What is art?
It might seem like a ridiculous question to ask, but we think otherwise. We think it gets dismissed or taken for grated too often. We are not asking the question because we want the answer. On the contrary, we are asking the question because we want more questions. 'What is art?' is more a conversation than a question. The beautiful thing in trying to answer it is that the conversation can lead you towards opposite ends of a spectrum. Could a blue painting prevent a war? Could a marble sculpture reform religion? Could an abstract shape prevent suicide? OPEN16 is an open call that invites artists, creative individuals, and/or anyone interested in creating and thinking to take part in this conversation about limitless boundaries of art. OPEN16 is not going to answer any questions, come up with an explanation, or solve your problems, but it will help start a conversation about thoughts, colors, forms, shapes, and materials in the hopes of seeding new ideas. Not to mention the possibility of a solo show.
OPEN16 is not an open call where there are winners and losers. We are organizing an open call where every work of art plays an important roll in how we view a body of art as a whole and try to understand why some work stands out more than others. Ultimately, we can have a conversation about how it is we reached the decision of selecting one artists for a show. Open call transparency.
OPEN16, our second annual open call dedicated to universal and vast world of the arts, is now open. Any creative individual that wishes to submit work of any medium, style, shape or form is invited to participate. There is are no restrictions to content, style or medium. Our only restriction, due to the physical constraints of the gallery, is no work larger than 60” x 60” inches will be considered.
OPEN16 is an open call about art appreciation, discussion, and critique.
1st PLACE: A solo show at FRONT art space gallery and 2nd floor studio + $100
2nd PLACE: $200
3rd PLACE: $100
SELECTION OF 5-10: Selected from the 20 finalists, five to ten artists will be part of an audio discussion featuring historians, art critiques, and or gallery owners. This conversation will be audio recorded and will be part of a series of discussions available for anyone to listen to.
20 FINALISTS: Will be included in a printed publication and online exhibition. The 20 finalists will receive a free copy of the printed book.
MARINA GLUCKMAN - Art Historian | Researcher
Marina Gluckman is currently a research associate at David Zwirner Gallery in New York where she has worked since 2012. In 2011, she lived in Spain for seven months studying modern and contemporary Spanish art in Madrid and later working at the Fundación Gala Salvador Dalí in Figueres. She received her B.A. in Art History and Architectural Studies from Connecticut College, New London. Marina Gluckman was born and raised in New York City.
CRITERIA: Originality - Technical skill - Critical thinking. The criteria is only a basis for the review process. There are many factors that come into play during the jurying process. As we all know, art can be rooted in subjective ideas and critiques, especially with non-technical and abstract art. The selected artists are those who present new ideas for thoughtful conversation. Technical skill might not enough to land you a place in our top selection. We want to see ideas, we want thinkers, and we want to challenge the conventions of art. We are not here to help you decorate someones living room, although if it happens great! We are here to help you make people happy, angry, sad, and possibly even re-think the way they have been living their lives.
FRONT art space has two main exhibition spaces. The first space is the storefront gallery, as seen in the picture above, and it measures 6 feet by 6 feet and has a 12 foot tall ceiling. The second space is a second floor studio that measures 16 feet by 14 feet and has a 13 foot tall ceiling. Please keep these dimensions in mind when submitting your work.
Entry Fee is $25 for the first 5 images submitted and $5 for every additional one.
IMPORTANT DATES - CALENDAR
MARCH 6, 2016 - Submission Deadline (11:59PM)
MARCH 14, 2016 - Notification of selected artists
MARCH 26, 2016 - Deadline delivery of art work to FRONT art space
MARCH 28 to APRIL 22, 2016 - Show on view
ARPIL 14, 2016 - Opening reception
MAY 22, 2016 - Deadline to pick up work if dropped off in person
APRIL 29, 2016 - Deadline to submit high-resolution images if part of selection of 20 for printed publication
AUGUST 30, 2016 - Approximate date publication will be available
PLEASE READ THE OPEN16 GUIDELINES here BEFORE PARTICIPATING
IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE OPEN CALL YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING THREE STEPS:
1 - SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM | 2- EMAIL IMAGE AND IMAGE INFORMATION | 3- SUBMIT ENTRY PAYMENT