Hello! We're very excited for you to participate in the Skate or Die Exhibition! Below you'll find all of the information about the exhibition, the deadlines leading up to the show, and many of the specifics about artwork creation, sales, the gallery, and the event! Please note that near the bottom you'll find the gallery contract and two artist information forms for you to fill out. The contract and the first form is used to set up your place in the exhibition, and to help us connect with you on our social media! Please fill out this form as soon as you are able. You'll find the deadlines for the paperwork and the art below as well! Thanks and we're so happy to be showing with you!
Once we receive your files we'll respond to let you know if we have any questions about your work and if everything looks ok!
Skate or Die
Opening Reception Friday, October 10th
Runs through November 7th, 2014
7 - 10 pm @ Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA • 1.612.239.2047
Deadlines and Dates:
SEPT 19th: (This Friday)
The first big deadline will be this Friday, September 19th : for all of your paperwork!
I'll be sending over an online form for you tomorrow that will ask you for some information so we can start building didactics, shop info and the online gallery for you.
Watch for it shortly and fill it out as soon as you have a moment!
Monday SEPT 22:
Please do me a favor and, if you have a paypal account, please send your payment of $25 to firstname.lastname@example.org through Paypal as soon as you have a moment so we can secure your board!
We'll be putting in our order for the blank decks that evening so we can get them in time for the exhibition, so please help us out and send that over as soon as you can!
We are putting in one big order that day, so we want to make sure we have everyone covered!
If you have any trouble with Paypal, please let us know and we'll try to work something out!
Wednesday OCT 1st:
This is the last day we can receive artwork for the exhibition since we have to get everything varnished and ready for the show! Jenny and I will be assembling all of your decks by hand that weekend and are really looking forward to install week starting the following Monday!
We extended the date to help make up taking a little bit longer than we intended to get back to everyone from the call for art.
For the month of October, our walls at Light Grey will be lined with artist designed decks with a macabre undertone!
In the late 80s/ early 90's I had a Powell Peralta. That skateboard was probably the most metal thing I've ever owned in my life. It was an old-school board, nearly as heavy as I was, and twice as thick. I could barely get it off the ground but I loved it to death. I felt like a beast when I held it, covered in bruises and scabs from practicing kickflips. I was never very good, but I still remember coveting my "I wish my boyfriend could skate" shirt, and the excitement of sending Thrasher my envelope drawings, hoping they'd get published in the next issue.
In honor of the most metal of months (October, obviously) we're hosting a new exhibition featuring your artwork gracing 7-ply Canadian Maple 'canvases'. Make it dark, make it paranormal, or make it a throwback to the good ol' days whenThey Live and Return of the Living Dead were our go-to movies for a Friday Night… We're looking for artists that want to join forces for a Halloween exhibition that will make you... flip.
The Skate Or Die exhibition launches just as we get our minds set on cooler weather, bonfires and creepy stories near the railroad tracks. Do you have an irrational fear of the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors (Francesca does)? Or maybe a favorite scene from a slasher flick you just can't purge from your brain at night? Sorcery and hexes, superstitions, nature's bizarre and unexplained phenomena, and history's most nefarious circumstances are all fair game. Let's bring your phobias, urban legends and nightmares to life, how you dissect the project is up to you.
So put on your "time-to-die" playlist and let's get dark.
THERE ARE ONLY A COUPLE MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE SHOW:
• The designs can be either vertical or horizontal. Once you've chosen which orientation you'd prefer, please note it on the shared google doc so we can plan the space accordingly.
• Also make sure you take into consideration where the trucks will be when the board is assembled. This isn't crucial for the exhibition as we'll be showing the decks without hardware, but it may be nice for a person who wishes to purchase your board.
•••••••• YOU CAN PLAN TO INCLUDE AREAS OF YOUR DESIGN THAT ARE "TRANSPARENT" -- AND THAT SHOW THE WOODGRAIN OF THE BOARD. We are using decals that are translucent so any places you leave white will look "wood" colored. The wood is a very light color and will not affect the color of your design much at all, however; if you feel like planning something special, please note that each board has a different grain and we can't plan for the pattern or darkness of the grain. ••••••••
Artwork Files should be 300dpi CMYK Photoshop, PDF, TIFF or JPEG files --- or AI files.
We can do either Vertical or Horizontal Orientations for this project, but we'll need to know which one you pick!
Make sure you head over to the google doc and write down which one you prefer!
