“Now art is being made in smaller spaces, on kitchen tables, out of things at hand, with kids nearby, cooking happening in the background, Nana washing clothes, life going on all around. This is how our species made most things over the last 50,000 years. Creativity was with us in the caves; it’s in every bone in our bodies. Viruses don’t kill art. ”

Excerpt from ‘The Last Days of the Art World … and Perhaps the First Days of a New One’, published 20 Apr. ’20 on vulture.com




A Modest Price for My Work
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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Nick Doug <nickdoug7@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 11:08 AM
Subject: Available work
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


Greetings... I am Nick Doug from Chicago.

I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner.

I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing.

I must admit your doing quite an impressive job.

You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales.

My budget for this is within the price range of $1000 to $15000. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Timothy Holmes <sgtwillihommes@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Artwork
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


Hello ... My name is Timothy from Fleming Island, Florida.

I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner.

I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing.

I must admit your doing quite an impressive job.

You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales.

My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $5000.

As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.

Regards.
Timothy


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: trent harrison <trenthaqrrison6777@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 12:24 PM
Subject: Available piece
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


Hello i actually saw your works on google.

I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, you are doing a great job.

I would like to purchase your piece as a surprise to my wife. please send me PDF photos and prices of some of your artworks which are ready/available for sale within price range of $500 – $7000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

Please you can send me the link to your website or your Instagram handle thank you.

Best regards
Trent


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Bekiie daniels <danielsbekiie@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 7:18 PM
Subject: Art work purchase
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


How are you doing?

My name is Daniel Smith  from Devon Philadelphia, I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing, I must admit your doing quite an impressive job.

You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
                   
With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes (bearing it in mind that my budget is within $500 – $5000) which are ready for immediate sale.

I look forward to reading from you.

Best regards,
Mr Daniel


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <jiang.qi@realidea.com>
Date: Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 7:05 AM
Subject: Commercial offer
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


Hi.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you.

Several months ago, I got access to the device you are using to browse the internet. Since that time, I have been monitoring your internet activity.

Being a regular visitor of adult websites, I can confirm that it is you who is responsible for this. To keep it simple, the websites you visited provided me with access to your data.

Just recently, I did some creepy stuff and a few recordings, just for fun and to test a few things. I came up with an awesome idea to create the video where you cum in one part of the screen, while the video was simultaneously playing on another screen. That was fun!

Rest assured that I can easily send this video to all your contacts with a few clicks, and I assume that you would like to prevent this scenario.

Please dont blame me or yourself for this, I didn’t have any bad intentions. I got very sick, lost my job, about to be evicted and have no money to survive.

All of this because of the stupid virus. I’m sorry. I have no other choice.

With that in mind, here is my proposal: Transfer the amount equivalent to $1500 to my Bitcoin wallet, and I will forget about the entire thing. I will also delete all data and videos permanently.

In my opinion, this is a somewhat modest price for my work.

Good luck and take it easy!

It was just bad luck, next time please be careful.


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Arnold Skippers <arnoskipo@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 2:27 PM
Subject: (no subject)
To: dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com



Have you receive my first message sent to you last week?



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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Nadoakey Nadine <nadoakey@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 12:34 AM
Subject: karlı,
To: dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com



Have you resumed work yet?



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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: liam jones <liamjones3154@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 7:19 PM
Subject: Art work enquiry
To: <dalejohnlawrence@gmail.com>


Hello I actually observed your works on google.

I'm impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; you are doing a great job.

I would like to purchase one of your pieces as a surprise to my husband. Kindly send me PDF photos and a price list of some of your artworks which are ready/available for immediate sale within price range $500 – $5000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

Best regards,
Liam


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End.

A Modest Price for My Work, 2020
Audio rendering of received emails (Jun. to Oct. ’20)
with live video (21—29 Oct. ’20)