you don't have to be an artist to help me create my latest project..
men & women, girls & boys, of all ages, races and orientations.. are invited to submit materials for my latest body of work entitled: "People Purse On"
i will be accepting submissions from anyone who wishes to participate in this artistic endeavor. using the materials i acquire as my ingredients, i will construct mixed media assemblages which will ultimately be viewed and experienced in public.
blogging has become a cultural phenomenon in our society, where virtually anyone can acquire web space to express everything from political rants to poetic ramblings and everything in between. posting intimate accounts and/or pictures of everyday life has become commonplace in this ever increasing cyber world. in this body of work, i will incorporate photobooth images of individuals onto painted and embellished 2nd hand purses. encased in the purses will be 1-3 minute looped recordings of bloggers reciting excerpts from their online journals. each piece will stand alone, but viewed in whole these sculptures will create a tapestry of random thoughts and passages revealing a broad spectrum of unique personalities, intellects and lifestyles. my intent is to present a slice of life, reveal human emotions and vulnerabilities, and give voice to those sharing their lives, both extraordinary and mundane, via the internet. this body of work will convey a common thread - that bloggers are driven by a simple, yet very human, desire to be heard.
participants must have an online journal. select an entry and record it on either a regular or mini audio cassette tape. keep in mind that your message will be edited onto a 1-3 minute loop tape. be as revealing or creative as you like with your journal excerpt. you can be silly or serious. just be YOU. speak clearly and directly into the microphone with as little outside noise as possible. tapes must be CLEARLY labeled with your name as you would like it to appear on any publications/labels pertaining to the artwork.
provide 1-5 photobooth strips similar to the one above.
(for photobooth locations go here http://www.photobooth.net/locations/) keep it simple. NO cheesy backgrounds of moon landings or waving U.S.A. flags please. and NO digital format photos. i’m looking for the real mccoy here..simple, contrasty b&w or color photos with a curtain back drop. you can provide an older image if you like, in case you can’t find a photobooth before the deadline. group shots are acceptable, however single portraits are preferred. if you provide a group shot, just make note of where you are in the photo. photos must be CLEARLY marked on the back with your name, snail mail and email address. this is VERY important, as i won’t be able to return the photos if i can’t read your handwriting.
in addition, tapes will become property of baby SMiTH, the artist. (aka me) and therefore, will NOT be returned.
entry deadline: postmarked no later than july 31, 2005
a) 1-5 photobooth strips (with name, snail & email address on the back AND if it’s a group shot, tell me where you are)
b) 1 regular or mini audio cassette tape containing your voice recited journal entry
mail to: artworkslive
p.o. box 8244
la crescenta, CA 91224
i would like to sincerely thank each and every person that submits to this project. i wouldn’t be able to do this without generous, creative souls like YOU..in gratitude, i will personally give all entrants a small, original mixed media collage in exchange for participation. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping me turn this idea into reality! i look forward to reviewing all of your offerings! and please don’t hesitate to contact me for further questions or concerns..(email@example.com)