FigBash Snook at "Perspectives"
I'd received a note from a good friend about the event and popped over to the exhibit hall to have a look around. The exhibit which opens on Sunday, 28th of March is being organized by photographer FigBash Snook. The event begins at 2:30 pm PDT/SLT where the competition winners will be announced. The competition began several weeks ago for this unique project, in which participating artists received a single snapshot taken in-world and could; "do anything they wanted with it; they could use any media: photography, painting, sculpture, builds, clothing, body parts, or something else entirely". While there I had the opportunity to speak with Figbash.
Nazz: Hello Figbash ... is the "Perspectives Exhibit and Competition" something you'd developed and organized?
FigBash: Hi Nazz. Yes, I am the creator and organizer of the Perspectives exhibit.
Nazz Lane: The award ceremony on Sunday at 2:30 pm PDT/SLT I'd heard.
FigBash: You are well informed. Would you like an invitation?
BigBash: Correct … The exhibit hall is ready, if you'd like a walkthrough before hand let me know.
Nazz: When did the exhibit begin?
FigBash: It doesn't officially start until Sunday. I just finished setting it up this morning
Nazz: The competition starts on Sunday as well?
FigBash: The judging was completed yesterday. Here, let me send you the note that the participating artists got, it should explain how things worked. The basic idea though is that all the participating artists use the same photo as a starting point, and can do whatever they like from there. The only rule is that the finished piece, whatever it is, must contain at least one visual element (not necessarily the subject) from the original image
Nazz: That is an interesting idea ... yours?
FigBash : I have done this concept once before, in 2007 and enough people kept saying how much they enjoyed it that I decided to do it again.
Nazz: How many entries did you have?
FigBash: The final count was 22 … 35 people responded initially, but these are still artists we're talking about.
Nazz: How many judges and is it okay to say who they were?
FigBash: Well, the initial panel was 5 judges, but there ended up being four way ties for both first and second place after their evaluations, which I view to be a very good sign, so I recruited an additional three people. As for their identities, I will ask them if they are comfortable with disclosing them. I have recused myself from judging, as I am friends with a good number of the artists, and even mentor several of them.
Nazz: Eight judges in total then?
FigBash: Yes … A combination of artists, gallery owners, art collectors, and models.