CALL FOR ARTISTS!
Black smoke belches from the exhaust pipes beneath greasy armored plates. Steam courses through the cylinders and the 22 pistons jerk frantically back and forth, propelling your huge mass forward down the damp cobblestone streets. Frightened eyes peek from behind sooty curtains -- the unmistakable clanging of steel can be heard from a mile away in the still night.
An old church bell tolls in the distance and a plume of bats escapes the ancient belfry. They head west, across the low blood moon and over the city walls with ease. You feel a pang of jealousy. The raids come in the night. The shells of rusting drones lay where they fell many years ago--- crumpled against the scarred old brownstones. This tired war started years ago and the resolution seems just too far beyond the realm of possibility. So these days, each able-bodied soul learns to salvage, build, and fight. Phlegm rattles in your throat and you drag your mouth across the shoulder of your wool shirt. You’re not ready.
You sit tight in the belly of this mechanical beast as it towers above the thatched roofs of the city. Your breath steams through the metal grate before your face, you step forward and poise for battle.
THE ROBO SHOW
Mechs & Mobile Suits
Opens Friday, February 12 • 7 - 10pm
Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA
Illustrative engineers, come forth! Bring your metaphorical blueprints and show us your visionary prowess! We are looking for artists that would like to design the ultimate mech or mobile suit, armored vehicle, or cybernetic enhancements for our next exhibition: The Robo Show!
Whether your vision of the perfect Mech is something of a fighter, piloting a futuristic war machine, The Borg piloting a huge cube, a brain piloting a large pointy-headed man in his underwear, or an ancient automaton designed by a distant culture of long ago, we want you to help us build the universe's most diverse legion of mechanical mercenaries.
What drives your technology? Is it bleeding-edge future-tech? Is it ancient? Magical? What universe? What culture? What purpose? How does it work? How do you drive it? Who could possibly pilot such a beast? We are looking for epic scenes of big robos in action, doing the things they were designed to do, or schematics, exploded components, or robo propaganda. If you want to build a mobile suit that cats can drive, so be it. If you want to draw your own personalized armored vehicle, perfect. Maybe you're inspired by genetically enhanced underwater suits? Or fancy bionics and cybernetic enhancements. We are excited to see original concepts that span the gamut of technologies, both real and imagined.
If you are interested in participating in our February Exhibition, The Robo Show, put your name, email and links to your blog or website in the comments by December 18th!
We'll be jurying the show by Monday, December 21st, and sending out an email to all participating artists with all of the info they'll need to participate on that date! We'll also post all of the contributing artist's names on the blog as well!
This exhibition will be a print-show featuring illustrations of all original robotic content (sorry, no pop-culture IPs for this one!) All participating artists will be asked to send a digital file of their work and we'll be printing the gallery copy for everyone for free so it is a little easier to participate! No need to send anything physical to the gallery! All participating artist details will be emailed out to everyone after the December 21st date.
If you're interested in participating, please note that all final art will be due to the gallery by January 26th, so please keep that in mind when signing up!
The show will be displayed both in our brick-and-mortar gallery in lovely (and cold) Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as permanently archived on our gallery site for everyone that can't make it to the opening! Artists will have the option of selling work through our print-on-demand shop, and will be able to price their work as they see fit! More info will be provided to all participating artists as the call ends!
Thanks again, you guys! We are really looking forward to it!
Questions? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!