Artists have to take a lot of different factors into consideration when figuring out how much to price a given piece. The cost of the materials used and the amount of time it took to create the piece are both important aspects of the process -- but so is how much money the potential buyer would realistically pay for it.
ArtSlooth is a new (free) app designed to help up and coming local artists and art curators assign prices to artwork. Using the app may also get rid of the awkward bartering that usually comes with selling art. As stated on their website, ArtSlooth's mission is to "challenge the traditional marketplace of visual art while fostering a symbiotic relationship with emerging artists and buyers."
The app kicks off on Friday, May 30 with a free show featuring artwork by three Bay Area artists.From 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Lesh Studios (suite 403) the show will display the artwork of San Francisco-based painters Kundan Baidwan and McKenzie Coonce and Oakland-based drawer and painter Rachelle Reichert.
Event attendees will be able to test out how ArtSlooth works by bid on the showcased artwork with their smartphones. The show is free, but make sure to RSVP. There will also be free beer, wine, soda and appetizers, as well as a DJ.