Collective Bargaining Exhibit at UT-Dallas

Collective Bargaining

Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, UT-Dallas
September 6 – October 4, 2013
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri, 2 – 5 pm

Reception, Friday, September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

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From its roots in women’s quilt-making parties, European atelier, and parlor games, the artist collective represents a unique negotiation of ideas and expression, an attempt to bring individual artists together to form a new creative unit.  But no two collectives are the same. Some focus exclusively on the output of collaborative works, whereas others continue to support and encourage the success of the individual within the artistic community at-large. There are manifestos, decrees, movements, and declarations that speak to the intentions of the group, which are often rooted in rebellion, frustration, necessity, or a desire (simple and yet noble) to create something greater than itself—something greater than the sum of its parts. There is the push and pull of success and failure—but there is also safety in numbers—and art making within the collective tradition is no different.

 

Collective Bargaining addresses these fundamental notions of artistic interaction by inviting art collectives from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to exhibit alongside one another in a creative expression of the varied manifestations of collective behavior—of collective bargaining. HOMECOMING! Committee, Art Beef, S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau), The Sour Grapes, The Ghost Town Arts Collective, The Junior Ward, IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION, and SOLVENT will each wrestle with their own collective identity to generate new work for the exhibition.

 

HOMECOMING! Committee recently exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, and as part of the Texas Biennial, will also show at CentralTrak. They state “HOMECOMING!, through shared experience, will transform the ephemeral into the tangible. We believe this transformation is paramount, and is the true nucleus of artmaking.”

 

The Sour Grapes formed in 2000 as a graffiti crew. They have grown from showing and producing their work in train yards and dark alleys to galleries and museums throughout Texas, as well as expanding their creativity into various artistic mediums.

 

The Junior Ward will be creating a large room-like installation. The Junior Ward, as a collective, addresses the inversion of public and private through various mediums while emphasizing the relationship between artistic expression and mental health. Private neuroses are given a public audience as The Junior Ward confronts the dichotomies, paradoxes, and archetypes of two of our most beloved institutions.

 

The Ghost Town Arts Collective will present documentation of a bargaining “event.” They explain, “Our idea is to literally exploit the concept of bargaining by having artists trade objects with others, with the goal of obtaining a more aesthetically pleasing object with each trade.  The artist would document each step of the process in their chosen medium (photo, video, drawing, etc.), and with a short text description. In the end, all of the recordings, text, and final objects that each artist ends up with will be compiled and displayed together in the gallery.”

 

Art Beef will have a two-part installation investigating communication and sound. They “believe in taking a project-based approach to our activities, essentially letting spaces denote the activity and, in turn, questioning the forms of programming most often associated with other artist-run spaces, galleries, organizations, and institutions.”

 

IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION has planned a large installation with projections. They write, “In response to recent rumors of our ‘death,’ we will pose for a series of memento mori, or post-mortem photographs. Each member of the collective will be posed following the prescribed methods from the Victorian era, where this style of photography originated. The poses of the “deceased” will depend on the subject’s age and the family’s (in this case, the rest of the collective’s) personal preference. Each member will become subject to the rest of the collective’s thoughts and feeling of them. These portraits will reveal the true nature of each member of the collective, and our real feelings for and about one another.”

 

SOLVENT will perform their “Collecting Consciousness” —an active example of how they work together as a group. They write, “The past few months, Solvent’s members have met regularly and practiced syncing our meditative states with one another to bring ourselves into the present moment, energetically linked. “Meditative state” refers not to just typical images of sitting crossed legged silently, but any type of “being in the zone.”  It is common knowledge that (most) artists enter in a meditative state as they begin to focus on the paint and brush—similar to an athlete’s, an actor’s, a speaker’s, etc’s performance.  We have played with various techniques of group meditation to achieve the desired energy to create something together.  It is no secret that the human body exists within a field of energy, and itself emits electromagnetic frequencies; thus, we align ourselves in various fashions, sometimes engaging vocal sound waves, to see which frequencies produces which results upon creation.”

 

S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau) will build a large pirate ship in the center of the gallery. They explain, “There is an anomalous event, familiar to some yet unfamiliar to most, that is referred to as the Walter’s Principal.  Within the infinite possibilities of particle behavior as we know it today there exists a infinitesimal potential for particles occupying separate spaces and times to coalesce into a rematerialized space of overlapping objects from respective space-times.

 

Imagine you have a pirate ship making voyage from port Cape Hope in 1823 and in circa 2013 a gallery space existing in the Dallas metroplex.  These parts coalescing within each space in each time are duplicated respectively to create two separate anomalous temporal overlaps.  This is what S.C.A.B. proposes to recreate.”

 

Collective Bargaining is the first visual art exhibit of the 2013 – 14 season at The University of Texas at Dallas. The show runs from September 6 until October 4 in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building with a reception to be held Friday, September 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

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Relative Proximity

We have some great art work heading out way for Relative Proximity!  

