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Williamsburg Art & Historical Center

Aug 2012

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April 28, 2017

Open Call to Artists

Curated by Cornelia Jensen
Saturday, May 20th  - Sunday, June 11th
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20th

Deadline to Apply: Monday, May 8th

When we think of “environment” what do we think of? THE Environment? Or OUR Environment? Everything we create as humans is derived from materials whose sources originate in nature. When I use the word “Nature” I am referring to the world that exists free from human design. It creates itself according to laws undetermined by human beings. But are we actually part of nature? Is our existence the result of these natural laws? Has evolution itself evolved to include human activity as a factor in our development as a species?

Here in New York City, we are miles from any undeveloped land. Our “environment” is a colossal construction born from the imagination and the will of human endeavor. Our lives in this metropolis bear a constant reckoning of who we are and what we do. Now we also inhabit many places at once via cyber space. As we swim into the future are we abandoning and marginalizing our origins? Is our primal relationship to nature no longer part of our unconscious? Is “Nature” part of the past, or does it maintain a permanent place in our world? Is it lost, far away, or right around us? Is it possible to conjure this relationship via human will? This is the purpose of art.

Let us explore in this exhibition how “design” from human craft interacts with what is “natural”. Where do humans respond to nature and where do we live counter to it? What role does nature play in our unconscious? Where does beauty cross over between the worlds with and without humans?

The WAH Center presents LIFE ON EARTH– a group art exhibition exploring the many artistic explorations of nature and our environment. Artists are encouraged to submit both two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and installation works including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media with a special focus on artwork using detritus and recycled materials. In this spirit, our open call provides an opportunity for outstanding artists to showcase work to new audiences in the prominent art community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, and to national and international visitors.

We are now accepting submissions for the LIFE ON EARTH show.

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