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Hello Obama, Goodbye Bush! Shoe Show Call to Artists

January 22, 2009

images-71We have all heard about how a shoe was thrownwater-bottles-shoes-001 at President Bush as a sign of disrespect.  Go here for an opportunity to throw some shoes of your own!

Since I know there are a number of wonderful conceptual artists who read this blog regularly, here’s a reminder about the call for a Juried Exhibition entitled “Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush.” I found the waterbottles shoe image onchuckslauraw the web, but it says worlds about the world Bush left behind, doesn’t it? A lot can be done with Chuck Taylors; I found these on the web, too, and I’ve had fun decorating a pair for Burning Man. If you contribute something, please send a jpg to me to post here on the blog or comment and leave a link to the image so we can see what you made! You have one week to get it overnight mail!

Farewell SHOES for Mr. Bush

Entry information: In reference to the life that we, the world, have been breathing over the past eight years – thanks to our fine leaders in politics – we would like to salute them and wish them the “best” with a unique fun and participatory farewell gesture exhibition.

Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush is a shoe art exhibition open to artists of all mediums and from around the globe, who will have an opportunity to express their feelings on a shoe or pair of shoes. Participating artists are encouraged to explore innovative, evocative and genuine creations and to transcend the outside layers of the shoes. Shoes of all sizes (size 10 not required!) materials and provenance will be transformed into expressions of political, visual art, or simply a “farewell”.

The selected entries by the jury would be exhibited at DECORAZON gallery in an installation curated by Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos, DECORAZON gallery directors.

To participate in this exhibition, the artist’s application package must be received by DECORAZON gallery no later than 6 pm on Friday January 30, 2009. This application package contains:

• Completed entry form;
• Entry fee of $15 for each entry, no limit per artists. One entry form per every pair of shoes. Shoe pairs with different concept require a separate entry form and fee
• All selected entries would be displayed at the discretion of the curators.

Our panel of judges will review the received shoes and select those entries that will be part of the Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush exhibition. Artists whose entries are chosen will be notified by February 2nd, 2009 through email and would be invited to the opening reception on Thursday February 5th, 2009. We apologize for the limited time to create the entries, judging and installation due to the revealing historical moments that we are facing.

• All entries including “Shoes”, entry form and fee: due by 6 pm January 30, 2009.
• Note: this is not a “postmark” deadline.

• Opening Reception: Thursday February 5 from 6-10pm
• On view from February 5 – February 16 (Presidents’ Day), 2009.
• Place: DECORAZON gallery – Bishop Arts District – 417 N Bishop Ave. Dallas, TX 75208 USA

• Packaging used to deliver entries should be labeled to include the artist’s name, artist’s residence city and country, entry titles, and medium if applicable. Please place a small label inside each shoe with this information.
• All entries that are not sold during the exhibition period will be shipped back to the artist’s with the appropriate pre-paid return shipping labels.

Special Awards
• Best in Show
• Best Conceptual Shoe
• People’s Choice

• $500.00 – Jury’s Choice

Sales and Exhibition
• Selected shoes will be exhibited and placed on sale at the gallery from February 5-16, 2009. DECORAZON gallery, would request 50% commission on all the transactions made during the exhibition. Artists should include a suggested sales price which would be finalized by the discretion of the gallery. All entries are recommended to include an artist’s bio, CV, and a short explanation of the artwork. Artists with other gallery representation are responsible for negotiating their commission with their gallery.

About the Jury

BENITO HUERTA is an artist, writer and curator. He is the co-founding editor and a current Board Member of Artlies. He is the director of the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, an independent curator, a participant in numerous public art commissions as well as in institutional collections throughout Texas. In 2002, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art awarded Huerta with its Legend Award.

ELISA JIMENEZ is an interdisciplinary artist, primarily in fashion design but also including writing, drawing, painting, performance art, and art installation. Born in Texas, Jimenez is the daughter of sculptor Luis Jiménez and graphic designer Vicky Balcou.

