Wednesday 2 August 2023

Open Call for artists | Color in the water: Autumn Transformations

Open call for submissions to painters for an exhibition of contemporary watermedia to be held in Athens this  Autumn. The exhibition is part of his initiative "COLOR IN WATER" of Art Curator Paris Kapralos aiming to promote artists using watermedia on paper, and it can include artists living and working in Greece and Cyprus, regardless of nationality or origin. The official languages of the exhibition are Greek and English, and it will take place at the Luminous Eye Gallery (Acropolis Museum area) in Athens. The exhibition will also be accessible internationally through the ARTgrID platform.

The exhibition will have a catalog in both Greek and English languages.

The exhibition will accept artworks created using watermedia on paper (such as watercolor, water-soluble inks, watercolor pencils, pigments, natural water-soluble dyes) as well as alternative media such as tea, coffee, etc.

The themes of the artworks can revolve around either human-centered or natural landscapes, traditional representations of autumn, or human-centered works focusing on the perceptions, psychological and philosophical transitions of the era, existential issues, existential and ontologigal subjects.

Conceptual framework. Autumn has been depicted in various ways in Art, becoming a favorite subject in watermedia since its invention. It is a mysterious season during which nature transforms, colors change, and night progresses against the day. The word "Autumn" has a long history in Greece, etymologically derived from the words "φθίνω" (diminish) + "ὀπώρα" (fruit). It is first mentioned in writing by Thucydides (5th century BC) and has been used for centuries to describe the transitional season. Notably, the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Panathenaic festivals of Ancient Athens were celebrated during this time to honor the arrival (image) of the goddess Athena, a cosmological symbol of truth's victory over falsehood. Martin Heidegger also provides an interesting semantic context for Autumn, with his theory of "ontological autumn" in his work "Sein und Zeit" (Being and Time), first published in 1927. Heidegger analyzes time and existence and attempts to comprehend the truth of existence (Dasein). According to him, human existence is a continuous movement between three temporal states: the past, the present, and the future. However, Heidegger acknowledges that human existence is finite, and death is inevitable. "Ontological autumn" refers to the state of human existence that recognizes its finite nature, the inevitable movement towards death, and the transformation of time. It signifies the acknowledgment of the world's and one's own transformation and metamorphosis, preparing for the transition to a more authentic and independent existence.

Artworks on paper must be framed, and canvas works must be stretched.

Eligibility. Artists who have reached the age of 18 and reside in Greece and Cyprus, regardless of their origin or nationality, can participate in the exhibition.

Submission requirements. Interested artists should send an email to with the subject "CIW8" and include the following:
1. Photos of up to 2 available artworks in separate image files in jpg format, of large size, good clarity, and high resolution. Note that the submitted artworks are not merely indicative. If selected, you can exclusively exhibit the submitted artworks. Artworks on paper should be photographed without a frame/glass.
2. Details of the artworks, listed in the order of: File name (e.g., A1.JPG), Artist's Full Name, Artwork Title, Materials and Technique, Dimensions (in centimeters, Height X Width), Completion Year.
3. Your contact information: Full Name, Email, Contact Phone.

Important notes:
- Any clarifications, inquiries, and questions strictly related to the submission process should be sent in writing via email to the above submission address and will be answered within 24 hours. Information about the exhibition's conduct and the proposal offered, if selected, will be provided only to the chosen artists after the selection process, not before.

- Submissions that do not include all the requested information or do not follow the appropriate formulation and submission method will be disregarded.

- If selected, we will contact you directly through an answering email providing comprehensive information about your participation process.

- The exhibition welcomes both new artworks specifically created for submission and older artworks that you believe represent you, are relevant to the theme, and you would like to present in the exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Till Sunday September 24, 2023, at 23:59'.

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