CALL FOR ARTISTS: COLOR ANTHROPOLOGY
An exhibition about how color shaped the world
CALL ENDS MARCH 4th!
A vein of brilliant blue streaks through the chalky cliffside. For thousands of years, cultures around the world harvested this otherworldly color from the earth and celebrated it with reverence. Lapis Lazuli - it is the color of communication, of healing and protection, and represents the throat Chakra. The brilliant blue derived from Lapis graces the eyes, beards, and cowls of ancient Egyptian funeral masks, a symbol of royalty and eternity. Its presence can be found in Ancient Babylonian, Sumerian, and Mesopotamian artwork from over 5,000 years in the past. It's the prized pigment of our ultramarine paints that grace the frescoes of Michelangelo in the sistine chapel. An ancient Persian legend says the earth lays on a large slab of Lapis, which makes up the color of the heavens. The lapis mines in northeastern Afghanistan have been operating for over 7,000 years and currently are under scrutiny, considered a source for conflict material. Lapis can be found in Andes mountains of Chile and has become the national mineral and it's beauty has become an integral part of the national heritage.
The color derived from Lapis Lazuli is more than just a hue, its importance has played a role in religion, culture, ritual, and politics for thousands of years. So what happens when we really analyze the impact color has played in the way we see the world?
an exhibition about how color shaped the world
opens April 21, 2017 • 7-10pm
118. E. 26th Street #101, Minneapolis MN 55404
We are looking for artists to pick a color, any color, and educate us about it. For the month of April, we'll transform the gallery into a rainbow of stories. Each artist will have the opportunity to create a work using, and about a color of their choice. We'll ask each artist to choose a web color / hex triplet (ex. 000000) and create a work of art using and about that color. The example above is wide-reaching, but artists are welcome to be specific and choose a color like Barbie® pink, Blaze orange, Celadon, or any other color you'd like to get to know and create a work of art about what you've discovered. Neons, opalescents, gilded, or reflective colors are welcome as well, but we'll ask artists to consider how best to represent the color, and choose a medium that will help show the true colors! The color you pick doesn't have to be the only color you use, but it should be the predominant color of the work.
We'll also ask everyone involved to supply us with a blurb about their work so we can hang a didactic next to the piece that viewers can gain some context. Participating artists will be able to send originals and prints for this exhibition. We are happy to be printing the gallery piece for free for all participating artists for this exhibition to make it easier to participate from afar! More information about how to send work, deadlines and dates, and other resources will be sent to all participating artists upon the close of the call for artists. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participating Artists Announced by March 7th
Artwork due to the gallery: April 8th
Opening reception April 21st
If you're interested in participating in our April group exhibition, please put your name, email and links in the comments section (please do not send your info via email as these often get buried in my inbox!)
Thanks so much, everyone! We're really looking forward to all sorts of insights into the nature of color and how much it's played a role in our world.