Art decision tree in Cyprus

Art processing, comments

At the end of November 2016 I attended the Symposium/Artist Residency Dysfunctionalities of Contemporary Art 2, organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.TE.).

During the Symposium/Artist Residency I wanted to examine the input and the results that artists get when they show their artwork to the public -art-fairs, internet or  a closed circle of friends. Is it worth the time and money?

In the video, you can follow the workshop of the Art decision tree and see how you can visualize your choices and the results through a model by giving values to [money/time], [status], [social capital] and [our inspiration] input and expected results.

The idea came about by following these two Massive Open Online Courses.

As a result, I have concluded that I show my artwork to expand on my curiosity and inspiration and I see the importance of using  [status] and [social capital]. By making use of the art decision tree tool I also noticed that other artists could make a quicker analysis of their own situation.

eroes Square

Presentation under the Heroes Square, Limassol Cyprus


tree model

Model, testing the results for an artist’s workshop for artists


The Symposium/Artist Residency Dysfunctionalities of Contemporary Art 2, was organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.TE.) and took place at the 30th of November until 4th of December 2016, with the support of Cultural Services of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and the International Association of Arts (IAA).

beautiful notebook


Just last week Miroslav Mandic send me a beautiful notebook that he recently made himself. Rejected woodcut prints on high quality paper cut into strips and hand bound into a book form.
He tells me that in the beginning he made the books just for fun, then realized that he can communicate with other people on another level. There is also something great in small things and gestures that make people happy.

Miroslav Mandic
I think this is brilliant. I can interact in the note book with my own thoughts and sketches.
In this spirit, I too will send an other artist something small as a gesture to happiness.
thanks Miroslav!

(I met Miroslav Mandic during the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale)

5 art scams exposed.


Scam 1:

January 2006

Good day to you. I will like to know if this painting  “man with wings” of yours is still for sale and to know the least price. However, i will make my payment with a cheek, so i will like you to provide me your contact details in the manner below…

If you reply to this, they will tell you that a check is waiting for you at Western Union, but they continue “I have a check of $5000,could you pay the difference first? ” At the Western Union the check is waiting, you pay the difference. Once you get your check it bounces.

Scam 2:

November 2013

Contact through  gallery website like
I found your beautiful painting  ‘two dogs’ on the site. It still for sale? I really love it and would like to buy it immediately for my father who is very ill. The painting would remind him of the dogs we used to have. I am working on an oil rig and can only wire you the money through your personal email.

If you reply to this, you are out side the protection of the on-line gallery and the person will cheat you out of your money like scam 1.

Scam 3:

April 2013

AWARDS: $15,000 in cash grant

Dig a bit further and you see that you have to pay somewhere between $50-$100 to participate. Do your self a favour and buy a scratch card.

Scam 4:

May 2013

Dear  Koert,
Congratulations again for your  wonderful and  powerful artworks.   It  really  interesting code  to read.  As    you know this  year  Berlin  will be  the  Capital of Contemporary Art  … and this  exhibition will  feature the most  interesting   15  artists in  Europe in 2013 The  group  show  will  held  at  Galerie  xx in  Berlin  from  July  6th   to  August 3rd, 2013. The  opening  Reception  will be  Saturday  July 6th
There  will  be a  Full  color  catalogue (English/German).  10  Copies  to each  artist.
There  is  a    25% commission of the  sale  of  paintings or  if the  artist  wants  to  sell.
The  artist  will  be  responsible  of  the  transportation   of the  artworks
5000  postcards    for  all   Berlin in  occasion of  the Exhibition
The  exhibition  fee  is  650  Euro

Dig a bit further and you see that the gallery holder will clear 9000 Euro in a month, you have to pay 650 euro + 500 euro in transport and insurance costs. And do you think that the gallery owner is going to sell your work? No he is already planning the next exhibition.

Scam 5:

October 2013

Call for 2014-15 Exhibition Proposals

xx Gallery, a 35-year-old non-profit space for new art in xx, seeks exhibition proposals for its 2014-2015 season….The online application consists of up to 10 total digital images…..and a $20 application fee.

What do you think? Thanx for the cash, now you are on their newsletter email list for the 2015-2016 proposal round

Yes you reported a case about discrimination


K_Van 2002 20 x 30 cm Brussels

Yesterday I watched Boiler room and The crooked E on TV. It was a reminder of our financial crisis and how it all began. Greedy stockbrokers selling stocks that were filled with hot air. Psychopathic directors pushing their stockbrokers to sell hard. Guzzling people who yearned for the quick and bright failed to ask the appropriate questions.

a professional artist


K_Van 2002 20 x 30 cm Brussels Belgium

Sofia Kapnissi chair of Stichting Gaidaro and the brain and power of the GK has been told by Stroom (centre for arts in the Hague) that she is no longer considered to be a professional artist and have disqualified her membership.