PS Multiples FAQ
So what is a CSA?
A CSA is a 'Community Supported Art' project, inspired by the model of community supported agriculture. By signing up for a CSA you buy-in to an artwork that a Philadelphia artist will produce as an edition. CSAs already exist in Philadelphia, but the buy-in is usually for over the course of a year with higher up-front cost. PS Multiples operates one artist and one editioned work at a time.
What do you mean, "editioned work"?
When artists produce multiples of the same artworks - like a Rodin bronze or a print by Edvard Munch - they are editioned, meaning that each is numbered with its own iteration out of the whole. If an artist produces 10 prints of sunflowers the first one would be 1/10, the second would be 2/10, and so on.
The overall size of this PS Multiples edition is dependent on how many shares are purchased.
What exactly will I receive?
A work of art that is ready for display.
Really, that's all we requested of Lauren to produce for PS Multiples. Lauren's visual work is based in printmaking, but she has also applied her prints to sculptural objects, so the work of art she creates could take multiple forms. We want the artists we partner with to have the freedom to explore their current methods of producing work and not feel hindered by having to produce a particular thing at the outset. The one thing we can guarantee is that whatever Lauren creates, it won't require additional framing or support to display.
How much does it cost again, and where does the money go?
A share in PS Multiples costs $50. $45 of those dollars go directly to Lauren and $5 of each share goes to Philly Stewards to help support future artist-focused programmings. We consider it our seltzer money for future artist talks.
There are 50 shares available. Hypothetically, if 30 of those 50 shares are purchased, Lauren would receive $1,350 and Philly Stewards would receive $150. No one is trying to get rich. We just want to give individual artists some financial support while introducing their amazing work to new audiences.
And exactly why are you doing this?
We are passionate about two things: 1) Philadelphia Artists & 2) Living with local contemporary art
We wanted to make it more accessible to own great contemporary art by Philadelphia artists, and we know that the 'scene' can be daunting. Philadelphia artists are incredible - some truly world-class talents - and we are passionate that their art be better known and available to more people. We also know that the art community is large, complex and unwieldy. It can be hard to find a point of access to discover incredible artists. If we've learned anything over our past two years of operation it is that there are hundreds of Philadelphians who share our passion and are clamoring to live with local contemporary art, but want some help in discovering new artists and artworks.
When do I have to decide to purchase a share by?
The ability to buy a share ends at midnight on June 30th, 2019, or whenever shares sell out. We needed at least 10 purchases to make the share worthwhile for Lauren, and we've already passed that mark!
Will you be doing this again?
Because it is already viable - we've sold enough shares - we hope to host a PS Multiples every Summer and Winter from now into the future.
PS Multiples will occur twice a year and the next one will begin in January.
When and where will I pick my work of art up?
The pick-up will take place on August 15th or thereabouts. The location.... it's a secret! Probably one of our members' houses where you'll be able to meet Lauren, hear about her work and explore the collection of contemporary Philadelphia art that one of our members owns. If we have too many share-owners for a house, we may choose a gallery or restaurant.
If you are unable to make the pick-up, don't worry.
We'll have alternative opportunities.
I'm in, where do I buy my share?
Just click on the PS Multiples image below to be taken to our website where you can purchase a share of PS Multiples.