Bill Rabinovitch was working on the discovery of quasars, when he decided to leave science to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. This eventually led him to create digital art. Quat Gallery offered to exhibit his digital work in the Metaverse, and provide him with a virtual studio in which to work. Rabinovitch takes the form of an avatar in order to enter the Metaverse and consider their offer.
Rabinovitch arrives at the loft building in Quat.
He decides he likes the size of the space, and the huge
picture window's panoramic view of the Quat River.
which is well stocked with free drinks - another plus.
Rabinovitch soon sets to painting,
He checks out his exhibition space in the gallery, "I can run
one of my videos on this media screen, but which one?"
"The trailer is short, so better suited to a gallery setting
like this, where people don't sit to watch a feature."
Merlin, the gallery director, stops by to view Rabinovitch's progress.
"Great work Bill; I love the way you've mounted this show!" exclaims Merlin.
Rabinovitch replies, "I'm happy with the way this is working
out, so I've decided to accept Quat Gallery's offer."
"Great! Now that you've decided to join us, we'll have to
find you a suitable place to live in the Metaverse."
"Oh, I just need a room in the corner of the loft for my
bed and clothing, nothing fancy," Bill protests.
"I'm used to living in my studio space in real life. I like being
able to roll out of bed and just get straight to work."
"I understand completely. Let's go up to the lounge and have
a drink to celebrate your joining the gallery."
"Have a glass of champaign, Bill. and let's chat about
the art world for a bit, ok?" Merlin offers.
"Sure, sounds good to me," Bill responds.
Merlin begins, "I appreciate that you want to
live simply, and devote yourself to making art."
"I admire that dedication, and it's one reason
I invited you to join the gallery."
"However, you have to realize the art world today is very different
than the art world of Pollock and Picasso which you admire."
"In those days the art world was all about exciting new art
movements like Cubism and Abstract Expressionism."
"Today the art world is unfortunately all about obscene wealth. "
"Only billionaires can afford to be players in today's art market,
and only artists who fit into their world can succeed."
"An artist who isn't living a fabulous lifestyle won't be taken seriously."
Rabinovitch responds, "But what matters to me is my art,
not impressing billionaires."
"I know that Bill, but look at today's art world:"
"A Wall Street player decided to become an artist by hiring
artisans to create copies of kitsch objects."
"He was able to get other Wall Street types to pay hundreds of
thousands for his kitsch, was hailed as a genius,and jus
had a retrospective at the Whitney Museum."
"That's exactly what I want to oppose with my work! I certainly
don't want to become a part of that corrupt art world."
"I can see this is going to be difficult. O.K., for now you can live
in your studio as you wish," Merlin concedes.
"It's up to me as your dealer to make this work. You have a birthday coming
up in a few days,and now I know what I'm going to give you as a present."
"It will be a surprise."
True to his word, Merlin has a room build in the corner of
Rabinovitch's loft, to Bill's specifications.
Bill moves in his modest possessions, his wardrobe of faded jeans
and T-shirts, his Picasso posters, and a prized photo.
Bill then gets back to work painting. "I wonder what Merlin has in mind
giving me for my birthday?" Bill ponders.
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