The Biennial Project is organized an open call to artists worldwide for the Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 online-juried competition and digital presentation. We took our merry band on the Road to crop dust the West with international art, and to expose local artists to the bright lights of the world stage.
It’s About US
Selected artists were presented in a digital display at The Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 Hoodang* (that is a reception for you non Texans) held at El Cosmico, a 18 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. The Biennial Project’s massive entourage stayed in Marfa that entire week to promote the show to local contemporary artists, residents and gallerists. This is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Federico DelFrati and Ieva Jakusonoka were honored with the title of Golden Armadillo (The Grand Prizewinner) and will have a solo gallery show on our website, in addition to a solo blog posting of 15 pieces or his/her work to our on-line audience. All finalists were included in the event at El Cosmico, and early entrants were selected as the featured submission of the week on this site.
The Jurors were the members of The Biennial Project: a collaborative project started by artists Eric Hess and Anna Salmeron which includes art friends Stephanie Arnett, Sonia Domkarova, Martha McCollough and special guest Juror, Lizzy Wetzel. We wish explore the nature and understand the perception of biennial exhibits within the art world, and, in so doing, to develop a collective body of work that will be exhibited in as many biennial exhibits as possible especially the really cool ones.
Now you may ask why Marfa, Texas. Well for those of you who might not know, get all fired up because this tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert is nothing less than an arts world station of the cross, like Art Basel in Miami, or Documenta in Germany. It’s a blue-chip arts destination for the sort of glamorous scenesters who visit Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum and the drugs. It all started when the acclaimed minimalist artist Donald Judd left New York City in the 1970s for this dusty dot of a town, wanting to escape the art scene he claimed to disdain. With the help of the DIA Foundation, Judd acquired an entire Army base, and before he died in 1994 he filled it with art, including light installations by Dan Flavin and Judd’s own signature boxes. Now it’s a whole creative community. A creative community that needs to see your work!