Corey Eiseman
Since the beginning
Works in Sarasota, Florida United States of America

Corey Eiseman is not satisfied with the world as it was handed down to him on May 25, 1976, in Miami, Florida.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in drawing from the University of Central Florida in 1998. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

His father died in January of 2001. The towers fall in September of the same year. These two events are like two hands rattling the cage that his mind was in.
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Re: I have a suggestion for Rhizome...

I can respect both sides of this discussion. On the one hand I
completely understand the need and the desire to have quality control
for something like the ArtBase, or put another way, some mechanism to
keep the whole system from being dragged down by the lowest common
denominator. However, at the same time I really can't understand why
individuals pursuing careers as professional artists should necessarily
be an important factor when considering the quality of an individual
work. It seems to me at that point it becomes very insular and
potentially closed to new things.

I'm speaking as someone who, for various reasons, made a conscious
decision while I was still in art school that I wasn't going to pursue
the path of what I assume you mean by a professional artist, i.e. having
a CV, getting my work in galleries and exhibitions, etc. I have
confidence in my talent and I know I could have had some modicum of
success had I taken that path, but for better or worse I simply had zero
interest in it, and still don't. I know very well that this does cut me
off from certain opportunities and also tends to make my more
professional contemporaries automatically lump me in the category of
amateur or hobbyist or whatever, but I've never really regretted my
decision. A huge part of what attracted me to the web as an artist and
to the net art scene was that I could do my own thing and have fun doing
it, without having to "commodify" my work or live in a metropolitan area
with a big gallery scene, or really have to deal with the art world in
any way. I don't need any of it to validate myself as an artist, and if
that means I won't be awarded any historical significance by the powers
that be, then so be it.

All that being said, I do value community very much. I had taken a
pretty long hiatus from Rhizome until a few months ago. Part of the
reason I shelled out my $25 and became a member was because I liked what
I saw on the new website and because the organization / community had
moved in what I perceived to be a positive direction since I had last
visited. I have since submitted to the ArtBase twice and in both cases I
can only assume my work was rejected because I basically received no
response one way or the other. My submissions just disappeared into the
ether. This doesn't really bother me for the same reasons I stated
above, but I did find it interesting. I can't help but wonder if the
work would be given any more consideration if I wasn't an outsider, if I
already had my foot in the door, so to speak. I feel like given the
chance in a debate, I could make a pretty good case for the historical
significance of both of the works I submitted meeting the stated
criteria. I wonder how much of the lack of response is due to the fact
that I didn't really include much explanation text to support my case in
the first place. I've never been one to delve into theory or provide a
lot of background explanation or historical context. Hell, my artists
statement at my BFA show was simply: "Art is fun."

In the end I know I'm a small fish and I don't pretend to deserve much
say in what the ArtBase should be. Like I said, I do understand the need
for some quality control, but I also tend to think something is lost if
it becomes just another extension of the elite art world, a bouncer
guarding the gates of the museum.

Best regards,

Corey Eiseman
Who are *you* to deny it?!?

Lee Wells wrote:
> The interesting thing about both Rhizome and the other new media community
> sites is that its already a filtered group. We thought we might run into
> that problem with the PAM select calls for artists. We found out that
> through word of mouth and pre-filtered lists like this one, the work we
> received was exceptional.
> I don