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ARTIST CALL: Through That Which is Seen from Root Division in San Francisco, CA

Deadline: 03-19-2012
Root Division
San Francisco, CA


Root Division invites artists investigating the diorama through all genres, to submit work for an exhibition entitled “Through That Which is Seen.”


“Through That Which is Seen” will represent a range of interpretations of the diorama on all scales. We aim to exhibit pieces borrowing from museums’ use of the diorama as a means to inform and educate to works that turn the more conventional notion of diorama on its head. From natural history displays to shoebox book reports, the word diorama often conjures memories from childhood. However, dioramas can be found dotted throughout our daily lives. Think about storefront displays, televisions, and medicine cabinets, to name a few. Does a shower become a performative diorama when in use? Or a car? The co-curators are open to reviewing any and all iterations of possible interpretations of dioramas.


Checklist of application materials:


* 4 images (jpeg: 72 dpi, 600×800 pixels max) (digital only please; Sorry no slides) And/or: 3-minute video clip on CD/DVD for MAC, or links to vimeo/youtube
* If you are submitting a site-specific installation please send 4 images of a past installation
* Checklist of submitted works
* Artists resume (1-2 pages max)
* Statement about how this work or proposal relates to the exhibition theme (1 page max)
* SASE (for return of materials if desired)
* $10 Submission fee payable via paypal on our website:
* Or check/money order made payable to Root Division


Email submissions can be sent to Submissions will also be accepted via USPS & can be mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Through That Which Is Seen, 3175 17th Street, SF, CA 94110. If your submission is mailed, we prefer that all documents are saved as either word docs (.doc) or PDFs (.pdf) and burned to a CD with your images rather than printed. (Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by March 19th for the email submission to be considered.)


Please call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions


Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by March 30th, 2012 via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show. The curators will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work for submission is strongly suggested. **


Contact: Amy Cancelmo
Phone: 415.863.7668

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