s"Annually, Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights hosts an exhibition that invites members of our community (consisting of volunteers, studio artists, guild artists, general members, and visitors) to submit work that they would like to have showcased. Please submit work up until July 14th at 11:59 PM and decisions will be announced on July 15th.
There is no fee for applying to be in the exhibition, but if accepted there is a $20 hanging or set-up fee (unless you are a current member of the Guild or a current Studio Artist in one of our spaces). Payments are to be processed in person at the point of drop-off unless otherwise discussed. The exhibition is set from July 22nd to August 19, 2021. Finally, there is no set theme for this year's Invitational exhibition, so please create work around themes that are of interest to you as individual artists. Artists may apply with almost any media of work, except for sound and video."
I submitted the piece below for consideration for the show.
'Honeymoon Panopticon, the second piece in the Panopticon Series, was inspired by a lack of consent, betrayal of romantic intimacy, and a smart phone. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Unfortunately, the problem of lack of consent isn’t limited to intimate interpersonal relationships. It has become a concern worldwide. This results in an imbalance of power between the subjects of data collection and those who use it.
The Panopticon Series explores both the benefits and drawbacks of humanity's new capabilities to observe each other, our world, and our universe.
The piece is a woven bead tile mosaic on a 36" convex security mirror. Each tile is woven into the shape of a heart with reflective, pearly, and iridescent beads.
This piece will be debuted at Sculpture at the Kavanagh opening March 26, 2021. You can view the exhibition in person or through a virtual exhibition.
More info at the Fine Line Art Center's web site.
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