Centering the Margin

Curated by Anthony Ryan
Sep 5, 2014

Root Division invites artists working in all genres to submit work for an exhibition entitled Centering the Margin.

Centering the Margin is an artist-curated project focusing on artwork that concerns itself with spaces, events, and artifacts that exist just outside of our field of vision and attention. If our contemporary existence is marked by a focus on spectacle and constant stimulation, then Centering the Margin is a show that documents those things that fall outside this focus. These are things that require a change of speed or shift in focus to perceive them.

This show hopes to draw connections between artists concerned with margins, edges and interstitial spaces through diverse approaches and varied platforms of concept, representation and materials.

Works considered for the show could be:

  • pictorial works that represent spaces and moments that are glimpsed fleetingly if at all
  • process-based works that employ materials that exist solely as vessels for goods or products, or are artifacts of technologies of display and production
  • time based works that document forces or phenomena that are barely perceptible or so common as to escape notice

*These are only a few examples, the curator will entertain any works that serve to flesh out the show's overarching concept through a broad range of materials, media and approaches and set up a dialog between works that provokes an examination of this concept on the part of viewers of the exhibition.

This call for entries is meant to complete a show that currently includes the work of 7 artists including the curator, Anthony Ryan.

A total of 15 to 18 artists will be represented in the exhibition. Final selection of works will occur AFTER the Call for Entries process is complete and all artists will be given equal consideration for representation in the final exhibition to the best of our ability.

Checklist of application materials:

  • 4 images (jpegs: 72 dpi, 600x800 pixels max) (Digital only please; Sorry, no slides) Video should be submitted as a still and as a link to a web-hosted video viewer AND/OR 3-minute video clip on CD/DVD for Mac
  • Artist resume (1-2 pages max)
  • Statement outlining the relevance of submitted work to curatorial topic (250 word max)
  • SASE (for return of materials if desired)
  • $10 check/money order made payable to Root Division 

Email submissions can be sent to Submissions will also be accepted via USPS & can be mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Centering the Margin, 3175 17th Street, SF, CA 94110. (Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by 01/17/2012 for the email submission to be considered.)