Harrison Council for the Arts presents “#IRL” paintings by Lori Slotkin at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, on view August 27 – September 29.
I view art making as a form of communication. I use it to express my ideas and pose questions about the changing world. The focus in my work is on adolescence and the heavy burden they currently have to survive in the age of technology. Self identity for these young adults must be achieved in a much less private and careful way than in past decades. Their lives are lived in the public domain of the internet and for many, that world and the ‘real world’ have blurred lines.
My current body of work revolves around the #irl, which signifies “in real life”. I was fascinated with this post on Instagram because what I was seeing was not real life at all. These young people were tagging themselves with #irl and snap chat filters over their faces or highly distorted images of themselves. Is that what they consider real life? Has the internet replaced social interaction to the point where people are not aware of their actual physical bodies verses their image online? In researching the post internet movement, I have come to accept that the world is forever changed by it.
Juried Art Program
The policy of the Harrison Public Library is to exhibit work by local artists, professional or amateur, which meets objective standards of excellence and artistic quality.
The purpose of the program is to make available to the community artistic experiences which will enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give recognition to local artists whose talent and work are of such quality as to warrant the respect of their fellow artists and the general public.
All shows must meet these standards. Generally, acceptance for exhibit is considered the hallmark of excellence and prizes or awards are not given. Since the show is juried, the panel of jurors will also be local artists in the field whose reputation as leaders in their own field is generally acknowledged. Specific guidelines and rules for various kinds of shows follow. The Library reserves the right in all cases to veto any detail of or arrangement for any exhibit, which does not conform, to its policy.
The Library does not carry insurance on artwork loaned to the Library for exhibit. The exhibitor must arrange insurance, and if obtained, the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library must be named as additional insured on the policy. An exhibitor must sign an Agreement to exempt the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library from all liability with respect to items on exhibit.
An exhibitor must provide a one-page typewritten price list of the work to be shown. This price list should include the name and contact information of the artist with a statement indicating that for those interested in purchasing any of the art, they must contact the artist directly. Twenty-five copies of this list will be supplied free.
Sales and Fees
Works may be sold from the Library. No commission is asked. Fees to exhibit are charged as follows and are payable three months prior to the exhibition date: One exhibitor, $75; two exhibitors, $40 each; group exhibitions $25 each exhibitor.
The appropriate staff member will be happy to schedule an Opening Reception for you. The exhibitor provides refreshments and paper goods. Mondays or Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. or Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. are recommended.
Supplied by exhibitor for personal record.
Display Card, Printed Announcements, Business Cards
An 8x10 display card stating the artist’s name, theme of exhibit, date of reception and duration of the exhibit is to be provided by the exhibitor. This card will be placed on the table in the Community Room. If provided by the artist, a supply of the artist’s printed announcements (postcards) and business cards will be placed on this table along with the price lists mentioned above.
The exhibitor is responsible for providing and mailing any printed announcements, and, if these are used, we request that some be provided to the Library for in-house distribution.
Contact the appropriate staff member to obtain information on the entry procedures. Artists from Westchester County and neighboring areas are encouraged to submit samples.
Artists are welcome to visit the Library’s Eric R. Smith Community Room where the exhibitions are held. The Community Room is used for Library programs as well as art exhibits and is furnished as is.
Exhibits are scheduled for a period of one month, usually from the first Saturday afternoon in a month, to the first Saturday morning of the following month, subject to holidays and special closings. Artwork may not be hung before 1:00 p.m. on the first day of an exhibition and must be removed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of exhibition.
Artists must arrange time for hanging and are responsible for proper and safe framing and hanging of work. Chains and S-hooks are provided by the Library to hang from picture moldings. NO TACKS, NAILS OR TAPES ARE PERMITTED ON LIBRARY WALLS.
The Library does not provide porter service, storage space, or special furnishings such as easels. Furnishings and decor in the Library proper are not available for use in the Community Room.
The appropriate staff member will write and submit publicity to the Library’s usual publicity outlets and to any others specifically requested by the artist. The exhibitor must provide a resume giving personal background, description of work, information on past exhibitions, etc. If supplied by the exhibitor, a sample of the artwork will be submitted with publicity. The appropriate staff member requires this material at least three months in advance of the exhibit.