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OPEN CALL for ART: Unreliable Narrator


Visual Artists: CALL FOR ENTRIES

EXHIBITION: Unreliable Narrator
ENTRIES DUE: September 7, 2017
EXHIBITION DATES: October 13 to December 8, 2017

Art House Gallery, 300 Coles Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310

In any narrative, the audience tends to trust that the narrator is telling the truth. However, there are many instances in creative endeavors and in historical accounts, where it becomes clear that the narrator’s story is no longer reliable, and as such becomes suspect. As much as any medium, visual art can be subject to the distorted vision of the creator. A visual artist is not necessarily a documentarian, and has great license to modify reality to their vision. Today, when we look at Hieronymus Bosch, we don’t take his visions of Hell and the trials of Earth literally. However, when he painted them his viewers did indeed believe Bosch, and that his horrible depictions were the results of the wages of sin. So, the idea of “unreliable” can change over time. We don’t experience Georgio de Chirico’s work as literal, but there is a mood of truth, a mystery we dread. Neo Rauch, gives us a vision of communist social realism, but interspersed throughout the larger image are smaller vignettes that undermine the truth of the narrative. Kara Walker with her seemingly whimsical silhouettes, undermines the accepted truth of American history to tell a more difficult and larger truth. The notion that “history is recorded by the victors” gives us pause. What are the alternative points of view; what are those missing histories and who tells those stories?

Art House Gallery, is looking for work that speaks to the theme of the Unreliable Narrator and the slippery question of what is truth. We are interested in alternative histories, missing and underrepresented histories, and changeable truths. A broad approach to the theme is encouraged. All media are welcome. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition will be part of the Jersey City Artist and Studio Tour. 

The exhibition is curated from the open call. This approach is distinct from a juried exhibition. Art House Gallery calls are an opportunity to look beyond established networks to bring together a diverse group of artists. The curation team is rigorous in the service of the artists, the exhibition and audience. In addition to the quality of the work, balance, space and other factors influence final selections. This means some excellent and appropriate work may not ultimately be included. We hope all the artists submitting work understand this and continue to respond to future calls.

MEDIA/DIMENSIONS: All media will be considered. Please provide accurate dimensions and installation views if needed. Include framed/final installation dimensions. Work that does not match the dimensions submitted may be excluded from exhibition.

ELIGIBILITY: All artists working in any media.

FEES: NO FEE TO ENTER, accepted artists contribute a materials fee of $35.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than September 7, 2017.

SUBMISSIONS: Please include all information. Late, incomplete, or web link submissions will not be considered or responded to. (Exception: video artists may include online links to their work.)

1. Up to 5 images. Postal submissions should include 35mm slides or letter sized color printouts. Do not send original artwork. Digital file submissions will only be accepted via email and must be in JPEG or PDF format, resolution set to 72 dpi, no larger than 800 X 800 pixels and no larger than 2MB. Please number images to correspond to Image List. 

2. Image list. Numbered to correspond with your image submissions. Include image #, your name, title, date of work, media, framed size. You may include a brief description for each image, however this isn’t required.

3. One page résumé and 3-line bio. Include your contact information and an email address.

4. Artist’s statement. No longer than 1 page.

RETURN OF SUBMISSION MATERIALS: Include a SASE if you want your materials returned. Make sure there is sufficient postage. Materials without postage will not be returned.

NOTIFICATION: Accepted artists will be notified via email by September 11, 2017.

NOTE: Accepted artists must confirm their participation and ability to meet all deadlines by September 13 and provide a print-quality digital image for the catalogue by September 15. (The artist or the artist’s representative must meet all deadline dates, including drop off and pickup. We cannot offer alternative dates/times. Production time is short and staff is limited.)

DROP OFF: Drop off of accepted artwork will be Saturday, October 7, noon to 2pm at Art House Gallery. All mailed artwork must arrive by October 5 latest and include return shipping label/postage/etc.

PICK UP: Artists (or their representative) are responsible for picking up artwork on December 9, noon to 2pm. Return of mailed artwork with return postage will begin on December 11, 2017.


Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A128841263846975%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D