Deadline: 17/03/2019 | Published: 22/02/2019 | Venue: Fringe Arts Bath (visual arts festival over various venues) | City: Bath | Region: Somerset | Country: United Kingdom | Mark FearbunceReport this?
A big exhibition of diminutive artworks! Size Matters invites artists to produce works that measure precisely 5cm squared, cubed or prismatic, or multiples thereof. No matter the subject that the artist engages with, Size Matters aims to encourage the artist to consider the impact of scale on their work.
5cm might be tiny if your practice is architectural or elephantine, but ginormous if your work is microbial or introspective. Does a 5cm square become a tiny window onto a big issue like climate change or inequality; a window so tiny that you can’t see the wood for the trees? Or does it become a focus on one small part of the bigger picture; an example or just one cog in the wheel?
Equally, could the 5cm scale elevate an insignificant experience that would otherwise not be mentioned at all? Given the slightly unorthodox size and shape for an artwork, submissions might reflect directly on the nature of scale or format. As well as painting, print, drawing and sculpture, submissions may also be for installations, films, sound or performance work. Any media welcome.
As well as intending to pose a conundrum for any artist, Size Matters also serves as a metaphor for the individual within a community. As a whole, the mass of many artworks, each with their own individual concerns, share a form that gives them aesthetic unity. It represents a varied populous each dealing with a common problem in their own way. It may also suggest an equal voice for all where differing voices will be heard.
This somewhat utopian democratic ideal might be easily disrupted by an installation of multiple cubes or a performance with a prism that might draw more attention; speak with a louder voice. Everyone has a voice but some voices speak louder. Conversely there may be many small voices with similar ideas and in Size Matters, there is opportunity for them to speak louder together. The curation of the show will reflect the relationship between the different voices.
The cost is £20 per artist for accepted works only. So it's free to submit work and you only need to pay if the work is going in the show. if you have more than one artwork accepted the fee is still £20 (per artist, not per artwork). This is an artist run initiative by volunteers.
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