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Manny de los Santos
Patty Rae Welborn
Here’s the body of my exhibit proposal for your clarification
I want to curate a show for the Center to coincide with the CALF Festival. The theme is based on vintage toys, classic board games such as Monopoly and Chess, as well as all things nostalgic, slightly creepy and strange.
Imagine a gallery staged like an instillation and an exhibit at the same time. It will feel like a collection and perhaps a bit like a theatrical set. I want the exhibit to be child safe yet not too sweet. I hope that all visitors of the center, young and old, will find something they can relate to and enjoy.
My vision includes assigning each artist a general area to explore. For example, I have asked Turner Vinson to do “outdoor play” such as treehouses, playgrounds, tire swings and so on. I have asked Chuck Roach do retro comic book characters such as Superman. Polly Jones is going to do a group of paintings depicting old toy tea sets. A number of us will be making dolls or repurposing doll parts. Chase Turk will be using old game boards and playing cards. So far I have over 30 artists on the team.
I plan on overseeing everything from communication, publicity, possible sponsorship, and the instillation. I want to even get them a “good show” basket of goodies for taking part.
I expect to have quite a few floor and display pieces as well as some that will need shelves and pedestals. I will require the artists to drop off work well in advance so that we can carefully craft a new aesthetic.(This will tie into this year’s featured illustrator Oliver Jeffers and the book we are using for the kids activities”
There will be a color through-line where all pieces include at least a bit of these three colors: black, neon pink and neon yellow. Hopefully this will lend the show a bit of cohesion. Also, in reference to the CALF festival, I am giving the artists an option to play hidden images. I am asking them to put a bit of blue yarn, a blue ball of yarn, or the outline of a moose somewhere in their art. This is optional.
I don’t have any actual work, yet, but I do have tons of inspiration pictures that I have collected to help guide the vision. I have a secret facebook page for us to communicate and share ideas.
Truthfully, this is a big publicity stunt made out of not-yet-born fantastic art. I want to get a big article in the paper, go on the news, and blast it all over the internet. I think it is a show that everyone could enjoy. I am also questioning how we can use this work in someway after the show. Perhaps it could move to a children’s hospital or other venue. I want to draw big attention to our amazing artists in Abilene. I have a background as a theatre director, so this role feels totally natural to me. I believe in leading in such a way that everyone in the group feels free to do their best work.
Drop Off and Pick Up
Please contact me if you cannot drop off your work during business hours May 1 -2. I can accept earlier arrangements if needed. See the Google form (black button link in the bright red title box at the top of this page)
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