PRINT SIZE is 9.5 x 32.5 inches
BOARD SIZE is 7.75" x 31.5" unless you specify that you'd rather have a different size!
For those of you that skate that want a very specific size, here are your other options.
Please note which one you want on the shared google doc. If you have no preference, we will be ordering you the standard 7.75" x 31.5" size.
The diagram below is just to help visualize how the size of the print varies from the board. The outer light grey line shows the "print on demand" print. This artwork can go all the way up to the edges of the art board size. We will be listing both a print and the deck version of the work on the online shop so people may choose either one.
Please note that the darker grey line shows a safe-zone for essential parts of the design. Because we are unable to know exactly how the decal will lie on the curved parts of the design, we advise not to put any borders, type, or any other essential graphics along the edges of the artwork. The most usable designs will be those that are able to be cropped without compromising the work -- AND-- the print looks intentional when not in a skateboard shape. If you have any questions about this, please let me know and I'd love to help you!
SHARING IS CARING:
Sometimes it's great to be able to talk with everyone in the show! We love the idea so much that we set up a shared google doc for you guys to post notes about what you're doing, what you might be drawing, topics or anything else on there. Feel free to use it if you'd like to share what you think you might be making with the other artists.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THIS GOOGLE DOC TO LOOK FOR YOUR NOTES ABOUT ORIENTATION OF THE BOARD AS WELL AS OTHER DETAILS AS WE PLAN.
Click HERE to view the shared google doc!
You are welcome to send the files via yousendit, wetransfer, or dropbox to email@example.com if you have any trouble uploading it via the art upload form. I know in the past people have preferred this to sending it over the form. No problem! Just send us an email!
The artwork will be shown in the gallery a little differently for this exhibition. We will be creating small vignettes for each artist's collection. One piece of each item will be created for the exhibition. This original set is being created with donated materials by Lindsay Nohl.
The items will be available for sale online as well as in the gallery, and every item that is sold past the original item will be made to order. We will make every effort to sell the original gallery pieces, however, if the items do not sell within the month of the exhibition, We will leave the items in our gallery shop for an additional 6 months. If the originals do not sell by January 1, 2015, we will contact each artist to ship them the remaining items.
Artists are welcome to price the prints as they wish. We have a 60%/40% split in favor of the artists, with a small paper and ink fee ($3 / print) for each print sold. Print on demand prints will be available to all artists that wish to sell archival prints of their work as well as the decks. We will be asking for more information on pricing and details of the work when you upload your artwork on OCT 1.
We have large format archival printers at Light Grey and often offer print on demand options for the 2d artwork shows. We fill all orders for you as pieces are purchased and all prints come poly-bagged and shipped in a rigid mailer.
The decks will be sold at a flat rate of $65 per deck. As decks are sold, you will receive $20 for each deck sale. We are only making one deck for the exhibition initially, but additional decks may be sold through the shop and we will custom make them per order.
Please let us know if you have any question about pricing your work and we'd be happy to help!
If you wish to send promotional materials to the gallery we would be happy to include your business cards or postcards in the packages with orders as well as provide them to gallery visitors!
Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA
Do you have a tumblr / twitter / blog / other social media site we can follow?
There will be a place on the Artist Information form where you can let us know! We want to re-blog any of your process, previews, or announcements! Please tag us on any of your posts and we will help spread the word!
We LOVE process posts, and will happily share them with all of our followers and promote your blogs. Please do us a favor and wait to share your final piece until we have sent out links to your image on the shop and online. We release this information about a week before the show and will keep you up to date!
Here is where to find us
Are you interested in an interview? We will be looking for artists that would like to talk about their work, their practice or anything else. We'll be reaching out to people for Q&As as well as for potential features on our podcast.
If you wish to purchase your own items, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide an artists's discount to you! Thanks again for your time and we're very excited about the show!
PAYMENT & FOLLOW-UP!
After the exhibition closes we'll tally up all sales and send emails out to everyone letting you know about your sales. Artists will receive payment for their sales within a month of the exhibition closing along with a statement of sales for your records.
In the event that you board doesn't sell during the exhibition, we may be able to try to sell it through the gallery shop for an extended duration if you do not wish to ship it back right away. We will be in contact after the show to discuss options for boards that do not sell.
Click to download our GALLERY CONTRACT here.
(Once you have completed the contract, please upload it when filling out the artist information below.)
Thanks, Everyone! Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll be here to help you with anything you need as we get closer to the show! Thanks again!
---Lindsay Nohl email@example.com