Opening Reception: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through February 27 Gualala Arts Center
Update: Photos below are from the exhibit
& comments on the exhibit added (bottom of page)
"All art is confrontational, everything else is decoration."
- Doric T. Jemison-Ball II
The Confrontational Art exhibit is intended to attract and exhibit the work of local and regional artists that pushes the boundaries of form and content; work which addresses social, political, cultural and/or aesthetic issues.
For this exhibit, we are looking for work that tends to subvert, rather than reflect cultural norms, that shocks or disturbs rather than soothes. We see this exhibit as an opportunity to explore the entire notion of freedom of expression, where it comes from, who grants it, and what, if any, are its limitations.
Some of areas of expression we are encouraging artists to explore are:
War and Politics
The Social and Human Condition
Gender Issues: Sexuality and Psychosexuality
Popular and Material Culture
Art and Aesthetics.
Since we are assuming that some of the potential submissions may not have had opportunity to be exhibited previously, we are lifting the customary limitation that work submitted must have been completed in the last two years. This exhibit will accept any work, regardless of age, as long as it has not been previously shown on the Mendonoma Coast, the artist is still living, and has the curators' approval.
This exhibit will nor be juried or judged. The curators are planning on working closely with participating artists to select work that will provide the richest and most representative content consistent with the theme of the exhibit. To this end, the curators will be guided by available space and achieving the highest quality exhibit, so entering more than two pieces of art is possible. All media, whether 2-D or 3-D is welcome.
"Many, many thanks to you and Sharon for such a fantastic show! I hope
Confrontational Arts become an annual exhibit. It's so nice to come home
from an opening and want to talk about every piece (in a positive way).
"Congratulations to you both for a great opening and provocative
exhibition... I need to return so as to look more closely at each piece
without the crowd."
"Your show is the best one Gualala Arts has ever had! Hands down. So many pieces, each so perfectly shown. Each as professional as the next. So varied in media and yet every one is on-target. Great mix of the best local work and outside contributions. I feel you have put Gualala Arts Center on the map with this show! Cannot praise it enough. This is THE benchmark show to which all the rest will be compared. Am so eager to go back and take the time to absorb each entry.
This is the show that will make GA history! How perfect that it comes this year! It only took the organization 50 years to get to this point!"
Confrontational Art Exhibit
Gualala Arts Center February, 2011
Artists Speak - part 1
Artists Speak - part 2
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