Accomplished independent curators Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet of Gallery Project are planning their 4th dual-site exhibition entitled Re:Formation. The exhibit will open in August, 2016, in a modified 17,000 sq foot 50’s department store space in downtown Toledo, OH, and then move to the Ann Arbor Art Center in downtown Ann Arbor in mid-September-October. The Toledo site has abundant space for large scale installation and 3-D work. Artists interested in participating in this exhibit should send jpg images and/or proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Formation examines this unique moment when ordinary people are declaring, ala Peter Finch, “I am mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.” What is different at this time is that people who have been silent, or silenced, are standing up, speaking out, and, mobilizing for needed change. Highly divergent in life styles with broad-ranging backgrounds, beliefs and values, these individuals are expressing justifiable anger at the accumulation of horrific events and unrelenting injustices that characterize our current era. They are teaming up, across race, gender, politics, and social status with empathy and compassion for their fellow human beings. Their actions are reestablishing belief in a positive future based on fairness, equity, and genuine possibility for all. Is this a tipping point, a moment for reform, or even a revolution? Or is it just another blip before capitulation and regression?
The exhibit challenges artists to express, in all media and in any size including large installation, their perspective of this time of Re: Formation. What is shifting? How are these shifts taking form? How do you experience this time of formation? What is your relationship to it, its impacts on you, your participation in this awareness and militancy? What can or should be done? What outcomes might result and what will the future look like? Re: Formation invites artists to actively express this unfolding reality as observers, participants, documentarians, conjurers and critics.
Artwork for Re: Formation depicts:
- the process of pivotal change in perception, perspective, assumptions, beliefs, habits, choices and actions;
- dramatic relationship changes among people, objects, and places;
- bold, redirected thinking and resulting responses about crucial issues;
- new forms and structures of a transformed society;
- movement in a transformative direction such as towards alternative futures;
- recent horrific events and gradual eroding events, their aftermath, and possible solutions;
- classism and prejudice in issues of social justice;
- conditions that force change; and
- challenges to the status quo.