Vogue discovered Jimenez as “the scoop” and consistently has acknowledged her as being at the forefront of the new avant-garde as well as one of the top 10 American Designers in the independent realm. Her designs have appeared in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Dutch, Black Book, Paper Mag, Jane, and Trace. She has worked for a number of actors, musicians, films and television programs, including: Melissa Auf der Maur, Cher for her Believe album, Jennifer Connelly for her character in Requiem for a Dream, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Love, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City, Pink, Cameron Diaz, and art photographer Cindy Sherman. Jimenez was invited to be in the Barbican Gallery’s exhibit and book Rapture: Art and Fashion Since the 1970s, curated by Chris Townsend of London.

In 2007 Jimenez was a contestant on the fourth season of Project Runway, a reality show on Bravo in which designers compete against each other in various fashion challenges to win $100,000 to create their own fashion line, among other prizes.

PHILLIP COLLINS is the retired Chief Curator (since December 2007) at the African American Museum, Dallas and the newly appointed Executive Director/CEO for the Memnosyne Foundation.

Mr. Collins has curated over forty five exhibitions and has served as Treasurer on the Texas Association of Museum (TAM) Board in Austin, Texas. He has served on numerous local boards for cultural institutions which include the Arts District Friends, the Mexico Institute, Contemporary Cultures and numerous city and statewide cultural committees with a focus on the visual arts, cultural diversity, and arts education. He has developed art education programs, exhibition designs, fabrications, and art installations. Collins has written art reviews and essays for local, state, and national catalogues, periodicals and other related publications. Collins has served as juror for art exhibitions locally, statewide and nationally and is currently engaged as a freelance curator who is engaged with ongoing projects nationally and internationally.

Among many awards and commendations, Mr. Collins was awarded the 2004 Artist Advocate’s Award by the Visual Arts Coalition of Dallas. In November 2004, Mr. Collins was awarded the Creative Arts Award for Community Service by the Dallas Historical Society, and the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service and Volunteerism by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. In October 2005, Mr. Collins was appointed Cultural Affairs Commissioner for District #2 for the City of Dallas Cultural Arts Commission. Currently Mr. Collins serves as Vice Chair of the Public Arts Committee for the Office of Cultural Affairs Commission.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2009 1:45 am

    I’m baffled that anyone would want to participate in such a callous and ignorant form of self-expression.

    Certainly, it’s a free country, so even though it is a great blessing that artists are afforded the freedom and opportunities to present this type of inanity – I’m equally free to take note of the names of the participants, and ensure that I don’t patronize any of their shows or works in the future.

  2. January 22, 2009 1:53 am

    I wish we had time to make a collaborative shoe! :-)

  3. meeme permalink
    January 22, 2009 2:25 am

    Thanks, I enjoy your “shoes” game a lot. I will send to my friends as well.

  4. January 22, 2009 4:05 am

    Danika, I’d love to do something with you on this–words about climate change and potable water affixed on clear tape onto the water bottles perhaps?

    Meeme, glad you enjoyed the game! I found playing quite satisfying myself.

    Milena, are you referring to throwing a shoe at Bush or at creating a conceptual piece of art in the form of a shoe which addresses the horrendous inequities, lies, disengenousness, deaths, lies, falsehoods, manipulations, and idiocy of the last 8 years?

  5. January 22, 2009 4:11 am

    I am referring to the conceptual art – and the idea that the “horrendous inequities, lies, disengenousness, deaths, lies, falsehoods, manipulations, and idiocy of the last 8 years” will now cease with Obama.
    Obama is no better than Bush – it is more of the same.

  6. January 22, 2009 4:28 am

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. However, it is almost impossible for me to imagine anyone as inept as Bush ever being in charge again. It is also difficult to imagine anyone who will ever act to pander to the rich as much s he did–or getting away with it. And finally, I think he deserved to be impeached more than Nixon and I think he should be tried for war crimes.

