What is intent? What is the underlying driving purpose or “thought-framework” for making a mark or image on a surface or in a space? Can “intent” include the intention of having no intent? How much does habit, convention or chance dictate our action and how much comes from an original and personal sense of expressed understanding? How much comes from the unconscious or irrational fabric of our experience? Are there other ways to make a line than with a #2 pencil?
This exhibition is intended to invite thoughtful (and/or feeling-full) exploration of these and other such questions. In particular, however, we hope this challenge will nurture examination of what is habit and convention, … and what is not.
We are interested the play between the thoughtful (making a conscious choice) and thoughtless (emotional or responsive choice) making of the line or mark while celebrating the resulting conversation in the creation of work.
All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. Due to space limitations no projections or media-based installations will be accepted.
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation.
This exhibition is a contemporary examination of the use of line, historically a major focus of artists. All societies have created their own concepts for how use this representational or expressive technique. ARC looks to examine contemporary society’s and artists’ views of how a mark activates the surface with the will and expression, conscious or subconscious of the artist. The same is true with painting or sculpture as a process of making that mark on a two dimensional plane or in a three dimensional space.
All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. . Due to space limitations no projections or media-based installations will be accepted.
The juror will choose 3 honorary awards including "Best of Show" that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.