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Together in Isolation
December 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely
Open call to all artists of all mediums to participate safely in a group exhibition.
To continue creativity while participating in an exhibition that mirrors our collective experiences.
To produce a long term record of this time of isolation, hardship, and sadness.
To find glimmers of hope.
Dates: from April 25th 2020 for as long as is needed.
The overall exhibition is intended to be an ongoing record of this time. Art works will be accepted through out the life of this exhibition.
Anyone who wishes to participate is asked to make a piece inside a small box (vitrine). The top of the vitrine is a window that when buried in the ground allows the viewer to look inside. Each box will be illuminated by a solar powered light that will also be buried next to the vitrine. The site for this mass exhibition is the grounds of The Re Institute, a 32 acre farm/alternative gallery. The show will, when appropriate, be open to the public as an outdoor walking experience. The gallery is located in rural Dutchess County, near the corner of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The show will launch without an opening or audience. The drop off of the boxes can happen by mail or as a curbside pickup/drop off.
I foresee a time when people could view the installation in very low numbers. This will only happen when the public can go to outdoor spaces once again in New York State. The gallery will set up a timed entry method using an online calendar. The guests will walk the grounds as they follow a map or just roam. The boxes are buried in the ground with just the top window visible. The solar light is buried to one side of each box with its solar collector just above the ground. Each piece has a flag marking its spot in the environment. At night the landscape gently glows from the indirect light of the buried boxes.
The exhibition is seen as a permanent documentation of our times. The exhibition will formally end when we can gather in a large group and have a closing party. After this end event the exhibition will be dug up and stored. If in the future, a venue can be found the exhibition will be reburied. To facilitate these long term hopes the works of art will not be returned to the artist, nor will they be for sale. The art created and donated will remain a record of this unique time in our history.
Monetary donations to this project will help fund artists who cannot afford the entry fee. Donations will also help the gallery offset the costs of installation, ground maintenance, and long term archival preservation.
Thoughts that may help the artist as they make their box:
1. Everyone is an artist.
2. We are all working alone, each of us in our own studio/home. The isolation of our studios is echoed in the placement of the boxes across the landscape.
3. The box is chosen for its versatility to all artistic art processes. The box will allow artists that normally do not make outdoor work to also participate in this exhibition. A drawing, a painting, a photograph, or a poem placed in the bottom of the box could all work to capture these times.
4. We all dream of being back in a world where our art can be experienced by others. The architecture of these dreams is often the white walled rooms of a gallery. A space where our friends all gather to see what we have made. The box and its interior space is a metaphor for this architecture that we dream of.
5. We strive to record our lives and to bring meaning to the present. We do this through the production of artifact. Some of the work presented may talk directly to the experience of loss and isolation. Other pieces may be the record of one artist’s present interests. Some may be a wonderful treasure that the finder/participant will be given as reward for their search.
6. This may be a time of mass burial. The small cemetery near where I live recently set out flags demarcating the rows for future grave sites. This exhibition with its individual art objects may stand in for a similar act of reverence.
7. As humans, what we bury has always been deeply important to us. Think of the amazing Ice Age carving of swimming reindeer at the British Museum. The reindeer sculpture has no practical purpose. Yet it completely links us with humanity 50,000 years ago.
8. The landscape will not be changed by this installation. The lands natural beauty will still be the most prominent aspect of what one sees in the environment. This will echo the way public spaces now feel, empty of human presence.
Ways to participate:
If you do not want to make a box you may donate to The Re Institute so that this project can subsidize artists that could not otherwise participate.
You can buy a box and light from the gallery for $30.
You can buy a box and light from the gallery and also donate to this project, any amount over $30.
You can buy your own box and pay the gallery for a solar light, retro fitting of the top with clear plastic and installation of the vitrine. 15$
Please use a “Sterilite” 20 quart. Click here for example
You can make your own box. Then pay the gallery for a solar light and installation of the vitrine. 15$
The box needs to be no bigger than 16” x 11” x 11” deep. If you ship the gallery art to install in a box, the art cannot be larger than 12”x 8.75” x 8.75”deep. Please leave a 2.5” clear circle on the long side of the box for the buried light to shine through. This opening needs to be 1” down from the top of the box.
You can either ship your box to the gallery or drop it off.
You can send your art work through the mail and the gallery will install your work in a vitrine. $30 plus shipping. The inside of the box is smaller than the outside. Art can not be larger than 12”x 8.75” x 8.75”deep.
If you would like to participate but are financially unable to, please email [email protected] .
Additional aspects of the exhibition:
The overall project will be documented on the website of The Re Institute.
Artists will be asked to provide both an image of their work, and a short video of the artist at work in their studio. Click here to see a sample video.
Submission process: You must do all five steps.
The steps are also found @ http://thereinstitute.com/submission.html
Everyone is accepted into this show.
1: Make arrangements to pay for and pick up a box. CLICK HERE to go to the calendar. This is the first step even if you are sending your art by mail or are sending a finished box you bought on your own or made yourself. You will take a 5 min time slot on the calendar even if you are not picking up a box.
2: Fill out the entry form. CLICK HERE
3: Create your piece inside the vitrine.
4: Document the work. Upload your photo and video. CLICK HERE
5: Make arrangements to drop off your piece CLICK HERE
Or DONATE :
You can donate through the button above or
Venmo using @Henry-Klimowicz-1
Or send a check to The Re Institute, 1395 Boston Corners Rd, Millerton, NY 12546.
This exhibition is open to anyone who would like to document their creative process and in so doing join with others in this collective isolation.