WHAT WE WANT
VAE is challenging our creative community to pick a problem currently facing society (big or small) and SOLVE IT, in the most creative, but possibly least practical, way possible! Cancer sucks; what if you created a vacuum that sucked cancer right back? Don't have the tools you need to actually build your invention? That's cool! Draw us a schematic that shows how you would build it, paint it, draw it, create a video about it.
The idea for this exhibition was propelled by the Japanese art of Chindogu, which has produced some of the most fantastic and un-useless items out there! One of the main ideas behind Chindogu is that the item is not complete useless, the intention is to solve a real problem, and the invention almost solves that problem, but just barely misses the mark (ending up living just next door to perfect, see what we did there?)
Need some inspiration? Have a look at some of the wack-a-doo things to have been made by Chindogu artist. While VAE is not requiring that works submitted for NEXT DOOR TO PERFECT follow the Ten of the Tenets of Chindogu, they also offer a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing! STILL WANT MORE? Check out some of the fanciful items in the collection of the NONSEUM in Herrnbaumgarten, Austria!
JUROR - Mark Sloan, Director + Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Mark Sloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. The Halsey Institute is a multi-disciplinary, non-collecting contemporary arts museum, with an emphasis on featuring the work of emerging, mid-career, and oddly overlooked artists from around the world.
In his thirty-three year career he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, ranging from contemporary Japanese installation art to 19th Century Baluchi tribal weavings. Several of his exhibitions have traveled to institutions such as the High Museum in Atlanta, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Presentation House in Vancouver, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. He has authored or co-authored fifteen books on subjects ranging from Russian conceptual art to early twentieth century circus life. He is also an active visual artist whose works have been exhibited, published, and collected internationally.
Entries must fit through VAE’s 104″ x 71″ door to be exhibited. Juried digitally. Two entries per artist. Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
Use this simple, online form to submit your entries.
The form will ask you to:
> enter your personal contact information
> upload your JPEG entries OR submit a link for web-based submissions
> provide details about your entries
> allow you to pay your entry fee
Deadline for entries.............August 14, 2016 at 11:59pm
Notification................................August 15, 2016
Artwork Drop-off......................August 26, 11am-6pm, & August 27, 11am-4pm
Opening Reception…...…….….September 2, 6-10pm
Exhibition Run……..……….….…..September 2-29, 2016
Artwork pick-up.……...........……September 30, 11am-6pm & October 1, 11am-4p
Members - $10
Non-members - $15
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- All files should be named like so: 01_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg, 02_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg.
- Still images should be sent as jpegs should be at least 1000px at their widest dimension, not to exceed 2MB per image. 2D artists may submit one JPEG per entry. 3D artists may submit two JPEGS (one full shot and one detail) per entry. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Video samples should be edited to no longer than 2 minute excerpts. It is strongly preferred that video & audio artists submit their work online through clips or url addresses to online sharing formats like hulu, vimeo, youtube, or dropbox. Videos submitted as uploaded files should be submitted as Quicktime files whose width is no larger than 720px and file size is no larger than 10MB (as that is the largest file eligible for upload on our entry software). Please only submit video art or video documentation of an art piece that requires video to be fully experienced. Do not send video walk-throughs of static exhibitions or video slideshows. While web-hosted submissions are strongly preferred, video and audio samples can be submitted on CD if necessary. Please contact Brandon Cordrey to make arrangements for CD delivery prior to deadline. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Audio: Audio should be submitted as separate MP3 files. Each track should be no longer than 2 minutes. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Web-based: Web-based work should be submitted as a URL listed in the work sample list. Please only submit web-based projects. A portfolio website that features audio/video art and still images will not be considered.
NEXT DOOR TO PERFECT is open to any living artist. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. Two and three dimensional entries will be accepted. Work must be original and completed in the last 3 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. VAE reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container. Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist.
VAE’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter this exhibition please email Brandon or call 919.256.6856 for assistance.
Ship artwork using a sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Do not include return postage in case the artwork sells during the run of the exhibition. Following the exhibition each artist who shipped their work should generate a FedEx label and email it to Brandon so the piece may be returned. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts. Shipments of artwork will be accepted June 20-25, 2016.
309 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
VAE will retain a commission of 30% for VAE members, 50% for non-members on all work sold during the exhibit. If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in appropriate space during registration or on the consignment sheet. Click here to join VAE!
All entries will be handled with the utmost care and respect. VAE is not liable for artwork during transportation to or from the gallery but does carry a blanket inland marine policy that covers most fine art works and craft items up to $5,000. VAE reserves the right to refuse coverage to artwork with inherent vices, high values or that is deemed unstable. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.
QUESTIONS? Email Brandon!