Listen to Roslyn Esperon and Courtney Rile talk with Marguerite Mitchell-Sundberg about Price Check on WCNY Arts Talk in 2012.
Listen here: http://blogs.wcny.org/arts-talk-price-check/
Price Check was an interactive curatorial examination of the variations of the visual art market based upon geographic proximity to a major art center conducted between 2009-2012. The exhibition focused on the State of New York, where the art market ranges vastly from the urban art hub of New York City to the neighboring art town of Beacon or more distinctly, to the post-industrial city of Syracuse. For example, it is widely believed an upstate-based artist must raise their prices to compete in the New York City market; whereas, a New York City artist must drop theirs in order to sell at an upstate venue.
In investigating how the price of artwork directly relates to the geographic location of its sale, Price Check invited viewers to participate in the pricing of artwork. Throughout the show visitors were able to place silent bids on the works of art for sale; these bids represented the visual art market value trend for the specific geographic location. Each work will also had three suggested prices, one for Syracuse, Beacon and NYC, set by a professional dealer or gallery owner in each location.
Designed as interactive, traveling exhibition, Price Check was displayed in Syracuse, Beacon and New York City and featured the work of eight artists from a combination of these three locations of study. The art selected for the exhibition was centered around an abstract, organic, ephemeral aesthetic. Pieces included covered a range of media, including watercolor, painting and digital art. Please see the Art page for more information.
Roslyn Esperon is currently employed as a research assistant with Randi Korn & Associates, a full-service museum planning, evaluation, and research firm based in Alexandria, Virginia with an office in New York. Esperon graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School in 2011 with a degree in Visual Arts Administration. Her experience includes working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and Quad Manhattan. Esperon started collaborating on Price Check just after receiving a BA in Art History and English from Syracuse University, where she received wide recognition as a Coronat, Remembrance, and Syracuse University Scholar. While in Syracuse, Esperon collaborated with Delavan Art Gallery, The Everson Museum of Art, Light Work, the Literacy through Photography program and the Mobile Literacy Arts Bus (M-LAB) project. In the summer of 2008, Esperon co-founded Contemporary Gallery with Courtney Rile. Esperon was awarded an NYU Dean’s Grant for Student Research to fund the Price Check project, which is the second collaborative exhibition organized by Esperon and Rile.
Courtney Rile is a filmmaker, arts entrepreneur and a partner in Daylight Blue Media Group, a company specializing in video, photography and design in Syracuse, NY. Her experience as an arts entrepreneur includes working with the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Resources Council to present the MARK program to help artists improve the professional side of their art practice in the CNY region (2010-2012), co-presenting the annual Salt City Urban Art and Craft Market (2010-2012), serving as an Arts Entrepreneur in Residence at Finlandia University in Michigan (2009), co-founding “Contemporary Gallery,” a temporary contemporary art gallery set up in a vacant space in downtown Syracuse (2008), as well as launching Th3, The Third Thursday, Syracuse’s monthly art night (2006). She has worked with Delavan Art Gallery, Cultural Resources Council, Light Work, Spark Contemporary Art Space and ThINC. Courtney Rile is an alumnus of Syracuse University (Video Art, VPA, ’04) and is a graduate of both the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship’s Syracuse Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (’07) and the Syracuse Entrepreneurship Classroom (’09), aimed at supporting entrepreneurship education across disciplines. As a filmmaker, Rile has worked on 5 documentaries, 3 feature films and numerous shorts. In the summer of 2008, Rile collaborated on Contemporary Gallery with Roslyn Esperon. Price Check is their second collaborative exhibition organized together.