Orbital is a project that provides artists with the opportunity to display work in LEWIS offices world-wide. Orbital means mobility over distance and geographical locations, the circulation and display of artworks in non-traditional spaces. The project avoids the use of exhibition and curation, as the spaces are not traditional exhibition spaces open to the public. Instead, terms such as display and placement and practices of spatial design are used to define the exact nature of the project.
In our displays, we combine original and digitally reproduced artwork, locally sourced. Salon installations in a non-art space narrate these displays. In addition to the display of work, we include text-based material that includes artists’ statements about their artwork and contact details. Orbital also offers online space for showing and promoting artists’ work through LEWIS’ online platforms.
The benefit for artists and institutions is a social one, both for the employees of LEWIS and the artists involved. Detailed information is provided on each artist so that staff and clients can access these individuals out of personal and professional interest.
The current opportunity is a call for entries that will be displayed in the office in Downtown San Francisco, CA.
Subject matter is entirely open, but submitted work should explore the theme of “Inspired by a Famous Lewis” – such as C.S. Lewis (Narnia), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Merriweather Lewis (Lewis & Clark exploration), Emmanuel Lewis (Webster), Lewis Hamilton (race track driver), and John Lewis (Civil rights activists).
Themes could include (but are not limited to) fantasy, whimsy, adventure, comedy, activism, speed racing, back-to-the-future, the Old West and collaboration.
Selected works, will be exhibited at the LEWIS office in San Francisco, CA, for a 12-month period.
– August 31st – Submission deadline
– Sept 25th – selection and confirmation of artworks
– Oct 1st – Installation Conditions of Entry
The call for entries is open to any artist who is currently working in painting, drawing, printmaking (traditional or digital), digital media, or design.
– Print-quality (high resolution) images should be submitted for consideration. Files must include artist name, titles, dimensions, medium and year. – — – Each submission can include up to 6 images.
– A short statement (100 words max) and CV of the artist should be submitted alongside images.
– The above assets should be sent via Dropbox to Kira Gaber [email protected]
– Artists of the selected works will be contacted to arrange for delivery of works. Artists are responsible for shipping costs in the instance that local delivery is not possible.
– Artists of the selected works will be provided an Artist Agreement Form that muse be signed and emailed.
– All submissions are due on August 31st and the selected artists will be notified by September 25th.