Do you consider yourself a local, trekking to your favorite coffee shops even in the heaviest of rainstorms, or comparing parking tactics during floods with friends and coworkers?
Whether we recognize it or not, the place in which we live and its nuances tend to seep into and shape the way we act, experience, and create art. The upcoming show Native aims to explore this very phenomenon, and asks artists to consider place, specifically this place, and the way that it affects personal practice.
Set to open at Work|Release in Februrary 2016, Native is now accepting submissions for already existing works and proposals. Please send full applications or questions to email@example.com by November 15, 2015.
About the exhibition
As a community almost entirely surrounded by water and rising sea levels, there is an ingrained lifestyle within Norfolk’s nomadic culture. Being one of the world’s largest ports creates a transient space between water and land, home and away, environment and industry. As a landing point throughout history, these waterways have been arteries that flow deep into our nation and leave Norfolk and the surrounding region brimming with history and local lore. Whether one heralds from afar or has always called Norfolk home, the social and political cartographies spill into daily life and seep into the artist’s studio. Complementing the Chrysler Museum of Art’s focus on 2016 as the Year of Water, Native will be an innate glimpse into the ways in which sea and land have a significant impact on this selection of regional artists.
Artists can submit up to three works to be considered for Native, both existing and proposed new pieces. If submitting a new proposal, a sketch and paragraph description must be included alongside several images of past and relevant work.
Please send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Images saved as name_title_#, (ex janedoe_title_image1). PDF and JPEG are accepted at 300 dpi.
· Artist statement, current CV or link to website with these materials
· Title, year, dimensions and materials for all existing works.
· Any mounting or installation specifications unique to submission, (i.e. more complex than hang on wall)
Open Call: September 15, 2015- November 15, 2015
Curatorial Selection Process and Studio Visits: November 15, 2015- December 15, 2015
Artists Notified of selection: December 15, 2015
Exhibition Dates: February 12, 2016 – March 19, 2016
About the Venue
Work|Release is an arts venue, exhibitions and event space on the first floor of the newly renovated Texaco building in Norfolk’s NEON arts district. This space fosters access to innovative, experimental and emotionally engaging contemporary art that provides a special type of renewable energy to the community.
About the Curators
The curators are contemporary artists, designers and educators living and working in Norfolk, VA. They have both been exhibited nationally and are employed at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.
Curator: Charlotte Potter
Assistant Curator: Gayle Forman