UPDATE: As of yesterday and today… 2 and 3 days after the event, Mony and I received emails from Artists Wanted, apologizing for the screw up of the incorrectly sent VIP after party passes. Really? They sent us the wrong names? Well, first off, this proves they haven’t got their shit together by sending us a form letter apologizing and telling us in a very nice way that due to the overwhelming success of their mad monster party, that it wasn’t their fault. Second, this form letter further proves their lack of organization because my incorrectly addressed pass was corrected the day I received it because I bitched. I guess my point is that while on the surface this may havw been a noble effort to support the arts, it turned out to be a combination of a clusterfuck and a scam… resulting in at leas half of all who entered feeling very much… Effed!
Additionally…Mony and I felt it was important to reach out and support the all the artists and photographers that felt they were scammed…so please, post your links to your art and photography sites here FRIENDS OF MIEVArt on our official MIEV Art website. And here on In Love With Mony, at this blog post here > Thanks Artists
I now return you to the original blog…
ORIGINAL BLOG POST:
Mony and I both entered the ARTISTS WANTED: Art Takes Times Square competition, which seemed, (after much speculation) it would be worth the $50 just for the exposure. The exposure that was hyped as “Taking Over” in one advertisement, exposed to thousands of art lovers was the idea in another advertisement, your art in Times Square for the premium fee and an invite to the After Party… Okay, the first thing Mony said was true as far as I was concerned…FACEBOOK FRIENDS could vote their asses off and if one crayon crafting toddler had 6000 friends, guess who might just get “COLLECTED” a couple thousand times? But I countered, it’s exposure babe…even if it’s Facebook, The Artists Wanted crew would be exposing all the artists on their facebook pages (Assumption number one…I assumed wrong…guess who the ass is).
Okay, of course “Your Art on Billboards” was enticing, and even if it was for only a couple of seconds, hey…10 pieces, 20 seconds with your name in lights! There are actors, models and criminals who work a lifetime for 20 seconds for exposure in the center of the universe!!! So, I convince Mony, let’s do it! And we do it. What A Clusterfuck!
First, the website “ARTISTS WANTED” is poorly designed, shit to navigate and really doesn’t have a whole lot of ‘come hither’ appeal…and ,you need to either join or sign in with Facebook to ‘collect’ an artist. There isn’t even an APP FOR THAT!!!. Okay, so time for some exposure. I’m all for self promoting, we have a website (Mony & I http://www.mievart.com ), we have our Facebook page, Twitter, Klout, and just about ever other social networking site we feel has merit. We tweet most of the time, check in on Foursquare, and of course here is my blog about how much I love Mony…so I am all for whoring the web to let you know we’re here. But I thought that Artist Wanted was going to expose us? Instead, we get links to self promote and then one lousy TWITTER BOMB schedule… Oh, and the kindergarten crayola genius with the 6000 friends…He’s already got 500 collecteds before I even signed on!!!
Okay, so we have plenty of other things to do other than just promote ARTISTS WANTED website…because basically we’re paying them to give us a shit webpage so we can promote ourselves…I have a website for that and we’re members of DEVIANT, SINGULAR CREATION, and ART WANTED…we can enter contests there and have members vote for us, why the hell did I convince her to buy into this…Oh, that’s right, EXPOSURE!!! Guess what, I don’t have time to advertise their website so I got collected by 8, 9, 10 friends if that. But oh, did I tweet ARTISTS WANTED…yes I did! Hmmmm, 35000 artists of all ilk paid either $25 or $50 to get in on this hype-a-rama fest and ARTISTS WANTED got paid for us to advertise them…that is fucking genius!!!
But it doesn’t end there…they are taking over TIMES SQUARE!!! And today on June 18th, they blasted every premium paid entrant’s art on billboards all over The Crossroads of the Universe!!!…Oh wait, they didn’t put the art on billboards, they instead set up 2, or 3 LCD panel screens and set up in the middle of the Square…where passer bys (who were paying attention because there is so little going on in NYC), got a glimpse of some splashes of colour flashed on this little 9 x 12 BIIIIILLLLLLBOARRRRDD! I mean LCD Screens…ask any advertising exec what a true billboard is and let’s see if 9 x 12 portable LCD screens qualifies as billboards in Times Square. But it doesn’t end there…they are going to broadcast the event on the web…AWESOME!!!
Well they didn’t actually broadcast, what they did was take Times Square 2 and NASDAQ webcams and link them through their pathetic website…that isn’t a broadcast, that is tapping a video feed. And that didn’t even work. Okay if nothing else wasn’t false advertising, that certainly was! But that isn’t the only screw up…they emailed every entrant of when they would be broadcast on the 9 x 12 billboard…or at least one of them…and that sort of sucks for those who are on the road and aren’t connected to their email. But that doesn’t suck worst of all, a lot of people didn’t receive an email telling them when they would be ‘broadcast’…like ME…I never got an email telling me when I would be broadcast.
What else is wrong, what other complaints are there that I didn’t even mention? I have been promoting my art for a decade, under my EAX pseudo-name, my Lucifer Lazerus pseudo-name and now under E. Vincent…and I can assure you that this was not exposure…this was a crafty, well thought out marketing plan to make money, and it did…. For Artists Wanted. But not to take away from the winner, I wish her the best and hope that within this clusterfuck contest, her career soars. And I hope that every entrant that entered this contest can gain more exposure through this than they ever thought possible…in otherwords, I hope I’m wrong and just a disgruntled artists who feels ripped off. But to look on the bright side…Mony and me got at least 20 seconds each to be exposed to the world in the the center of the universe.
I have one more contest at Artists Wanted, and now I regret having entered their SELF contest…
What’s your opinion, we’re curious.