Call for Artists: Leather Archives & Museum

A Call for works examining the intersections of materiality and alternative sexualities


DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:59 PM (Central Time)

The Leather Archives & Museum, Guest Artist Gallery is currently accepting entries for its first group exhibition scheduled to open in July 2017 and run through December 2017. There is no set theme guiding the content or subject matter of exhibited works; however, as the title MATERIALKINK suggests, we are interested in selecting the work of artists that creatively engage materials within the context of alternative sexuality. The final shape and themes of MATERIALKINK will emerge from the selected works.

Leather. Rubber. Latex. Denim. Steel. Wax. Rope. Shoe Polish. Body Hair. Electrodes.  These are a sampling of the materials that structure and accompany the varied identities and practices that broadly comprise Leather sex, BDSM, kink, and fetishism. Almost always in direct relation to the body, these and many other materials are hyper-charged surfaces, objects, and substances invested with erotic significance and value, accumulations of personal history, fantasies, attachments, affects, and desires. These materialities are often modified, manipulated, and re/combined in response to shifting needs, ways of playing, or to expand and intensify their sensorial potentialities. The materiality of kinky sex matters a great deal.

The Leather Archives & Museum, GAG Gallery is particularly interested in reviewing the submission of artworks produced within the last three years that: demonstrate creative uses of materials in relation to alternative sexality; are inspired by the varied materialities of Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetishism themselves; explore kink-identified approaches to art-making materials; creatively incorporate, process, or transform kinky materials in ways that ask questions or generate provocative dialogues between art making and the crafting of radical and deviant sexualities.




MATERIALKINK is open to artists at any stage in their careers 18 years of age or older. Eligible entries must represent original works produced within the last three years which address or are informed by an interest in the practices, histories, and cultures of leather/bdsm/kink/fetish as well as an aesthetic or conceptual engagement with materials and materiality. All submissions will be carefully considered. ARTISTS ACROSS AND BEYOND THE GENDER SPECTRUM, TRANS ARTISTS, AND ARTISTS OF COLOR ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT WORK FOR CONSIDERATION.



Open to traditional and non-traditional works that engage the themes of the exhibition in the following mediums: painting/drawing, photography, sculpture, performance documentation/ephemera, multiples, fiber and craft-based objects, mixed media, and video. Small-scale installation proposals will also be considered.



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Thursday, March 30, 2017
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6418 N Greenview Ave
Chicago  Illinois  60660
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