Call 4 Art :: Due August 12, 2007

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Call for Submissions
Mush, Mush, Masculinity!
Deadline: August 12, 2007

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Lyle Ashton Harris

Call for Submissions
Mush, Mush, Masculinity!

Ephemeral Space invites submissions for a juried, single-night exhibition that explores masculinity. On September 8, 2007, ES will transform ACVR Warehouse, across the river from downtown St. Paul, into an arena that spurs dialogues about gender through art. Feminism radically shaped the end of the last century by challenging male dominance of the art world. Led by artists, this social movement altered the standards of judgment and organization of institutions, while fostering a reformulation of female identity. But, how do men figure into this picture? Oftentimes taken as the homogenous “other” set opposite of feminism, masculinity becomes the primary focus of this show. The organizers of this exhibit seek artwork (2-D, 3-D, installation, or video) that explores masculinity. Work submitted for consideration might address, but is not limited to, the following questions: What is masculinity? How is masculinity constructed and what are the repercussions of these constructs? How does masculinity relate to biology, hormones, and physicality? For whom is masculinity constructed and whom does it serve? How do we represent maleness and masculinity today? How can masculinity be seen as either in opposition to or compatible with feminism? How do we encrypt signs of masculinity or subvert male identity? Do men and women understand masculinity differently? How does masculinity operate locally?

The Jury:

Patricia Briggs
Dr. Patricia Briggs teaches art history and criticism at MCAD and is a founding member of VACUM (the Visual Arts Critics Union of Minnesota). She is the Minnesota correspondent for Artforum magazine. In addition to Artforum, Briggs has published in Art Papers, Art on Paper, City Pages, New Art Examiner, Sense and Society, City Pages, and online at mnartists.org. Briggs is also an independent curator whose exhibitions have been featured at the Weisman Art Museum, The Soap Factory, the Phipps Center for Arts, and the Minnesota Center for Photography.

Kristoffer Knutson
Kristoffer Knutson owns and curates ROBOTlove, the Uptown retailer of contemporary art, craft, and design products. Knutson also collaborates with the Soo Visual Arts Center in organizing provocative exhibitions in the Toomer Gallery. In addition, Knutson co-owns Mplsart.com, an online gallery guide, purveyor of reviews, and locus of information relevant to the dynamic local art scene.

tectonic industries
Tectonic industries is a collaborative art partnership founded by Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow. Jerlach is a professor at the University of Wiscosin-Stout, where he teaches sculpture and Stringfellow serves as an adjunct instructor at MCAD. Artistic endeavors pursued by tectonic industries examine the artifice inherent within the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture through mixed-media installations. Works by tectonic industries have been exhibited in both local and international venues.

Submission Requirements:
Submissions must be sent via email. There is no fee. Artists must adhere to the following requirements in order for their work to be considered for exhibition:

1. The body of the message must include the artist’s name, preferred email address, home address, phone number, title of work, corresponding file name, medium, dimensions, and the date of completion for each image. All work must be original and completed in 2006-07.

2. Please attach file of work submitted to the email. Your submissions must follow the following specifications.

You may submit up to 5 works of art. Each image file you send us counts as one artwork. You may submit one detail per submission. Each submission must be sent in a separate email. The digital image itself should not include your name, a logo or any typographic gestures that are not considered part of the work. This insures anonymity during the jury selection. Your file name must follow this format: first initial, last name, title of work, file extension. i.e. jdoe_title.jpg or jdoe_title.mov

2D or 3D: Email digital images as jpegs with as little compression as possible. All image files should be less than 2 MB. Make sure the images you submit are larger than 1024×768 without breaching the 2 MB limit.

Video, animation and Interactive: Email a QuickTime sample no larger than 5MB. Interactive pieces should include a description and proposal if applicable.

Installations: Email a proposal in the text of your email. Include a jpeg drawing/diagram and 3-5 sample jpegs of previous installations. Follow the jpeg specifications above. Use the following naming convention for your file: jdoe_title_sample.jpg

Note: Instillation artists are encouraged to propose works of art that utilize the space at ACVR. We have about 24,000 square feet to play with and we will be constructing walls for 2D art.

3. Email submissions to ephemeralspace@gmail.com on or before Sunday, August 12, 2007
Photo: Lyle Aston Harris

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