Verge Gallery is pleased to announce a call out to artists for two exciting upcoming exhibitions. Offering great opportunities for artists to foster transnational relationships, show their works to an international audience, and be involved in the dynamic exploration of art in the digital age, these exhibitions explore the exchange of ideas across cyberspace and nations.
NOTE: These opportunities are available to University of Sydney students who are current ACCESS members.
In Transpositions of Space Verge Gallery will team up with Concord Gallery, Los Angeles in a collaborative exchange to map the geographical, social and environmental histories of each gallery on the other. We are looking for artists who can work collaboratively, at first with local artifacts in order to pictorially and conceptually describe Verge, and then as interpreters of artifacts from Concord Gallery. Note: you will need to be able to make a couple of meetings in January.
Please email your expression of interest to email@example.com and include your CV and ACCESS number.
‘Translations:’ a Sydney Sacramento Exchange
‘Translations:’– A collaborative show based on an exchange and interpretation of ideas between Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento and Verge Gallery, Sydney.
The internet has supposedly flattened time, communication, and space to the point where place no longer matters. Idiosyncrasies, errors, foibles, coincidences, misinterpretations, synchronicities and surprises vanish as we all view the same websites, communicate on the same social media platforms, and catch the same viral videos.
‘Translations:’– in a bold post-digital statement substitutes the myth of the omnipotent datasphere (where it seems everything happens) with two distinct non-virtual locations; two unrelated – except by name – Verge Galleries. Separated by oceans, this project asks ten artists in each location to write instructions for the other ten artists to manifest. Cyberspace will serve as a conduit for these ideas, but to what extent can words and sketches survive the trip intact? What cultural conversions will take place at either end as recipient artists put their own spin on what confronts them?
Artists are to create an idea for a work that can be put into an emailable format (using primarily text, but also images and sketches). These instructions should be an in depth and sincere attempt to convey the full breadth and scope of the work. They can be in any genre and medium, using any materials that the artists deem appropriate, with the understanding that any unreasonable requests may be interpreted in unpredictable ways. The artists will also agree to construct the reciprocal works using their own resources.
The instructions should be between 500-2000 words and there can be up to five sketches or images (all scanable and emailable), although these are not necessary. In addition, artists should write a 500 word piece indicating their approach to interpretation. How do you take text and emailed images and construct an artwork? What skills (both practical and conceptual) can you bring to a project such as this one?
The callout will end on February 28, but early entries (I.E. before the end of this semester, 2012) are appreciated, and the final ten artists will be decided upon and notified by mid-March. The galleries will then pair up reciprocal ideas with artists. Artists will then have the end of March and all of April to realise these works. They will work without contact with the authors of the ideas. Each artist will also be asked to document their processes, and this documentation will then be forwarded to the other gallery and may be displayed as part of the exhibition.
Reciprocal exhibitions will be displayed in May 2013.
To avoid bias, each gallery will pick the ideas to be displayed by them (I.E. Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento will judge the submissions from Sydney and vice-versa). To avoid later conflict, paired-up artists will be considered co-authors of both works they create.
In summary, artists are to provide by February 28 (but preferably by early December):
- 500-2000 word instructions for an artwork,
- Up to 5 sketches/images (relating to the instructions) – optional,
- 500 word piece indication their approach to interpretation,
- Brief CV (with contact details),
- ACCESS number.
Please email the above information to firstname.lastname@example.org.