nina Chanel Abney, Brad Phillips, Austin Lee, Chelsea Culprit, Ann Cathrin November Hoibo, Morgan Blair, Anna Bjerger, Anja Solenen, Anton Horfee, Christof Mascher, Morgan Blair, Kristy Luck and Drake Carr.