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Art & Activism with Adbusters, Brandalism And Center For Political Beauty

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NESTLED IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES AT 750M ALTITUDE, 10KM FROM THE SPANISH BORDER AND SURROUNDED BY SNOWCAPPED PEAKS, WATERFALLS AND FORESTS, IS THE PICTURESQUE THERMAL TOWN OF AULUS-LES-BAINS. IN THE TOWN, HOUSED IN A BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED 19TH CENTURY HOTEL, IS CAMP - THE FIRST OF A NEW BREED OF ARTS RESIDENCY.  CAMP RUNS A SHORT SERIES OF FIVE-DAY ARTS, MUSIC, WRITING AND ARTS-ACTIVIST SESSIONS. THESE ARE NO ORDINARY COURSES - THEY ARE INTENSE, ARTISTIC CATALYSTS RUN BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PRACTITIONERS; CREATIVE FLASHPOINTS DESIGNED TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF EVERYONE INVOLVED. THE COURSES COMBINE WORK IN OUR WELL EQUIPPED FACILITIES WITH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS 

Climate change, Trump, Brexit, the rise of the right wing, increasing poverty and the increasingly desperate thrashing of late-stage capitalism - the old debate of the artist as societal mirror or social pioneer is becoming more and more obsolete as the reality becomes clearer - there is no political art, there is no activist art - all art is political, all art is politically active. The only question is - what kind of social statement is the artist making? The production of decorative canvases intended to adorn the walls of the wealthy is an active social statement. The creative hijacking of corporate advertising and communications is another.

This session will examine the responsibility of the artist in our epoque, and the opportunities for protest and social change available to active, creative individuals and collectives. It will be carried out by three of the most dynamic collectives active in the diverse fields of humanitarian / anti-capitalist / anti-corporate art: Adbusters, Brandalism and the Center for Political Beauty.

Brandalism is an international collective of artists that challenge corporate power in public space around the world. Corporate advertising influences every aspect of our modern lives: from how we feel about ourselves; our bodies; our understandings of gender, race and class; through to our perceptions of others and the world we live in. Building resistance and resilience to corporate power is at the heart of the culture wars in the 21st century so with nothing more than high-vis jackets, special keys, and shared creative principles we create the world's largest ad takeovers that hold corporate power to account. Read more about Brandalism here: http://brandalism.ch/manifesto/

Brandalism will share tactics and approaches that allow diverse artists to hack the city, challenge corporate power, and get away clean. Expect a deep dive into a range of forms of critical public art and the socio-political history of each. We'll explore solo vs collective actions, subversive tactics and more. Brandalism will also provide practical (action-led) trainings, ensuring participants have a range of resources that enable all participants to begin hacking the city where they live.

Adbusters is a global network of artists, activists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers, and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order. Our media foundation publishes a bi-monthly magazine and invents cultural campaigns that explore the erosion of the mental and physical environment by commercial forces. 

"To resist evil is the highest achievement of human life." - Chris Hedges

As artists, you hold the power of persuasion and perspective changing. Through visual communication, you influence the way people think, feel, and act. How will you employ your skills for radical good and resist the pull of the corporate consumerist tide? Dayna Mahannah and Maggie McPhee are the campaign and project managers at Adbusters magazine. Their recent campaign, the First Things First Project, zeroes in on the ethics of the design industry and its responsibility to humanity, the economy, and the environment.

Adbusters is keen to express, through this workshop, theoretical and actionable skills inspired by the themes of expectations (and the value of subverting them), non-linear chronology (structural anarchy), and responsibility. Using the FTF Project, as well as historical and contemporary design revolutions, as examples of small scale resistance with huge impacts, you will be accoutred with the knowledge to culture jam any space. Together, we'll examine the effects of design & visual art - both good and bad - and how it exists in and narrates every facet of our lives. Find out more at abillionpeople.org

The Center for Political Beauty (ZPS) is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. The group's basic understanding is that the legacy of the Holocaust is rendered void by political apathy, the rejection of refugees and cowardice. It believes that Germany should not only learn from its History but also take action. For their part in the session, ZPS representatives Gabriela Langholf and Lotta Dorte will work with the group to form new ways to put humanistic ideals into action, looking at the ZPS's past works and intellectual foundations, then taking the results forward to create new concepts and help participants bring their own ideas into action.

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07/24/2019
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RISE: Empower, Change and Action!

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RISE: Empower, Change and Action! Deadline 4/21/18

Imagine creating positive change through art!

How do we listen, speak our minds, and collaborate across the generations, race, identity and culture? How do we build and empower our future, both locally and globally?

RISE: Empower, Change and Action! seeks to bring artists into dialogue and to bring forth what is important to self, community, our nation and the world at large through art that reflects and addresses complex socio-cultural issues and focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future, particularly for self-identified women and girls as well as their families. It is underpinned by the feminist principle that believes in political, economic and social equality for all.

Manifestations of empowerment can include gender equality; economic independence, education, access to health care, reproductive rights, human rights, freedom of expression, changing gender roles, and breaking gender and race stereotypes. Art submissions can range from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and include social and political commentary. The show looks to include the more abstract ideals and universal themes of peace, exploration of belief systems, universal responsibility, and the search for beauty, and transcendence. Artists may submit works that are a source of healing, hope and compassion or instruments of growth, self-discovery, and social or political transformation. We welcome art that reflects personal as well as observed stories, whether myth, fact or fiction.

RISE aims to emphasize the commonalities of our human experience.

Art can be a powerful, productive force and instrumental in sparking change or critical thinking. Through this exhibition, we are committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism and bring to light issues and concerns, art can effect change.

