News-Antique.com - Sep 30,2008 - Spencer Finch’s work is well worth the effort. And by well worth the effort I mean well worth taking the time to engage with. Ok, so it can take a bit of time to truly engage with Finch’s work which is something many people don’t like about contemporary art but, as a conceptual artist whose work concepts often extend beyond the individual artwork, there are many pieces to the puzzle. A puzzle that is both extremely enjoyable to piece together and has an image that, when revealed, is engaging and exciting.
As well as being exciting and intriguing, Finch’s work is a great investment which is why you should head over to the Blindspot website and pick up one of his “Moonshadow, 2008″ prints which are part of the Blindspot (who keep coming up with the goods) 15th anniversary editions before they are all gone. And, believe you me, the desirability and popularity of Spencer Finch’s work is sure to result in a very quick sell-out. According to the Blindspot website “Moonshadow 2008″ is “an exposed yet undeveloped image of a moonshadow on 8 x 10 inch paper which has been sealed in a lightproof archival box. Though the sheet is hidden in the box and the image is invisible to the naked eye, the photographic paper bears the photochemical signature of the printing process.” To get an idea of the increase in desirability and popularity that Finch has experienced one has to only take a look at the history of his works sold at auction. According to artprice.com, in 2003 several Spencer Finch drawings sold at auction for around the US$600 mark each whereas in 2007 a drawing smaller than those sold in 2003 went for US$14,000 against an estimate of US$7,000-9,000. Another Finch photo edition sold through Cabinet Magazine for $800 was a seven times larger edition than “Moonshadow 2008″ and $100 more expensive and is now sold out sold.
I showed “Moonshadow 2008″ to my mother who is way more of a classical master painting sort of person than a modern conceptual photography sort of person and, after explaining the work got the initial response “Seems like the Emperors New Clothes all over again”. However, half an hour later my mother came to me and said “How can there be a shadow if it is dark”. And that my friends is what Finch’s work is all about. “Moonshadow 2008″ had obviously had an effect on my mother and had caused her to contemplate the work quite deeply even though she suggested that she didn’t really like the work.
To be one of the lucky people to own a Spencer Finch work go here:
latent black and white image
on fiber paper in a light tight
9 x 11 x 1.25 inches
edition of 15 + APs
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes