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Call for Artists – VS Lower Gallery Exhibition September 2013

August 5, 2013  by: Natalie Fleming

Cradle to Grave: Re-Appropriation, Obsolescence, and the Arts
An exhibition sponsored by the University at Buffalo Department of Art

September 25th – October 19th, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Lower Visual Studies Gallery, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo

2013 Visual Studies MFA Necole Zayatz playfully incorporates everyday objects in her work, including a Chia Pet hippo
(shown above) in her thesis show Parts Per Million: A Post-Apocalyptic Bunker

We live at a time when technology is rapidly evolving, so obtaining the latest product is as easy as pressing a button. It may be simple to acquire cutting-edge devices, but the process leaves behind a mountain of …stuff…that many of us have no idea what to do with.  We categorize previously cherished items as obsolete. Once an item falls within this category, we assume that there is only one practical response – discard the item, move on, start anew. The term’s application to an item is its death sentence.

Art, however, allows viewers to look at cast-off objects with a fresh perspective. Perhaps most famously with Marcel Duchamp, numerous artists have placed their attention on repurposing unwanted objects, and by doing so, they turn our socially-engrained hierarchy of new over old, present over past, “high” art over “low” art, on its head. Contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Tara Donovan, and Doris Salcedo, to name a few, have appropriated everyday objects into their work and managed to surprise their viewers into reconsidering the worth of the objects that surround us.

As world-wide environmental concerns and crises grow, it becomes imperative that we rethink our practices concerning consumption, accumulation, and disposal. The Cradle to Grave exhibition challenges participants to use and incorporate seemingly outdated art and technology artifacts in innovative works of art.

Call for Entries:

The UB Visual Studies Department challenges participants to use seemingly obsolete art and technology objects to create new works of art, to be displayed in an exhibition.

Rules of Entry:

Participants must choose one or more items from a collection of objects assembled by the Visual Studies Dept Staff.  Each participant must create a work of art for the exhibition that incorporates at least one of these items. Some examples of items available include: Computers, Keyboards, 35 mm Slides, USB and Power Cords, Televisions, VHS Tapes, Projectors, Video Camcorders (For a complete list, contact exhibition coordinators)

We encourage participants to develop work using novel or unconventional approaches to art. 2D or 3D, and multimedia work will be accepted.

Eligibility: Open to all


August 26 – August 30, 2013: Participants examine and choose objects from those made available by the VS Dept Staff.  These objects will be accessible in the Art Resource Center (ARC), B41, Center for the Arts, between 1:00 – 5:00 PM.

September 20 & September 23, 2013: The Art Resource Center (ARC), B41, will be open to accept completed work and entry forms on September 20th and 23rd between 9:00 AM– 6:00 PM.  Work will not be accepted if submitted later than 6:00 PM on September 23rd.

September 25, 2013: Exhibition opens.  Opening Reception from 5:00-7:00 PM

October 19, 2013: Exhibition Closes

October 21 – 25, 2013: Pick up exhibited work in Art Resource Center (ARC) B41.

Please Direct Inquiries to Exhibition Coordinators:

Natalie Fleming & Jeffery Sherven

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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