Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Call For Entries... I-MYGRATE

I get calls for entries all the time, some times two or three a week. I'm however very picky about who I'll work with and where I'll send my work, and I've been getting more so lately. for the most part I refuse to forward any call for entries that I my self would not participate in. I'm very much against any kind of show that involves an entry fee, if the work is on the wall for sale, why do they need my Lincoln, Hamilton, or Jacksons? Where is the incentive to sell work if the rent has already been paid by hoards of young artists trying to get someone to look at their slides? I also usually have problems with shows wherein the artwork doesn't come back as is common with print shows. It's cheaper for them not to send work back, and hey, it's just a print right? you have a lot more of them, right? But the issue is more about control of the work, and respecting the intrinsic value of it. I like to know where and for how long my work will be on a wall, and if it's going to end up in some one's hands, I want them to respect and value the work. If a piece is worth hanging on a wall and showing to people then perhaps it's not worth giving away.(unless of course it's made out o really crappy materials and will not only self destruct in a matter of years but will also damage whatever else it's stored near... jokes on you)

That having been said, here's a call for entries that involves not getting work back, but because I really like these guys, the projects they create and the artists they work with, I'll make an exception.

is a new project hosted by Anteism.

On August 1st 2007 anteism will be traveling across North America. Along with us will be a variety of characters. These characters will range from pleasant to shady, handsome to monstrous, wise to numbskull. There could be hundreds! All piled into a little rust bucket car. They may have four arms, bad breath or??? The only condition is, they must fit on an 8.5x11 piece of paper…

The Basics:
Anteism is calling out for character artwork submissions. Do you have a character that you draw, scribble, paint or photograph? We would like to bring them on our road trip.

We want to disperse your characters across North America. Each character will be left somewhere along the way (between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean). They will be left all alone to fend for themselves. Relying on the kindness of strangers for a lift to their next destination. They could be left in a gas station bathroom, under the table of a greasy diner or on a road sign up in the Rocky Mountains.

But not to worry, we will do our best to keep our eyes on them. We have agents all over North America who will keep us updated on their where-abouts. We will keep you informed with photos as they come in. If you really loved your character you would let them go. If you’re lucky they may come back.

The project goal:

The goal of the project is to distribute artist’s characters across the continent. A migration from their comfortable studios/sketchbooks, to the great outdoors. We have setup a method for allowing your characters to migrate with the help of the community. We will document where they have been left and make an effort to track them.

After you have sent us your character they will be added to the many other wide-eyed road trippers. As we make our way across the continent characters will be left behind. They’ll be left in a place where a passerby will find them.

Definition: (finder = unknowing stranger who comes into contact with your character.”)

Project instructions will be printed on the back of each character. These instructions will tell the “finder” of the character about the project. The finder will be asked to take the character to a new location, photograph it in it’s new surrounding then send the photo+location to anteism. We hope to chart the course of the characters and document their travels. It will be a tough journey and many characters will be lost along the way. But they just might make it home. The characters will have an expiry date. Once the date is up, the “finder” will be asked to send the character to anteism. We will then send the character home to the artist.

How to take part? / What to submit?
To take part in the project you must submit the following:

  1. -Create a character designed to fit on an 8.5x11 piece of paper.

  2. -After you’ve designed the character, cutout around the outlines of the little guy. (Don’t make any extremities to delicate this will be a long trip.)

  3. -You may send in as many submissions as you wish. Please do not submit multiple versions of the same character. Entries should be received by July 1st 2007. Anything coming after this date risks the chance of being left behind…

Mail the original artwork to:
Ryan Thompson
2758 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria, BC
V8R 5B9


- Please send the characters information along with them. Name + any other information you think people should know about the little guy. Life story + reason for going on the trip or???

-I’m asking for original artwork because we will be having an art show after the project is complete. The originals will be on display and archived in the anteism library. (With the possibility of a book being published.)

-Your character will be cloned (colour copied) and genetically modified (laminated) to withstand the harsh North American outdoors.


  1. - Original artworks will not be returned. If your traveling character survives the duration of the project we will mail them back to you.

  2. - By submitting artworks the artist gives permission for Anteism to show the artwork in public shows (The artist will always be credited along with any contact info they wish to share).

  3. - The artwork will NEVER be sold.

  4. -The artwork may be printed in a book. If a book is created the artist will be credited and a copy of the book will be mailed to the artist.
  1. -The artwork will appear on the anteism website with credit to the artist and a link to website/email if desired.

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