CALL FOR ART
MAY DAY, MAY DAY - ATTENTION SPRING CLEANERS AND NON-CLEANERS ALIKE
OTTO’S ABODE, an experimental art-centric store & more, invites you to participate in a month-long exhibition we’re calling THE FRIDGE SHOW.
Ah, the fertile fridge door! Land of ephemeral accessibility; temple of temporality! An information-station of your manipulation. Home to the surficial shuffle of seemingly unconscious printed, minted, clinching and pinching forces. Parties suspended for scrutination and celebration; withheld together from gravitational cascade to linoleum-prone demise.
And then what? How long does this last? What’s going on here? THIS WORKS!!! What keeps something locked in a vertical state? PERMANENT FIXTURES?! permanent fixtures? What? When is it time to go?
As if pulled by magnetic force, delighted to delve, we look to the primitive and resilient organism lichen as a source of inspiration and admiration. Lichen - which is in fact two organisms (algae and fungi) thriving as a symbiotic team – is not only one of the oldest living organisms on this planet but has also been known to be a dependable bio-indicator of air quality; visible proof of environments apt for environing (M.Sutton). Lichenometry is a much, much more than a sensual and swampy-sounding word… it’s also a geomorphic method of geochronologic dating that liken growth to determine exposed bedrock - especially useful for dating surfaces under 500 years (wikipedia).
We invite you to practice your own form of fridgeometry and nudge you to examine magnetic (and non-magnetic?) surfaces around you as a cultural biomes prime for spontaneously assemblaged public exhibition. We encourage you to share your findings with us!! Send us artifacts such as written stories, photographs, actual magnets, drawings, sculpture, dust, portraits, car bumpers, favorite restaurant menus (referencing notable dishes), combinations of the above, etc… this is just a small list of what we hope you’ll submit to be included in THE FRIDGE SHOW.
You may drop your submission off to us directly or slap a stamp on it and mail it to: OTTO’S ABODE, PO Box 1, Wanakena, NY 13695. Please include your name, phone number, a brief project description, and any other supportive material. We ask all submissions to be received by us on or before Monday, May 20th 2018. If applicable, please include compensation for return postage. Submissions can be mailed out or picked-back up after Monday June 18th. If you are able, we kindly ask participants to include a suggested $5 donation/submission fee with each submission – thanks!
JOIN US at OTTO’S ABODE, 6 Hamele street, Wanakena, 5-8pm, Friday May 25th for THE FRIDGE SHOW exhibition opening celebration! This event is free and open to the public. There will be snacks, drinks, music and more! THE FRIDGE SHOW will be on view at Otto’s Abode May 22nd – June 17th.
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone us (315-848-3008) with any questions. Otto’s Abode reserves the right to refuse any submission we deem inappropriate or too vulgar. Through we promise to take great care, Otto’s Abode is not responsible for reimbursement of any form for any lost, stolen, or damaged submissions.