Upcoming Call for Submission Deadlines at Propeller Art Gallery

Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight: A Curated Show of Altered Images
Deadline: Wednesday, September 11, 11 pm
The Promise of Sekishu Washi Juried Open Call
Deadline: Monday, September 30, 11 pm


Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight: A Curated Show of Altered Images

Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight: A Curated Show of Altered Images is A Call for Submissions for photographs that make use of the altered or fabricated image for a Juried Exhibition at the Propeller Art Gallery, October 2 — 20, 2019.

Questions of authenticity have always been at the core of photography ethos. Since its inception, artists have challenged the medium’s inherent exactitude by exploring its ability to alter and manipulate. From William Henry Fox Talbot’s Pencil of Nature to Gustave Le Gray’s use of bi-packed negatives of sea and sky in Mediterranean Sea, Sète, No. 18, (1857), to Julia Margaret Cameron’s elaborate Pre-Raphaelite constructions, photographers have embraced the medium as a conceptual art form. Consequently, photography has become defined not simply as a quotation of the world, but rather a visual reconstruction of reality—a simulacrum with a difference.

Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $50 submission that may have begun as a simple photo but now take the viewer beyond the photographic image to unpack hidden elements and meanings. Preference will be given to works that provide rearrangement/modification of the elements of the photograph to show an artist’s vision.

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The Promise of Sekishu Washi Juried Open Call

The Japanese Paper Place (JPP) and Propeller Art Gallery invite artists to experiment with Sekishu Washi and submit to the juried exhibition The Promise of Sekishu Washi at the Propeller Art Gallery, October 23 — November 3, 2019. Curator: Nancy Jacobi (Toronto Star article on Jacobi 06, ’19)

Jurors: Naoko Matsubara, Cybèle Young, David Kaye.

Sekishu Washi (a traditional Japanese paper) has been produced by hand for over 1400 years on the west coast of Japan in what is now Shimane Prefecture. This labour- intensive tradition, using renewable 100% Japanese kozo bark, has been designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Property.

Though it may look fragile, Sekishu Washi is surprisingly versatile. Strong, translucent, absorbent, malleable and warm to the touch, the paper’s potential is endless. The same paper can be drawn on, painted with watercolour, gouache, acrylic or encaustic, dyed, layered, stitched or printed on both sides by any print media. The translucence of Sekishu Washi can be showcased by letting light pass through it and its malleability put to use by constructing a three-dimensional form.

Sekishu tsuru banshi paper, 21” x 29.25” can be picked up from the Propeller Art Gallery, 30 Abell Street, Toronto or The Japanese Paper Place, 103 The East Mall #1, Etobicoke until the submission date and at the price of $12.00 + hst.

Artists are invited to submit their Sekishu Washi artwork as one large piece of Sekishu (21” x 29.25”) or two smaller pieces (no larger than 11” x 15” each) per $50 submission.

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Propeller Art Gallery
30 Abell Street
Toronto, ON
M6J 0A9