In the market of goods and trades, artworks are a very special range of ‘products’. They are special in two ways: first of all they are all one offs, and are uniquely created by the artist; and second, art is objective. Artworks are different from other products like bread and carrots. A piece of art may be purchased for various reasons: collectors may buy artworks for its potential market value; some others buy arts for decoration purposes, for example, it matches the interior design of their living rooms.
Artists, like businessmen in any other sectors, may try to sell their arts at a price as high as possible. In contrast, most buyers want to own a piece of art but spend as little money as possible, wishing for ‘discounts’ if two or more pieces are purchased together.
The core question embedded in this exhibition is how would you value a piece of art? Does the price of an artwork fully represents the meaning of art? Jing and Min are trying to initiate a discussion on how to position yourself and your artworks in the art market as an artist.