How does one fill that big empty space above the couch? And on a budget? And what if you don't know much about art (but do know enough that you want something other than "The Kiss" or a Monet poster) and have no time for browsing through the millions of images on Etsy?
Well, lucky you, there are a few websites out there now that will do the picking and choosing for you! Each week, they choose 1 or 2 pieces of art created by "current" artists, print them at limited quantities, and offer them at an affordable price. It's a no-brainer.
20x200 is one of these such sites. Their spiel is they choose 2 works of art, 1 photograph and 1 work on paper and offer each in 3 different size and price options. They print a quantity of 200 at the small size which are sold for $20 a pop (hence the name 20x200 !!), a quantity of 20 medium-sized prints for $200 and 2 large prints for $2000 each.
My choice to get started? The Kate Bingaman-Burt drawing of sunglasses she has purchased. I first became familiar with her through her drawings of her credit card statements – yes, you read correctly, credit card statements. In 2004 she began to document her consumption (and her debt) by drawing out each of her 6 monthly credit card statements! She vowed to continue drawing them until they were all paid off. According to her flickr site, in July '07 she was down to three. Maybe we should all start doing this?
For more info on this designer, artist, teacher and progressive thinker, visit her site Obsessive Consumption.
Back to the art at 20x200 (sorry, I have a hard time not getting sidetracked by other great stuff!). Other choice pieces include "Manshroom" (though the small size is sold out) by local Boston artist Amy Ross. I visited her studio during open studios in the South End and got a nice glimpse of her working – cutting out all of the little mushrooms and other natural oddities that she uses in her work.
There are a lot of other great pieces on there so go check it out!