All are familiar with the self-portrait, artists have been creating them for years. Early Master's portraits allowed us to not only see their likeness, but also allowed us a peek into their existence, into their souls. Portraits took time, were commissioned and were meant to bare the subjects’ soul. What if we could see beyond the face, the aesthetic beauty or even beyond the aged wear of the face, through the eyes and into a person’s depth. What image(s) would a soul convey?
My soul has been many places and bears a fruit of all of its experiences. Does it look like the Parisian subways, with all of its artistic graffiti, the eccentric passion of the creole, or flowers in bloom? Maybe its the hummingbirds carefree life I sometimes wish I had? Perhaps my souls' image is a composite of all of these combined? How would you, the artist, depict your soul in a visual way?
The Hilliard Gallery would like to issue the call to any artist that would be interested in baring their soul for this show. The completed works will be collected, shown and put up for sale during the Month of August with the opening on First Friday, August 7th, 2015.
The Requirements are as follow;
If interested in this show please express your interest to staff@hilliardgallery. There is a limit to the number of artist that can be allowed to participate due to the space, so please submit sooner than later. Please include a link to your website/portfolio, or include multiple samples of you work so that we can get a feel for your work. We will get back to you with a couple of days with ones acceptance in the show since time will be of the essence for the artist. After being accepted to the show there are only two requirements.
The First piece-size is artists choice. This work should not contain the exact likeness of the artist, but rather, should attempt to answer the question of what does your soul look like? Reach deep inside, research yourself and ask what does my soul look like. How would you portray yourself without it being that image you see in the mirror?
The second requirement is a small 8x10" self- portrait in any medium and style, portraying your likeness. The 8x10 canvas will be supplied by the gallery to any artist doing two dimensional artwork. Photographers and Sculptors should follow the 8x10" size restriction, but may display it according to their medium. This piece will hang along side or accompany the first piece.
The hope of this call and show is that it will provide you, the artist, with an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with something that might be out of the ordinary for you. We hope the end results will be a look into what one perceives their own souls to be and how to best portray that inner self.
We hope this strikes you as interesting and you have a desire to partake in this adventure.
The Hilliard Gallery
1820 McGee St.
Kansas City, Mo 64108