ERGO: An International Call / Calls & Submissions
The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works of art made in relation to the body in form or function. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental, including both 2d and 3d forms and media.
For millennia objects and images have been made, shaped, and formed in relation to the human body. One nearly-unique attribute of human identity is the creation and use of tools—things not us but designed by us to magnify us. The human body operates in particular ways, thanks to evolution and environmental forces, and therefore the byproducts of human industriousness conform, naturally, to the ubiquitous lens of body-being shared by humans. ‘Good design’ in the larger sense of the term is that which does this better.
But, beyond ‘industrial’ functionality, art often positions itself as a prompt of physicality, deliberately posed as a reflection of, or a catalyst for experience from the bodily point of view. What does this mean? Through shape, size, interactive aspects (real or implied), or even narrative content, art may bring forward an awareness of the viewer’s, or the artist’s, own physicality as a particular focus of the work’s content. With ERGO Manifest seeks to present a selection of works revealing how artists approach this today, deliberately offering this exhibit as a simultaneous counterpoint to our annual NUDE exhibition, which approaches the human body as subject in a very different way.