ARTIST // OPEN CALL // The SHOCK issue //

Deadline: 07/10/2021  |  Published: 06/09/2021  |  City: On-line  |  Jenna Fox

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Open call for Art submissions to Issue 18 of Haus-a-rest Zine and Social media // The SHOCK issue.

In this issue we are exploring the shock factor in Contemporary art.

Throughout the ages shock has been used as a mechanism to engage and horrify the viewer and make them sit up and look.

From the use of blood and gore in 17 century paintings as a political statement or to show the prowess of the sitter or in the case of Michelangelo's fresco at the Sistine Chapel, of  the “Second Coming of Christ” the use of nude figures in such a holy place which so shocked the Catholic church that after Michelangelo’s death they had the genitalia painted over.

Fast forward to recent times and the YBA's work was a de rigour of shock installations - Marc Quinn's "Self" - using his blood to create a cast of his head, Emin’s, "My bed" (1999) and the multiple installations of the Chapman brothers who seek ways to create work that aims to shock. There are so many examples.

But, is this more than a movement as discussed by the philosopher Stephen Hicks "as the inevitable conclusion of trends initiated in the late 9th century modernist art movement", or  is it a much needed way to agitate and make the viewer think about key issues? Or is it created just because it can be?

Or is the motivation frustration and a reflection of the zeitgeist - think The Sex Pistols.

We cannot wait to see what you submit.

We are looking for 2D, 3D, sound and film (a link to Vimeo or Youtube and performance).

Your submission should be a be an exploration and response to this and be part of your current practice and dialogue. (PLEASE NO COVID RELATED WORK)

You will need to submit:

1) A good quality image of your work  - up tp three images (please do not send us thumbnail images).

2) Three lines of text to explain your concept,  why you made the piece and any obstacles you had to overcome.

3) Your Instagram name so we can tag you.

4) Fo you want to join our mailing list - Y / N?

Your work will not be accepted if you do not provide the requested items. If accepted your work will be featured in the Zine, Instagram and FB for a least one month, and very likely for several. We do not guarantee to keep your work listed after the issue has ended.

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When is the deadline?
07/10/21
How many works can I submit?
Up to three but one form per submission. We will only select one entry per artist if you are selected.
How much does it cost?
Free
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Social media, linked in, FB, instagram, Twitter via our mailing list.
What are the selection criteria?
You must complete all four sections.
1) A good quality image of your work. (please check and do not send thumb nail images)
2) Three lines of text to explain your concept, why you made the piece and any obstacles you had to overcome.
3) Your Instagram name so we can tag you.
4) Do you want to join our mailing list? Y / N

Your work will not be accepted if you do not provide all of the requested items.

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