WHAT: A collaborative show based on an exchange and interpretation of ideas between Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, and Verge Gallery, Sydney
WHY: The internet has supposedly flattened time, communication, and space to the point where place no longer matters. Idiosyncrasies, errors, foibles, coincidences, misinterpretations, synchronicities and surprises vanish as we all view the same websites, communicate on the same social media platform, and catch the same viral videos. "Translations," a bold post-digital statement substitutes the myth of the omnipotent datasphere (where it seems everything happens) with two distinct non-virtual locations: two unrelated - except by name - Verge Galleries. Separated by oceans, this project asks ten artists in each location to write instructions for the other ten artists to manifest. Cyberspace will serve as a conduit for these ideas, but to what extent can words and sketches survive the trip intact? What cultural conversions will take place at either end as recipient artists put their own spin on what confronts them?
HOW: Artists are to create an idea for a work that can be put into an emailable format (using primarily text, but also images and sketches). These instructions should be an in-depth and sincere attempt to convey the full breadth and scope of the work. They can be in any genre, medium, using any materials that the artist deem appropriate, with the understanding that any unreasonable requests may be interpreted in unpredictable ways. The artists will also agree to construct the reciprocal works using their own resources.
The instructions should be between 500-2000 words and there can be up to 5 sketches or images (all scannable and emailable), although these are not necessary. In addition, artists should write a 500 word piece indicating their approach to interpretation. How do you take text and emailed images and construct an artwork? What skills (both practical and conceptual) can you bring to a project such as this one?
WHEN: The callout will end on February 28, but early entries are appreciated, and the final ten artists will be decided upon and notified by mid-March. The galleries will then pair up reciprocal ideas with artists. Artists will then have the end of March and all of April to realise these works. They will work without contact with the authors of these ideas. Each artist will also be asked to document their processes, and this documentation will then be forwarded to the other gallery and may be displayed as part of the exhibition.
Reciprocal exhibitions will then be displayed in May 2013.
To avoid bias, each gallery will pick the ideas to be displayed by them (I.E. Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento wil judge the submissions from Sydney and vice-versa). To avoid later conflict, paired-up artists will be considered co-authors of both works they create.
In summary, artists are to provide by February 28:
- 500-2000 word instructions for an artwork
-Up to 5 sketches/images (relating to their instructions),
-500 word piece indicating their approach to interpretation
-Brief CV (with contact details)
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION TO VERGEART@GMAIL.COM. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY HARD COPIES SENT TO US!
It's time to celebrate the completion of another Kickstarter campaign! Come join us for some wiffle ball ($5 suggested donation for your team of four), snacks, $3 beer and music! This is an all-ages event, so bring the family!
WHEN: Saturday, January 26th, 6pm -12am
WHERE: 625 S Street (corner of S and 7th)
ENTRANCE: $5 (Kickstarter donors at the $25 level and up receive free entry)
The party doesn't stop at Verge in November! Reason to Party has made us the beneficiary of their next gala which takes place this Friday at the historic Elks Tower!!!!
Enjoy exciting art installations by a range of Verge resident artists, sip bottomless cocktails, and dance all night long!
Escape from the same old scene, call up your friends, and get ready to party with a purpose.
When: Friday, November 16th
VIP Champagne Reception 8pm
Doors Open 9pm
Where: Historic Elks Tower
921 11th Street, Downtown Sacramento
Cost: $45+ General, $85+ VIP
(Prices increase each week, so buy your tickets early!)
Join Verge Center for the Arts and Selland Family Restaurants Executive Chef Michael Thiemann for an evening of interactive art and fine dining.
Often ridiculed and sometimes reviled, the TV Dinner has become a mainstay of the American culinary experience. Using the squarist of square meals as his inspiration, Chef Mike will prepare a multi-course dining experience to be enjoyed while viewing a one of kind "TV Channel" compiled by Verge artists. You won't want to miss this unique marriage of fine food and fine art.
Check out this great video of Chef Mike in the kitchen!
Thursday, November 8th, 6pm - 10pm
$600 for a table of 8 includes free cocktails during our hour of no-host bar.
No-host cocktail hour featuring mid-century libations from 6-7pm.
Hosted beverages served with dinner.
Mid-century attire is encouraged.
Tickets are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/282778
We strongly encourage that you purchase your tickets soon, as space is limited!