 

VENUE: Whitney Modern, 24 N Santa Cruz Ave. 2nd Floor, Los Gatos, CA 95030
 

Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery is committed to engaging the community through the creative experience by showcasing thought provoking, collectible works of art from internationally recognized, mid-career and emerging contemporary fine artists. Whitney Modern offers an unparalleled upstairs exhibition space, qualified art consultation and staging services for established and new collectors, and professional promotion of fine art by presenting energetic exhibition schedules that introduce the Silicon Valley to the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

With the Santa Cruz Mountains as a backdrop, Los Gatos is a charming, historic community for art, wine, and shopping located in Silicon Valley​. (FYI, there is no elevator to the second floor gallery space) 

DATES OF EXHIBITION: July 18 – August 31, 2018 

RECEPTION:  Saturday, July 21, 2018 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries must be completed by April 21st at 11:59 PM in your time zone. 
                                                   
ELIGIBILITY:  Artists residing in the United States. 

FROM THE ACCEPTED ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION, ONE ARTIST WILL BE CHOSEN by Suzanne Whitney-Smedt, owner of Whitney Modern, TO HAVE A TWO-WEEK SHOW at Whitney Modern in the summer of 2019. All selections for RISE will be made by the exhibition curators. 

In addition, three SPECIAL AWARD JURORS will view the works and choose one piece each to receive acknowledgement, and prominent display in the catalog, website and social media sites of Whitney Modern and Gutfreund Cornett Art. 

This project will include a fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on women and girls’ empowerment focused on bringing awareness to issues of self-identified women and a variety of programming. Details will be provided as these are developed. 

 

EXHIBITION CURATORS:
Works will be selected by the four curators for the exhibition. From this selection, the Special Award Jurors will each choose a piece they feel exemplifies the theme of this exhibition. All decisions are final. One artist will be chosen by the Whitney Modern Gallery for a two-week exhibition in the summer of 2019. 

Suzanne Whitney-Smedt is Owner and Director of Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery (see Venue information). She is past Vice President of the Whitney Foundation, which helps fund and supplement those educational, health and housing projects that bring about positive changes in peoples’ lives.

Marianne McGrath is Curator of Art at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). Her passion for art and art education motivates her work as a curator, consultant and art advisor. Prior to her position at NUMU, she served as Education Curator and Associate Art Curator at The Museums of Los Gatos. Her professional experience includes work as an independent curator, art historian, teacher and designer.  Ms. McGrath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and holds a Master of Arts in Art History. 

Gutfreund Cornett Art is an independent curatorial partnership between Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett which specializes in creating exhibitions on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness, encourage social change. Past exhibitions have focused on democracy, social justice, feminism and immigration issues. GutfreundCornettArt.com. 

 

SPECIAL AWARD JURORS: 
 

Joan McLoughlin
Owner, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco.
The McLoughlin Gallery is contemporary art gallery serving as a site for exhibitions and public programs working with established international and local mid-career and emerging contemporary artists. We represent and promote artists working in a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. The mission for the gallery is to promote works and exhibitions with a social conscience and with plans to give back to the community. The gallery features established, European artists and emerging artists in the United States.

Jessica Porter
Executive Director of NY Artists Equity Association and Owner, Porter Advisory, New York City
Jessica L. Porter is the Executive Director of New York Artists Equity Association, Inc (NYAEA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City.  Porter maintains her own consulting company since 2001, Porter Advisory, working with organizations and other galleries as an independent curator, creating exhibitions in alternative spaces and exposing emerging artists to unique opportunities. She advises emerging artists on career development, marketing and strategic growth and guides collectors and institutions through art selection processes and investment. From 2006 to 2017, Porter founded and directed Porter Contemporary, a Chelsea art gallery, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, business development and market growth, marketing and communications as well as talent acquisition and development of the gallery.

David Weinberg
Executive Director, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago.
David Weinberg is the Executive Director of a contemporary art gallery originally debuted in 2006 as David Weinberg Collection in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  In 2016, the space became Weinberg/Newton Gallery, having taken on a new mission focused on social justice issues. The change reflected and acknowledged the influence of attorney and philanthropist Jerry Newton on the gallery’s work, particularly in building relationships with partner non-profit organizations. Newton actively has been involved with organizations including the ACLU of Illinois, Human Rights Watch, and Personal PAC for more than four decades. Together, David Weinberg and Jerry Newton have guided the Weinberg/Newton Family Foundation since 2009. David’s commitment to educational reform and passion for social justice is at the core of the gallery's mission. Weinberg/Newton Gallery aims to create space for dialogue about the many social justice issues that concern our local Chicago community and beyond. In collaboration with artists and non-profit organizations, we work to cultivate a culture of consciousness and inspire change by way of exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, artist talks, and more.

 

NOTIFICATION OF SELECTIONS: May 18, 2018 
 

MEDIA ACCEPTED: 
Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, video, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, performance, artist book. No giclees of original works are permitted. Giclees as part of a mixed-media work are acceptable. 

​Gallery will exercise the right to reject any work that does not accurately represent the submitted image. 

NONREFUNDABLE ENTRY FEES: 
$35/entry [students email us at GutfreundCornettArt@gmail.com for reduced $15/entry instructions]
Fee is per entry for up to three pieces of art per entry. Payments to be made through PayPal only. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal. No refunds will be made after the jurying process has begun. 

CATALOG: We will create both print and online catalogs. Print catalog will be available through Amazon.com 

SALES OF ART: All sales will be handled by Whitney Modern with 50% going to the artist and 50% to the gallery. 

 READ MORE AND ENTER HERE: https://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/call-for-art-rise.html

 

 

 

Deadline: 
04/21/2018
Fee Detail: 
$35

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