EDIT: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED THIS CALL FOR ARTISTS!
WE ARE CURRENTLY JURYING AND WILL ANNOUNCE THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS SHORTLY!
CALL FOR ARTISTS ENDS APRIL 11th!
Hiding in Plain Sight
a group exhibition about blending in
Opens May 26th 7-10pm
Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis Minnesota 55406
I sent her a text yesterday, "I miss you."
I held the phone in my hand for a moment, looking for the little text bubble to flicker on screen. My nerves are hot wires. Please. Write back, please. I stare at the left side of my screen and try to will a message -- it never comes. There's a heavy feeling in my chest where a fuzzy haze used to be. I begin to loathe myself. I've left this little blue bubble in perpetual loneliness next to the other string of emotional ghosts from a few days ago, a few weeks ago.
I've been holding on for too long. I wish I could erase this evidence of my weakness. I know she saw it. She has to have seen it. I can't tell what's worse, delete it? Leave it? I feel like I'm going to throw up. Why can't she see me...?
Let's hide under these sheets and imagine the world outside won't ever come calling. Let me wrap my arms around you and we'll close our eyes. No one will find us here. I'll call in sick. It's your day off. We belong here. A thin stream of mid-day light breaks free through the crack in the blinds and scans the room like a laser yet we remain elusive. "Let's stay here together until everyone forgets us."
We breathe in unison and sink into one another-- We transform, evolve, transcend, and disappear.
What does it mean to be invisible? For the month of May, we're looking for artists to explore the concepts of blending in, assimilating, and adopting. Whatever the reason, we're constantly in hiding in one way or another. Do you cover up or modify pieces of yourself to fit your surroundings? What is a true covert operation? From diverting attention to acts of deception -- the art of camouflage spans the political, aesthetic, scientific, magical, psychological and social realms. So what about our invisibility cloaks, the masks we wear, the movie-theatre carpet, the fake-it-til-you-make-it mentality?
So, let's delve into the psychology of it all and create works that help explain why we strive to blend in.
During the same timeframe as the CAMOUFLAGE exhibition, Light Grey Art Lab will be hosting additional collections by naturalist, Matt Moss and photographer Tanner Johnson, the wonderful field-guide illustrations of Kelsey Oseid, a wonderful collection of travelogue moments from Carrie Liao, and a retrospective exhibition by the 2016 LGAL Iceland Residency Program artists-in-residence. We'll have a huge meet & greet on opening night, where you can meet a bunch of these wonderful people that will be coming to town to celebrate the big reception with us! So, if you've been looking for an excuse to fly out and see what Minneapolis is all about, this would be an awesome weekend to do it.
We are looking for artists to create works in any medium (narrative, illustrative, sculptural, patterns, embroidery, prints, paintings, comics, fashion, fabrics and anything else you can think of --- ) to help us explain this phenomenon. We will be asking each participating artist to submit one piece of work alongside their own thoughts of what camouflage means to them. Details on how to submit work, shipping to the gallery, deadlines and dates, and any other information about the show will be provided to the participating artists at the close of the call and a formal blog post will accompany the announcement!
If you are interested in exploring this topic with us -- put your name and links in the COMMENTS SECTION (please don't email your submission because it gets lost in my crazy inbox! Sorry!) like this by APRIL 11th:
HELPFUL DATES & DEADLINES:
APRIL 11 - call closes
APRIL 28th - paperwork due to the gallery
MAY 4 - optional promotional images due
MAY 12 - final artwork due to the gallery
MAY 26 - opening reception!
This show is open to all creatives from anywhere in the world! If you have any questions at all regarding the exhibition, or how to be involved, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks so much!