Man vs. Franklin. 

- streaming from about 10:30am NYC time and concluding at 8pm NYC time (2am in Berlin): 


We’re almost there… 

Thanks for watching/participating/supporting…


(photo by Martin Hoorweg)

P.S. For the final day of the performance the stream is ad-free. I’ve also updated the design to reflect one aspect of the evolved nature of the performance. 

Stills from a single channel video 
Duration: 8 minutes 
Edition of 10 

So I made a video of footage from a 6-day performance last May (shot by Martin Hoorweg). I ripped off was inspired by the original shots from the Beuys video here.  

One is available for sale (the other 9 are spoken for). I’m asking $500 for it. If you really want it and can’t afford that amount, email me at studio@manbartlett.com with what you’d like to spend and why. I’ll accept offers until Friday Nov 18th. William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton used a similar pricing method for a drawing they made for #classand I thought it was pretty awesome. But it requires that the collector (you) feel empowered. And you should! The “value” of work is set by a combination of factors. The first factor is usually what people are willing to pay. When you have a gallery doing business for you, they typically help you determine what they think people are willing to pay. Well, in this instance, I’m my own gallery.* And this is how I want to do it. Also a dealer told me recently that I need to raise my prices. I wasn’t really sure how to take that. If your prices are too low people won’t take you seriously, if they’re too high they’ll call you crazy arrogant. But that all depends on who your collector base is. Right now my base is a combination of somewhat-serious collectors, friends with a little money (some of whom would identify as collectors), and more broke friends. It’s really a very delicate balance, this whole thing. And, like teh Facebook says, it’s complicated. So the system should adapt.**

All of which has nothing to do with the actual video I made, which I happen to think is pretty awesome. And kinda funny. And it’s got a dope soundtrack. Which reminds me, I need to get back to tracking down the musician so if this DVD sells I can send him a percentage. Apparently he runs a flour mill somewhere in Africa. Also a large percentage will be for the project manager for #140hBerlin, who I am still indebted to. Thx Martin! :D

As always, thank you for your continued interest/support/tolerance. I wouldn’t be here without it. And I mean that quite literally. 


P.S. Happy 11/11/11. I love this day.

* Galleries, I love you! Let’s talk! :) xoxo

** Too confusing. It’s $500. Email me if interested: studio@manbartlett.com.

May: Winkleman, #140hBerlin, & More...

So, May is going to be a busy, busy, Beuysy-busy month. It's overwhelming even to me (which is saying a lot), so to keep my shameless self-promotion yapping succinct, the following is a rundown of the month, in chronological order:

Idée Fixe : May 6th - June 11th
I’m thrilled to announce that three of my drawings will be included with some amazing artists in a group show at Winkleman Gallery opening May 6th. The show contains black and white work of a very labor-intensive nature. Two of the other artists in the show (Astrid Bowlby and Jacob El Hanani) I’ve known about for some time, and admire their work. The other artists are similarly top-notch. It’s going to be a great show at a gallery I have the upmost respect for. Info and images here.

#140hBerlin : May 12th - 17th
Some of you are familiar with this project already, as I created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. Thank you to those who contributed! If you’re hearing about it for the first time, I’m going to Berlin to create a performance as homage to the artist Joseph Beuys. In 1974 Beuys came to America, was taken to a gallery in an ambulance covered in felt, and spent three days with a coyote. Well, in my version I’m spending almost 6 days (140 hours), will be covered in an American flag, taken to the performance space in a stretch-limo Hummer and will spend time with an “American Bald Eagle.” The Eagle may be real or something else entirely. ;) Stay tuned and info here.

SP Weather Station Launch Party : May 15th
Fellow Flux Factory artist-in-residence Angela Washko and I recently collaborated on a project for the SP Weather Station. It was fun and dirty and sloppy and yes. Our edition of 30 “brainstorming” hand-marker-colored prints will be included in a portfolio with eleven other artists (each representing a month’s worth of weather data taken from the Flux Factory building in Long Island City). Even though I’ll be in Berlin, the launch party is at Flux Factory. Info here.

Random Number Multiples Launch Party : May 22nd
I recently created a screenprint for independent curator and the all-around awesome Christina Vassallo. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, but I will say that the print references some of my previous 24-hour performances. I’m quite happy with how they turned out. Sneak peek here.

Secret Project : End of May
Lastly, I can’t announce this one yet, but it’s gonna be big. The project has been in development since September of last year and it’s ready to rock. Look for details around the middle of May. ;)

Ok! Whew.

Thank you for your support over the years. In various ways, none of the above would be possible without your presence, however big or small. It is greatly appreciated.

Happy Spring!


Eagles, Flags, Hummers, Bells and Berlin!

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Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to #140hBerlin. The project will be funded! There are still five days left however, so if you haven’t contributed yet, there’s still time. I set the goal as a baseline for the minimum I would need, but my expenses are actually likely to be higher. So if you’d like to pitch in, and receive art for your contribution, you can do so here:


Thanks, and have a great day!


(image source, apologies)