TempContemp Applications Open

Is your work Schmuck? Or more Schmock?
Is this a debate between highbrow and lowbrow? Is it a reference to art crafted from detritus? Is anyone out there actually making work about (or even with) Schmock?
We believe you are. 

APPLY NOW
Applications close Sunday 13 January, 2019


Schmuck/Schmock?

(Schmuck = jewellery, Schmock = the ring of skin removed from the penis after  circumcision).

While TempContemp were brainstorming possible exhibition themes, we noted an ambiguous comment on a Facebook thread, questioning the judicial choices that govern the official Schmuck selection. 

The conversation went something like this (paraphrased):

Question: Why is it that every year, the judging panel for Schmuck changes, yet the selected artists remain the same?

Answer (one of several): ‘Schmock,’ meaning the ring of skin removed from the penis and discarded after circumcision.

Naturally, this left us wanting to know more! (We are a long way from Germany, after all). So let us discuss:

Is your work Schmuck? Or more Schmock? 

Is this a debate between highbrow and lowbrow? 

Is it a reference to art crafted from detritus? 

Is it about criticism? The Act of judgement that deems a work unnecessary or unworthy of the narrative and casts it aside? Or Who makes the choices about what we see and recognise officially as ‘contemporary jewellery’. Or is it about What has been accepted or rejected (e.g. a ‘ring of skin’ might be rejected for aesthetic or sanitary reasons)?

Is anyone out there actually making work about (or even with) Schmock? We believe you are. 

So if you feel your work has been shouting out on precisely these themes (or similar) and just waiting for an exhibition like this to be announced, please apply with a work and statement about your interpretation and experience! Like our previous shows, we want Schmuck/Schmock exhibition to be shaped by what we hear back from artists practicing in or around Contemporary Jewellery.

This exhibition will align in timing with Schmuck and the Munich Jewellery Week 2019, but don’t be mistaken, it will be held right here in Australia!

And just to declare any potential conflict of interest, our co-curator Laila Marie Costa has just been accepted as part of the 2019 schmuck exhibition! So we are no longer impartial bystanders (as if we ever were) – but also, unavoidably part of the system. Oops!

Applications close Sunday, 13 January 2019

APPLY HERE: www.northcity4.com/tempcontemp-apply

Exhibition Dates: 11 March – 16 March 2019

For enquiries, please email gallery@northcity4.com

Due to a tight turnaround we are looking for existing work, but welcome a range of work from object, image, performance, projection or installation to writing and just about anything you can think of. 

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