When I created gather.art I envisioned a simple space humans could virtually gather and share, heal and listen. While only in its infancy, it will always be a work in progress, similar to art, ourselves and the society. But no one could quite fathom the global climate we have been asked to withstand. And perhaps now, more than ever, we need to gather every resource that is conducive to the restoration of the human condition and uplift one another.
As a micro art residency, each selected artist will have a solo exhibit in our online gallery for 10 days. 10 (moving) images or 10 objects or 10 sounds or 10 pieces.
I also wanted to create an international artist directory with your artist name and your link for simple documentation purposes. Similarly, all the solo exhibits will be archived and your bio and/or artist statement will be recorded in our blog/news section (unless requested otherwise). If you would like to contribute in other ways -- workshop/lectures, guest or perm writer, curate, etc, please reach out.
As an artist also, I never enjoyed this 'pay to play' model that has grown rampant. We ought to be advocating for the exact opposite. This is partially why I wanted to create an online solo opportunity for emerging artists, with the options to publish writing, or encourage visibility via in depth interviews. The micro residency aspect will be tailored to the artist's need (mentorship, artist writing, idea development, composition feedback, or simply a good old fashion chat about what's on your mind).
As our societies heal, we can begin to reconsider the physical shows -- as there is never quite the replacement for the site specific installations (but my bias seeps in here). However, returning to our ways, would not be the way forward. So, I guess, this is a place to think out loud, with other artists, and workshop ideas to contribute to the healing of our micro and macro systems.
Debbie YJ Lin