Check out this sprawl: urban blight as an artform

Artcite is currently accepting submissions from the Windsor-Essex and Detroit area for their newest collaborative photography installment, “Check Out This Sprawl.”

The exhibit will be presented alongside the Citizen’s Environment Alliance’s (CEA) annual “Smogfest” events in Artcite’s west gallery.

The photographs submitted to Artcite must investigate or highlight issues of sprawl in the area.

The photographs may include themes of community, economy, social impact of big box and suburban development, encroachment of farmland and green spaces to big box and housing developments, historic buildings lost to new development, under-utilized and ailing buildings and neighbourhoods, or urban blight.

Artcite is also looking for photographs that reflect positive social change in the community, such as revitalized buildings, neighbourhoods, and guerilla gardening, among other things.

All submissions that fit the above criteria will be included in this collective installation.

There are no restrictions in regards to photo dimensions and photos can be in colour or black and white, and can be digitally printed.

The photos will be hung in a first come, first hung in salon style. There is also no limit on the number of photographs a person may submit, but Artcite is asking that individuals include an identification label with the artist’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

In this exhibit work from celebrated photographer John Ganis of Detroit, among many other photographers will be displayed.

Ganis is currently showing a number of his photographs in a traveling installation called, “Imaging a Shattering Earth” at the National Gallery of Canada.

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Another featured artist is Adam Glover with his installation piece, “Man Made.”

According to Glover, “Man Made” is “an installation based on selectively choosing and displaying some of the ‘video images’ from my ever growing collection of urban subject matter across a series of out-dated televisions at random looping intervals.”

Glover stated, “These images address the issue of urban sprawl but from the point of view of an individual trying to look for the soul within it. There is a terrible beauty within the face mass-production.”

Glover works with image creation, manipulation and multiplication.

Additionally, Glover has also been “actively engaged in the capturing the likenesses of subjects that reflect the role of the individual within the generic,” in his words.

Through this, Glover has begun the production of video loops based on a process of fragmentations using older technologies and showing the leavings of a sprawling community.

If you are interested in submitting to this collective installation, all submissions are to be brought to Artcite, located at 109 University Ave. W., by Saturday, May 17 at 5 p.m.

The “Check Out This Sprawl” exhibit will open on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m. and runs until Saturday, June 21 at 5 p.m.

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