 

Mark your calendars: the exhibit will be open from Monday, April 22 – Friday, May 24, 2013.  There will be a reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6-8 pm. Image

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Call for Entries: Relative Proximity at Austin College

Ghost Town Arts Collective: Relative Proximity
Austin College, Ida Green Gallery
April 22 – May 24, 2013
Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27 from 6 – 8 pm
Relative: considered in relation or proportion to something else.
  Adjective/ comparative – relational – related
  Noun/ relation – kin
Proximity:  quality of being near or close
Synonyms: nearness, closeness, vicinity, adjacency, togetherness, juxtaposition, propinquity, immediacy



Relative Proximity will explore the dual concepts of closeness and distance.  Work submitted for this exhibition will in some way comment or play upon the relative closeness or distance between things, ideas, people, materials, time, etc.; explore the relationship between subject and object, the piece of artwork and the viewer, between the artist’s intent and the piece’s effect; or any number of other concepts related to the phrase. Work in all media and any interpretation of the theme will be considered.

Deadline for entry: Monday, April 1

Submit your work by emailing photos to ghosttownartstx@gmail.com. Please name the photo file using the following format: 

“YourName_Title”(e.g. “HeidiRushing_Aardvark.jpg”) 
and include in your email the dimensions, medium, and year of completion 
(e.g. Heidi Rushing, Aardvark, ink and graphite on paper, 2013).  
MAXIMUM OF THREE ENTRIES PER PERSON.

ENTRY FEE: $10 per person, payable upon delivery of accepted work.

Notification of Acceptance: by email on Monday, April 8

Delivery of Work: All accepted work must be delivered in gallery ready format to Austin College from Tuesday April 9 through Tuesday April 16 during business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or by special arrangement).  More details will be provided in acceptance letter.  Work that is shipped to us must include return postage!

Installation: Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18.  Austin College Art Department staff will install the exhibit.  If your work must be installed by you personally, you can make arrangements to do it on these dates.

Pick up of Work:  The exhibit will close on May 24.  Pick up will be the following week starting after the memorial day holiday: Tuesday May 28 –  Friday, May 31, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or by special arrangement.  Work that has been shipped to us with return postage will be sent back this week.

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Call for Entries

The Ghost Town is seeking entries for our next exhibition “everything old is new again,” which will be in the Ida Green Gallery at Austin College March 26 – April 27, 2012. The calendar for submissions is below. 

 

everything old is new again

Artists mine the past for material: both figuratively through subject matter and literally through the use of old media, imagery and materials. We take these old ideas, motifs, and materials and we tear them apart, subvert them, dissect them.  Then, we rebuild, reimagine and reuse them for new purposes.  This cycle of renewal, of death and rebirth, of new leaves on old braches every spring, will be explored and celebrated in this exhibition. 

 

 

 

Work in all media will be considered for this exhibition.  In order to submit, email hrushing@austincollege.edu or ghosttownartstx@gmail.com.  In the email, include your name, phone number, email address and the following information for each piece: Title, dimensions, year, media, price, and a photo.  Please label each photo with your last name, first initial, and the title or partial title, separated by underscores.  For example: Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’avignon would be labeled “Picasso_P_Demoiselles”.  If more than one piece is untitled, please number your entries (e.g. Schmo_J_Untitled1, Schmo_J_Untitled2).

 

For your convenience, there is a fillable list at the bottom of this post that you can copy and paste into your submission email. 

 

 

Number of entries: Each person may submit up to four separate pieces. 

 

Entry Fee: There is an entry fee of $5 for this exhibition, payable upon delivery of accepted work. 

 

Calendar

Monday February 27 – Friday, March 9: Submissions accepted by email

 

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16: Notifications of acceptance

 

Monday, March 19 & Tuesday March 20: Work Delivered to Austin College (the show will be installed starting on the 21st)

 

March 26 – April 27: Exhibition Open (opening reception TBA)

 

Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4: Work to be picked up from Austin College

 

Submission Form (please copy and paste into your email submission):

 

Name:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

 

Entry #1

Title:

Dimensions:

Year Completed:

Media:

Price:

 

Entry #2

Title:

Dimensions:

Year Completed:

Media:

Price:

 

Entry #3

Title:

Dimensions:

Year Completed:

Media:

Price:

 

Entry #4

Title:

Dimensions:

Year Completed:

Media:

Price:

 

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You Will Know When You Are There

You Will Know When You Are There: A Journey in Art and Modern Dance

Deep Ellum’s Muscle Memory Dance Theatre and the Ghost Town Arts Collective Collaborate on Unique Multi-Media EventDallas, Texas.  October 10, 2011 – You Will Know When You Are There is an art and dance collaboration between the Ghost Town Arts Collective and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre taking place at LIFE in Deep Ellum. While taking direction and drawing inspiration from each other, these two groups have worked together to merge visual arts and dance.  The collaboration is a large scale art and dance event: part gallery show, part dance performance, part art installation.The subject of this event is transformation and myth: processes that twist and turn, taking us somewhere … a place that is unknown until arrival.  You will know when you are there.The event kicks off with a art exhibition in the gallery at LIFE in Deep Ellum to open on October 10th.  There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 15 from 6 – 9 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

The journey continues through the fall as the Ghost Town artists build an installation that is companion to the dance performance choreographed by Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.  Taking cues from one another, the installation will shape the movement, and the movement will shape the installation.

