Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Don't know what FOOT IN THE DOOR 4 is? Been living under a rock have you? Ashamed of yourself? You should be.

Foot in the Door 4 is an open exhibition for all Minnesota artists, which takes place every ten years at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Since 1980, Foot in the Door has celebrated the diversity and enthusiasm of Minnesota's visual arts community. Its the state's largest art exhibition that's all!

While some optimistic artist I have spoken to see this as a chance to get their "foot in the door" of the art world - No, No and no - the title actually refers to the fact that all art entered has to be able to fit into the 12 by 12 inch box called "the curator". Anyone living in Minnesota can submit something so yes, there is a chance that the work you lovingly spent hours on to depict a little part of your soul will be hung next to a squirrel duct-taped to a brick (as long as the squirrel tail is tucked into the 12" area...or tail-less in which case you may as well have just used a gopher or something. Think it through is all I'm saying)

I submitted a piece called "The Skeptical working men's club". I am working on a few projects involving myths and legends and such at the moment so it was good practice for that. The actual piece has been made to look a little more 3- dimension by layering the same image over and over again and is framed behind glass in a shadow box.

Apparently almost 5000 artists submitted stuff this year so its a bit of a "Where's Waldo" ("Where's Wally" for all the British out there) situation as mine gets swallowed up in the ocean of 12 by 12.

The opening reception is this Thursday the 18th. Its going to be packed.....I am both looking forward to it and dreading it in equal measures.

(This blog does not support the attachment of squirrels, gophers or any woodland creature to bricks using duct-tape (or preferred adhesive) with the exception of maybe ground hogs. Smug)

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