Call Detail
Machine Dreams
Entry Deadline: 10/22/21
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Oregon

Open Call Description: 

Carnation Contemporary (Portland, OR) is accepting entries for an exhibition of risograph printed ephemera and artwork of varying sizes and formats. Acknowledging the technical and utilitarian aspect of duplication and editioning made possible through risograph processes, in addition to the burgeoning fine arts usages of the machine, we are seeking submissions that range from didactic to abstract to experimental to figural to informational. The objects/prints submitted can be produced by individuals or collectives. The selected works will be contextualized through an exploration of riso as a communicative process that complicates the once-quotidian printer and augments artists' capacity to disseminate their work. 


About the Curator: Ella Ray is an art historian, cultural worker, and curator who produces texts, environments, and exhibitions that imagine, and attempt to realize, worlds otherwise. Ray sees remapping, remixing, archiving, and highlighting Black art histories as a community-based practice that must occur beyond the academy and museum spaces. In this work, Ella Ray attempts to trace the contours of where visual and written culture intersect and inform both everyday and dream-spaces.


A note from Carnation:

Carnation Contemporary is a member-funded art gallery in Portland, OR. We acknowledge that the history and culture of gallery spaces have not been inclusive to BIPOC artists historically and currently. We are working to dismantle this structure, and our own, to generate a more equitable space for artists and arts workers. All are welcome to our space and to apply to this call. BIPOC, LGBTQUI2S+ artists and people from historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.


Application Requirements

Materials Requested: 

Contact Information (names and email)

Description of work  (300-word max): Provide a statement describing the concept of your work.

Artist Resumes: Upload the resumes of all artists included in the exhibition. (PDF or Word)

Artist Website: if applicable

Arist Instagram handle: if applicable 

Up to 5 Work Samples for submission for this specific exhibition

Image Descriptions: Provide any contextual or technical information related to your work. Include artist name, title, year, media, and dimensions for each image. For video/audio work, upload one still per artwork and provide youtube or vimeo link in details.


Applications will only be accepted via CaFE. No physical application materials will be considered.


Important Dates:

Application Deadline: October 22, 2021

Application Review: October 22-31, 2021

Notification: Beginning of November

Shipped Works arrived by: November 26, 2021

Exhibition Dates: December 2021



Eligibility Criteria