    Is Obama a politician? Yes. Is he smart? Yes. Will he make mistakes? Yes. Will Obama lie, cheat, steal, torture, destroy the natural resources of the US, kill innocent people, and leave the US worse by far than when he took office to the extent of the previous 3 Bush administrations, the election of at least one was a joke? I wholeheartedly doubt it.

  7. January 22, 2009 5:03 am

    “Callous and ignorant form of self-expression”, cool, count me in.

  8. January 22, 2009 5:34 pm

    Great site!

  9. January 22, 2009 9:22 pm

    What a huge waste of time for any legitimate artist.

  10. January 22, 2009 9:37 pm

    thank you for taking the time to contribute to the discussion. are you speaking for yourself? or are you able to claim to speak on wasting time for any legitimate artist?

    i know a lot of artists who argue that painting “pretty pictures” or making art which goes with furnishings is a complete waste of time

    i know artists who argue that making anything short of a institutional installation is a waste of time

    i know a lot of adults who think most art is a waste of time.

    i know people who think most contemporary art of pretty pictures which would look nice in the living room are a complete waste of time to look at.

    trying to figure out who is a legitimate artist is a waste of time

    what constitutes being a waste of time should be left to the person spending the time

  11. January 23, 2009 3:13 am

    Where are they coming from, Gwendolyn? I wish they would visit me. I can’t imagine any artist using the term ‘legitmate artist’. I can imagine lawyers and accountants using it though. What a riot fest your blog has become, cool. I reckon they must be friends of yours in costume as a form of parody. Bring on the dada mocking of the pretentious middle-class I say.

  12. January 23, 2009 3:15 am

    Haha and then I hit the link and it’s an art gallery. And the painting in the middle is a painting of the paypal and mastercard logos, hahahaha.

  13. January 23, 2009 3:18 am

    i suspect, paul , they are artists responding to the goggle open cattle call of an art show; i know them not!

    but remember, paul, poets also like to point to themselves as legitimate poets based on their own rubric, and certain poets claim that certain journals are a waste of time…hahahaha!

  14. January 23, 2009 3:38 am

    Ah well, that is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish drippings. There are certain people who like to call themselves’legitmate editors’ too but lets not fire that one up again. I had a rubric cube once. I am thinking of starting an ejournal. I’m going to call it “The world’s ulitmate bestest ever poetry journal.” Would you like to submit to me?

  15. January 23, 2009 3:06 pm

    @AP – Hey, you’ve got your opinions, I’ve got mine. If the theme was mocking Obama via shoe concept art, I’d feel the same. Plus, isn’t this conversation part of the concept? Isn’t my objection an important element? The site’s name is “art predator” which is rather provacative, it seems.

    I just feel being one-sided like this hides the fact that Obama could be very similar to Bush, only with the benefit of Bush’s horrible precedents, dressed up in Obama’s hope-filled rhetoric. Also, being “better than Bush” is a low bar, so I’m not impressed with that standard of measurement.

    It is too soon to tell if Obama will be no less warlike, corporate-favoring, or classist than other politicians. I’m not inclined to think so. His inauguration left Washington a mess of litter and pollution (did you see photos afterwards? the place was trashed, literally) spent millions on excess consumption, and lined his pockets with big business sponsorship. I’m not comfortable with any of that. He could have had a tasteful, modest celebration without all the waste, it could have been a lovely statement – but it was politics as usual. His face is selling more trinkets, mementos, and magazines than Bush’s mug ever will – all wasteful.

    As for his supporting the arts – look at the hackneyed celebrants on his stages – the same 10-20 artists got to parade around – nothing new, nothing bold, no great thinkers and philosophers – mostly actors and pop stars. Sure, some are very talented, but I’m not interested in Washington becoming the next Hollywood.

    Anyway, I hope for the best as well. I really do. But I think artists need to go a bit deeper into the issues, rather than pander to the public clamoring for Bush-hate. It’s too easy a formula to follow.

  16. April 25, 2010 1:03 am

    haha i didnt know people had to use waterbottles as sandles!

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