The Corner Shop Linden Presents: “Gnomad 2014”
The travelling gnome prank is the practice of returning a garden gnome "to the wild"; or as was the case in "le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulin"- (the french film Amelie) it involves stealing a gnome, taking it on a trip, and photographing it at famous landmarks, with the photos being mailed to the befuddled owner. Amelie persuades her father to follow his dream of touring the world by stealing his garden gnome and having a flight attendant friend airmail pictures of it posing with landmarks from all over the world.
- The are many references in popular culture to “gnoming” since the early nineties.
- There are even some “radicals” known as garden gnome liberationists.
- These individuals and groups advocate the "freedom" of garden gnomes, so they often abduct or “re-locate” the gnomes.
- The phenomenon and the liberationists have received substantial media coverage and been featured in films, games, television and local news stories.
The Corner Shop in Linden invites you to submit artwork based on the above premise, for the an end of year exhibition entitled “Gnomad” , opening on the 27th of November 2014.
The idea is:
We are calling on artists to create/invent a “Gnomad” based on the travelling Gnome concept.
The work you submit can be format of your choice. You can submit up to 5 works. The works can be two dimensional or three dimensional.
( You work needn’t be an actual gnome figurine - perhaps related objects or any conceptually related idea you find intriguing. Should you choose to work on a more traditional approach, that’s also fine.) The important thing is that you relate your invented “Gnomad’s” character/ attitude etc to your artwork.
“Corner Shop” passports will be given to the buyers of the artworks (when they collect the work) and they will be encouraged to take snapshots of their “ Gnomads” wherever they may travel locally, internationally, or just around town , over the next 12 months.
Buyers and artists will be invited to post pics on the Corner shop website and facebook page through the year. The artist’s info about the work will be printed in the passports as well as published online. So please send us your info timeously.
Info we will need would be:
- A very brief artists Bio
- Title of artwork, a few words about your idea/ concept and your Gnomad’s name.
- Medium, size, artists price.
The idea evolves:
- A year from now we will host the “Gnome-coming” exhibition of the 2014 Gnomads as well as any 2015 additions.
- All I’m saying is go big or... you guessed it... go Gnome.
See you at “Gnomad 2014”