Exhibition Dates: June 27 – July 27, 2013
Artwork Due to gallery: June 19, 2013
The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (AKA “The Ladydrawers”) is a ridiculous, amazing, and largely pointless endeavor that combines a love of giggling with a display of moxie the likes of which have never before been seen in this universe, or in others glimpsed on late-night sci fi television programs.
We are a loose and lawless collaboration between women, men, transgender, and non-binary gender folk, with skill levels ranging from professional to enthusiast. We research, perform, and publish comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large. Sometimes there are puppets. Often there are charts. Pie is not irrelevant. (Real pie, not a pie chart, although we use those quite a bit too.) Cats, jokes about cats, and inside jokes that sound like they are about other things but are actually about cats form the secondary basis for our pedagogical investigations.
This summer we will undertake a new project in Chicago, a workshop series and exhibition. It is an exciting summer program at the crux of innovative art-making practices, social commentary, and critical pedagogy. Unfortunately cats are not allowed in the gallery space. Otherwise it would just have been an exhibition of cuteness. Instead, apparently, it has to be art.
This is where you come in. As a curiosity-driven, friendly team of amateur researchers, performers, comics creators, and educators, we’ll be supplying some of the artwork, workshops, and original murals for the exhibition from the crew of people who have worked with us or hung around in the past. But we also want to work with you.
We’re seeking work for display, workshop leaders, and collaborative muralists for our very exciting summer program. We are open to your creative and fun cultural production ideas that focus on any two areas in our set of concerns: economics, race, sexuality and gender. These can be performance-based, cultural interventions, or Bristol Board. We will also have a reading room, where we would be more than happy to consider a book you submit. Perhaps you want to have a wall where people write down how much money they think various superheroes are worth? Maybe you have recreated a scene from Maus in cheesecake that is fraught with gender conflicts. Or, likely, you just make incredibly cool illustrations / comics / paintings / sculptures about trying to get by. We want to see ‘em.*
Please include a short biographical statement in a word document and up to three JPG images of less than 1MB each. These can be of separate works, or of separate views of the same work. Do not send more than three images. If you are proposing a workshop, please send a separate word doc describing the workshop. If you would like to be considered a muralist, please indicate so in your cover letter, and send three relevant work samples. We are requesting a $3 entry fee from each applicant (paypal to aem at anneelizabethmoore dot com), but if you cannot pay this fee you should request a waiver in advance. We will not accept submissions that have neither paid this fee nor had this fee waived. Email your submissions to: TheLadydrawers@gmail.com or contact us with questions. PROPOSALS ARE DUE MARCH 1, 2013.
This exhibition will be curated by an as-yet unnamed team of Ladydrawers, including but not limited to Anne Elizabeth Moore. If you are wondering whether or not this will actually get done, what is amazing is that somehow it always does. Preference in selections will be given to trans and non-binary gender creators, women artists, queers, and people of color. We don’t make the rules, we just subvert them.
*Do not send several oil paintings of your own penis. We are not against the inclusion of penises on images of folks of any gender, but tricking us into looking at several pictures of your penis for the sake of art is an abuse of masculine privilege, and we don’t acknowledge that here.