Our methods of self -discovery can be presented in both overt and covert ways. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Anyone got a mask?
“Social Rejection”, which runs until July 25th addresses artists’ realities through a collective of rejection letters. Littering the walls with redundant prose, viewers will notice phrases such as:
“We regret to inform you that you have not been accepted.”
“At this time we are not hiring.”
“We thank you for your submission, but unfortunately are unable to approve your request.”
The terminology used is stripped of personal attachment, instead stamped with a proliferation of stern supremacy, ultimately dismantling an artist self worth. Although some letters touch on generic terminology as listed above, many of the letters are painfully numbing and full of unbecoming, disingenuous comments. In this exhibit, curated by artist rights’ activist Clayton Windatt, hundreds upon hundreds of letters mask the walls (and even the floor) in attempt to bring together a community of the rejected – some that openly admit such shuns and others that quietly subdue their shame.
What to expect: A mural of white-washed rejection letterheads presented from writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers – creators of content—who have been marginalized by guidelines.
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