Weschler Rubeck, Blue Evolution
July 15, 2014
August 27–September 20, 2014
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
The Nave Gallery Annex (Somerville, MA) invites artists to participate in the curated exhibition Magic Without Tricks.
: A special power, influence, or skill
: A quality of being beautiful and delightful in a way that seems remote from daily life
First Known Use: 14th century
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” —Yeats
What is magic? The quest to perceive, conjure, capture and bottle it has persisted through the ages, intensifying during societal seismic shifts. It’s been the provenance of artists and imposters, saints and witches, scientists and charlatans, and all of those looking to enchant, transform, and transcend the realm of reality. The common fascination of this uncommon cast of characters is the mystery at the heart of magic. We toss around the word to describe a simple trick or a transformational influence, an optical illusion or tangible change. We don’t quite know how it works, yet we all want to experience it. Perhaps this is our way of searching for the extraordinary in ordinary places.
Artists, consciously or unconsciously, dabble in magic. They borrow signs and symbols, and plant symbolic language, like seeds, into our hearts and minds to offer us new perceptions, and how this happens is…well, a little like magic. To the searching viewer an art work may yield the secrets of the artist’s craft without losing its “magical” power. Is this what separates real magic from mere trickery? Does the difference matter?
There is a $15 entry fee payable through PayPal.
A maximum of 5 pieces may be entered for consideration.
Submissions will be accepted through July 15, 2014.
The Nave Gallery will retain a 30% commission for work sold.
Artist is responsible for cost of shipping work to and from the gallery.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:
Please send up to five artwork submissions as .jpg files to email@example.com.
Each .jpg file should be 1200 pixels in the long dimension and named as “#_NAME.jpg” where # is the submission number and NAME is your last name.
Include an image list with your jpeg submission email, indicating submission number, title, size, process and year, as well as a brief artist bio and statement.
There is a $15 submission fee, payable through Paypal. Please include “Magic” in the memo.
Accepted pieces should be delivered to the Nave Gallery Annex located in Davis Square (53 Chester St, Somerville, MA) ready to install.
Deadline for entries: July 15, 2014
Notification: August 1, 2014
Artwork drop off: TBD
Exhibition dates: August 27–September 20, 2014
Opening Reception: August 27, 2014
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Arlinda Shtuni is a Boston-based curator and editor. She believes real discoveries happen in the in-between space, otherwise known as the margins of disciplines. And so she has dabbled across mediums, acting as book editor, writer, and producer of several award-winning video projects, and most recently as a curator of a salon series that brings together visual artists and writers to investigate topics such as: travel, confinement, intoxication and others.