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  • Angela Allyn


We opened our original “Consciousness of Abstraction” exhibition, in March 2020, and it was cut short because of COVID. We had a wonderful response to this call for work, and we are now offering “Consciousness of Abstraction II” so that even more artists can have an opportunity to exhibit at ARC Gallery with the same outstanding juror. Please join us in celebrating this very important genre. The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving misapplied the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera, and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory, and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so. Abstraction, of course, can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive. As an artist; What are yours? This exhibition is an invitation to submit, through the qualities and implications of your work, some conscious exploration of this question. Entry fee: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students — high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include a copy of your Student ID.) The juror will choose 3 honorary awards that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website. Sales: Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (not for sale) on the entry form. ARC will act as a liaison for sales of the artists' work. However, any work sold and paid for via Paypal will have the small fee deducted from the sale amount. A 20% commission will be deducted from the selling price of the work, with the artist retaining 80% after any Paypal fees if applicable. All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. Due to space limitations, no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. ABOUT THE JUROR: DAVID REIF — Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts, Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Univ. of Michigan; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana; Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit. CALENDAR: Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm CST Notification of Acceptance: This Will go out by email on Sunday, May 28, 2022. Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, June 16 -17, 2-6 pm; Sat, Jan 18, 12-4 pm Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, July 16, 12-4 pm Shipped Work Return Date: July 21-22, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.* Do not use the U.S. Postal Service. Click HERE to apply. Exhibition dates: June 23 – July 16, 2022 Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm, Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

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