The project will culminate in an evening length dance performance on November 4th and 5th at LIFE in Deep Ellum.  Each evening will begin at 7 pm with a reception in the gallery.  Once the doors to the performance space open, the audience will embark upon their own journey through the art installation and into the dance performance.  The dance performance will begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors.

Muscle Memory and the Ghost Town are proud to invite you to this exciting and unique multi-media event.

 

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre
musclememorydancetheatre.org
Ghost Town Arts Collective
ghosttownartscollective.org

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Hello friends-

Welcome to our very irregular newsletter!  This letter will cover:

New email address!

Life Drawing Workshops

Motley Fools Pickup

Summer Gallery Workday

Summer Exhibit at the new Ghost Town Gallery

Ghost Town website, now available in AWESOME!

Muscle Memory Dance Theater and Ghost Town Arts Collective collaborate on multi-media event

 

New email address!  – As you can see, we have migrated our email account to gmail.  We were having a lot of trouble with our yahoo account, so we thought we’d give gmail a try. Please add ghosttownartstx@gmail.com to your address book so that we won’t be filtered into your Spam folder.  Also, as always, if you do not wish to receive emails from us, please just reply to any message and ask me to remove you from our mailing list.

 

Two Minute Pure Contour Drawing

Life Drawing Workshops

Our life drawing workshops are off to a great start.  It is an invigorating way to brush up on your drawing skills or a fun way to learn something new.  The workshops meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 10 pm now through June 29.  The cost is $10 per person per session, pay at the door.  Email us to sign up!

 

Motley Fools Pickup

Pickup for the Motley Fools Exhibit will be on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am – noon.  This will also be a workday for us, so the earlier you can come, the better.  If you can’t come during this time frame, contact us to work out another time.

 

Summer Gallery Workday

We will be having another workday on the gallery space on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am – 4 pm.  The main goal for this workday is to scrape up the old loose linoleum tiles from the floor, as well as to patch the walls and do some touch up painting. Please come give us a hand!  We’ll have some tools, but bring scrapers, gloves, fans, as well as a low stool, kneeler or knee pads for yourself if you have them.  If you volunteer during the workday for at least one hour we will waive your next entry fee for one of our exhibits!

 

Summer Exhibit at the new Ghost Town Gallery

Our next exhibit will be at the new Ghost Town Gallery on July 9 from 7 – 10 pm.  There is as yet no theme for this exhibit (I’m thinking we’ll call it ‘Hot Hot Hot!’), and entries in all media will be accepted.  There is an entry fee of $10 for three entries.  I will send a full call for entries as more details emerge.  Please go ahead and put it on your calendar, and if you’ll be around then plan to come and party with us!

Ghost Town website, now available in AWESOME!

The inimitable Cedra Wood has redesigned our website, and it is beautiful!  Check it out – http://ghosttownartscollective.org/GTAC/Home.html

 

Muscle Memory Dance Theater and Ghost Town Arts Collective Collaboration

We are pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with Muscle Memory Dance Theater, a modern dance company currently working out of Life in Deep Ellum in Dallas, on a project for the fall.  This will be a multi-media event that will include an exhibit in the gallery at Life as well as a dance concert/ Avant-garde art and dance event in their performance space.  We are still in the early planning stages for this event, but we are confident that it will be incredible; stay tuned for more information.

 

We’d love to hear about what you are up to, too. Send us an email, comment on our blog, or leave a note on our facebook page.  Even more importantly, we hope to see you out at one of our events this summer!!

 

Cheers!

 

Heidi Rushing

Administratrix
Ghost Town Arts Collective

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Ghost Town Arts Collective’s Blog.

The Ghost Town Arts Collective is a non-profit artists’ co-op based in North Texas, with a gallery and performance space in Denison, TX.  We are a multimedia collective dedicated to nurturing, sustaining, and raising the profile of all forms of art in our community.

Since our inception in 2006, the GTAC has held regular exhibitions and events showcasing visual and performance art, music, dance, spoken word, and film. Additionally, we hold ongoing workshops, including art critiques, life drawing, creative writing, bookmaking, and children’s art.

We plan to use this blog to share information about upcoming and past events, and to promote the goings-on of our members.  If you like art and are interested in what we’re up to, follow us!

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