Failure is immediately, and publicly, apparent for sportsmen and women, whereas artistic failures tend to be private. Artists typically present only works of which they are - or at least were - proud.
Do you have any work that you consider a failure? Perhaps fatally flawed, ill-conceived or unsuccessful? Did a line of enquiry peter out, leaving abandoned artefacts and/or preparatory work?
We’re putting together a group show that will bring works together that, despite failing, say something about the process of making art or show ways in which failure could be considered a critical strategy, especially within a culture that values success so highly. Initially we are trying to create an online archive of work in order to start a discussion about failure within art practice. We plan to create an exhibition that will tour UK venues in 2011/2012.
If you think you have a piece of work with a story to tell, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Up to four images (72dpi and no bigger than 600 x 600 pixels)
• A short statement of up to 300 words about the work depicted. Include a title, if any, and please make clear why you consider it a failure.
• Make it clear if you want the work to remain anonymous
We'll get back to you about including it on a website or this blog and take it from there.
A few other things:
• Feel free to circulate this statement/call-out within your own networks
• Don't send anything other than what is described above
• Submission does not guarantee inclusion either online or in the exhibition
• It may take us some time to get back to you, so please be patient
• We will be seeking funding for the exhibition, but as yet we have no money, hence the initial call-out being via email
• We will create a mailing list dedicated to this project. If you would rather not go on this please let us know.