The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works of art that challenges their borders, framework, format, and/or the physical and conceptual space it inhabits. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d, 3d, or 4d media, genre, and subject.
The job of the picture plane is to establish the boundaries of an artwork.
Its visual acreage is protected and reinforced by frames, pedestals, vitrines, walls—even the space of a gallery itself. These spaces are places of opportunity, and their boundaries mark the difference between experiencing art and living in the rest of the world.
A boundary shuts out the noise. It lets you know what the rules are.
The boundaries of an artwork are intended to vanish, ignored in favor of its content.
The truth is, though, that boundaries are not truly invisible, and they are not non-reactive. The context of a work, the framework of art, the place that it is displayed, these are all part of the experience of the art. It is their ordinariness that lets them fade into the background.
What happens, then, when the “normal” framework changes? When it is re-formed? When the fourth wall breaks as the art and artist make clear their awareness of the medium?
ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($5000) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’.