20 Nov 2020
WORDS AND PICTURES
The bodies we must exist in affect every aspect of our lives. The societal norms around them–how they should look, feel, eat, have sex, move, age–are some of the most deeply entrenched we navigate.
The six artists of No End in Sight work with the idea of the body: how the physical affects identity, how chronic illness and disability affect creative practice, exploring interactions with their own or other bodies. The exhibition was curated by emerging curator and artist Charlie J Meyers aka @curatorwithamigraine, and writer by Sara Rose Jansen presented in our virtual exhibition space.
“Words and Pictures” is a selection of artists writing about other artists with an emphasis on exciting emerging and under-represented artists titled This issue contains artwork and writing by: Hannah Antalek, Georgina Arroyo, Cole Bourgeois, Hanna Brody, Fiona Buchanan, Alley Horn, Jennifer Mawby, Sara Minsky, Gabriella Moreno, Qinza Najm, Sophia Reed, Iván Sikic, Tracy Szatan, and Peter Tresnan.
This issue we feature Beth Frey whose highly relevant self portrait video works are at the intersection of drawing, augmented reality, and green screen technology and distributed via a social media app. VAPor is an experimental web-presented space for new media, online, and technology aided projects aiming to explore how media content can be shown, shared, and distributed.
In addition to the artists and writers who contributed to Words and Pictures content this issue, we are grateful for the significant contributions made by: Alley Horn, Hanna Brody, Charlie J Meyers, and Sara Rose Jansen (in no order of effort or priority). Thank you also to Mark Glover Masterson for diligent proofreading and copy editing services.
FROM THE EDITOR
I am very pleased to present the content for our online relaunch of Vantage Art Projects 2020. We are expecting to release online content on approximately a quarterly basis and will be opening calls for submission for future issues.
Vantage Art Projects began in 2008 as an arts communication venture with a unique concept for exhibitions-in-print, media and publishing projects. VAP 2020 continues in the spirit as we expand to be a collaborative, curated, artist-run project combining both virtual and IRL (in-real-life) opportunities, exhibitions, and projects.
The three pillars of VAP:
- Creating alternative and parallel, collaborative opportunities for emerging and under-represented contemporary artists;
- Using accessible language to foster broad engagement with the contemporary arts;
- Leveraging technology to communicate and connect about the contemporary arts.
We believe that art is an essential service.
Vantage Art Projects expresses is grateful to be a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Jennifer Mawby, co-founder and director of Vantage Art Projects.
20 November 2020.