“The Devil in the Straight Line”
Open Juried Show
Sponsored by International Encaustic Artists
Venue: Bakehouse Art Complex, Audrey Love Gallery Miami, Florida Entry Deadline: August 1, 2014 October 6-14, 2014Reception and 2nd Friday Artwalk: October 10, 2014 Juror: Henning Haupt Curators: Flo Bartell and Lola Baltzell Reception, Thursday October 2, 7-10 PM . The reception coincides with the Second Friday Artwalk. Typically attendance is 350 patrons, and the artists in the complex have open studios. 2D Minimum: 12 inches on shortest side. All work must fit through the gallery doors which are 81 inches tall and 65 inches wide. 3D work must stand securely on the floor, or on a 36- inch square standing pedestal. If accepted work is to be suspended from the ceiling, or otherwise requires special handling for installation, the artist must be present for and aid in the installation.
This open juried show, entitled “The Devil in the Straight Line,” is inspired by Austrian Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the best- known late 20th century artists. This iconoclastic, nature-loving, artist created zany masterpieces of unruly shapes and vibrant color, expressions of a powerful idealism that compelled people to think out of the box.
Hundertwasser’s approach has been described as“Gegen die gerade Linie”, against the straight line. He considered straight lines “the devil’s tools,” associating them with the ills of modern civilization: coldness and sterility of industrial design, detachment from nature, and cruelty of wars fought with machines. Straight lines he thought immoral and atheistic as painting is a religious experience. There are no straight lines in nature.
Encaustic painting lends itself beautifully to Hundertwasser’s ideals. For “The Devil in the Straight Line,” the juror will select work for this exhibition that reflects the beauty of Hundertwasser’s undulating lines and riots of color. Miami is also the perfect setting for dynamic, colorful expression.