CALL FOR ARTISTS
to participate in a 100-year long collaborative project
Next Exhibition / Fundraiser
October 1st, 2020.
Applications due no later than September 10th, work due in-gallery
by September 20, 2020.
10 artists from 10 different Surfrider chapters to receive $250 Stipends
Early applications are encouraged for
honorarium consideration and exhibition.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A Visual State of the Ocean Address
Perhaps each of us has a favorite spot along the coast. Looking out over it, we may find ourselves asking, will it survive? For this reason, 1,320 artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation, a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the panomural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will be represented by an artist who has created a four-foot section of the total mural – conceptually a continuous landscape, a panorama of the western coastline.
The ocean is continually under threat. Pollution, coastal development, and over fishing all tax the health of its finite system. Without our strong environmental conscience and a voice to express it, threats to the ocean will be left unchallenged and its health subject to the whim and manipulations of politics and industry. This project, extending through the twenty-first century, provides such a voice.
Why Seven Generations
The ocean will always be under siege by humans. Problems today will be compounded by the unknown problems of the future. There will always be problems that must be addressed - and short term commitment will not suffice.
Who We Are
We are a community of artists interested in contemporary art practices and the possibilities presented when innovation is combined with the artist’s need to address the urgent issue of ocean health. Like a symphony, we as a group can orchestrate – through this project – complexities difficult for the lone virtuoso’s vision, an effort both collective and individual.
Why We Do It
We are artists inspired by living things and the landscape, and we want to express this inspiration in an effort that is both collective and individual. Each artist’s creation is one voice in a chorus of ocean paintings. Each painting argues the ocean’s value. The mural is a positive painting of our coastline that lets us speak to people across the nation about the beauty we experience, wish to preserve, and want to use in a rational manner.
How it works – each person chooses a mile, to revisit and paint each year, joining a system of self-sustaining coastal watchers. To be renewed annually, this process work gives the artist the opportunity to intellectually and emotionally connect with the land and to take the role of both sentinel and chronicler of a specific ocean location.
To create each year a two foot by one-mile, free-standing painting, a panorama that includes images from each mile of the California, Oregon and Washington coastline.
To create a system of ocean observers, so any untoward action on the ocean or its accompanying landscape will not go unnoticed.
To create a financially self-sustaining foundation for artists.
To generate money to create formats that foster critical discussion, as well as provide grants for appropriate groups and individuals.
View "For the Seventh Generation" catalogs from
the Pajaro Valley Arts Center
in Watsonville, California,
and from the Mendocino Arts Center exhibition.
Ocean's Festival 2001 - (Catalog Design by Shae Uisna)
For the Seventh Generation 2003 - (Catalog Design by Shae Uisna)
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Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon