IMPOSSIBLE BOOKS : a collaboration between visual artists & writersThis exhibition will explore the relationship between sculpture and physical printed matter by inviting writers and sculptors to collaborate on building—and writing elements of—an impossible book.
Visual artists and writers can enter ideas separately to be paired together or as a team.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY:
WRITER: Please submit 2-3 poems or up to 1000 words of prose plus a paragraph of why you would like to be a part of this project and what you would be looking for in a visual artist collaborator. OR submit a 1-2 page proposal of your IMPOSSIBLE BOOK idea and what you would be looking for in a visual artist collaborator.
VISUAL ARTIST: Please submit 2-3 sketches for an idea, proposed materials, installation requirements, and a brief explanation of what you would be looking for in a writer collaborator. OR submit 2-3 examples of previous work plus a paragraph of why you would like to be a part of this project and what you would be looking for in a writer collaborator.
- A book of poetic dreams written in the sky as a series of linked constellations.
- Too dreamy? How about a memoir written on a large cube that tells a variety of different stories depending on the path the reader takes.*
- Or a novel composed of "hinged doors and locked drawers... layered into" the book's structure as well as its narrative.**
- Or anything you can come up with that would merge literature and sculpture in a new and interesting way.
All work must be original and ready to hang. If you do not live in the area, artist must pay for shipping fees to and from the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. Writers should be available for collaboration with an artist in-person or state how they will be able to stay in touch with the artist they are paired with within their entry. Writers should be available to attend the reading scheduled for opening night.
Entry Fee :
Free entry, but donations for exhibition, opening night, and promotions are encouraged. Donate here.
Selected artists will be contacted with installation details.
Members: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will receive a 30% commission on work sold during the show.
Non-members: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will receive a 40% commission on work sold during the show.
†Money for sold pieces will go to the visual artist to be distributed between artist & writer on their own terms.
Submission due date: November 1st, 2013
Artist/Writer selection and/or pairing: November 15th, 2013
Artwork drop-off/Installation: February 1st-2nd, 2014
Opening reception and reading: February 7th, 2014 6-9 pm
Exhibition closes: February 28th, 2014
De-installation: March 1st, 2014
Donations towards this project may be made online through this Paypal link or via check made out to ‘Philadelphia Sculpture Gym LLC’ mailed to:
Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Attn: Impossible Books
1834 E. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
VISUAL ARTISTS: Contact PSG Gallery Manager Steven Earl Weber via PSGStevenEarlWeber@gmail.com
WRITERS: Contact GS Editor in Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick via firstname.lastname@example.org
*IDEA via Craig Dworkin's "The Cube" p. 13 via THE OFFICIAL CATALOG OF THE LIBRARY OF POTENTIAL LITERATURE edited by Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager
**IDEA via Adam Robinson's "Superstructure!" p. 66 via THE OFFICIAL CATALOG OF THE LIBRARY OF POTENTIAL LITERATURE edited by Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager
To apply, go here on September 1st: https://philadelphiasculpturegym.submittable.com/submit