Malaspina Art Society is co-sponsoring the planned What the Plus + Group Exhibition and Festival this summer 2021 in Powell River and we are looking for especially qathet region/Coastal BCLGBTQ2S+ artists interested in producing up to 3 NEW works on our ‘Creative Self Portrait’ theme in any media, and/or less formal works on the same theme (e.g. writing of all kinds, photography, illustrations, cartoons) with corresponding online content for our Q(uee)R Zine! DEADLINE to express interest is APRIL 15, 2021 (deadline to submit actual work will be mid-July, 2021).
Please enjoy a look at the creative process of Powell River artist Ursula Medley as she produced the wonderful triptych “Out of the Woods” for the group art show Underbrush: Mycelium Rising
Edible, poisonous, healing, destroying, feeding, transforming, nurturing, mind-altering, so tiny as to be invisible, and yet the largest single living thing on Earth,* mycelium cover much of the planet’s land surface, performing symbiotic tasks like providing underground networks inter-plant communication, crumbling rocks and minerals to make them bioavailable to plants, creating a true natural web.
When fruiting, via mushrooms, they create fantastical shapes, colours and patterns that have inspired artists forever; they really are magical in other ways as well, with their sometimes inherent psychoactive and medicinal attributes, industrial potential in removing toxins from our environment, and of course, as an important food source for creatures during the waxing and waning months in the spring and autumn.
As metaphor, mushrooms are to me like artwork is for artists: the manifestation of so much going on in our minds and souls; these precious and fleeting manifestations of a moment in time in our progress through our lifetimes. Enjoy our little online gallery of mycelium/mushroom inspired works by local qathet region artists.
Many thanks to our participating artists for their beautiful contributions. It’s my hope that soon we will be able to display these pieces in a gallery setting as well.
Tap on the thumbnail images below to see the full/larger versions, with details on the work and how to purchase or contact the artists, just underneath the larger versions; you may also read or leave a comment at the very bottom of each enlargement.
Malaspina Art Society is happy to announce our autumn 2020 group art Virtual Group Art show titled ‘Underbrush: Mycelium Rising’
We are inviting all artists in the qathet region to submit new work produced within the last 2 years in any medium that reflects our theme as developed by Giovanni Spezzacatena. Here is a very recent link to a Zoom Discussion with lots of film clips from the feature film Fantastic Fungi to get your creative juices flowing (scroll the timeline to see the film clips).
APPLY BY FILLING OUT THE ONLINE FORM BELOW.
**Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae or shiro. The word mycelium literally means “more than one”, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus; it is the main part of the fungus. The mushrooms that we eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism – the fruiting bodies, like the apple off a tree: the tree, leaves, bark, and extensive root system give birth to the visible fruit.
What: “Underbrush: Mycelium Rising” is a Group Art Exhibition based on the concept and cultural manifestation of Mycelium – and their fruiting bodies: mushrooms. While open to interpretation, the title of the show encourages a point of view that focuses beyond simply representing mushrooms, but into the function and form of mycelium (and mushrooms) also as a metaphor for social issues. Any medium will be accepted (photography, painting/illustration, collage, sculpture/ ceramics, fibre-based work, video, animation, interactive work, sound pieces, installation, written works, etc.)As for the title, the ‘Mycelium Rising’ part of the title is in reference to this famous mushroom book by Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running.
Where: Online through www.artpowellriver.com and associated social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts – see side panel for links)
Why: To encourage local and non-local artists to produce work in chosen media, on our given theme, and to provide a catalyst for interesting work that may be political in nature (think ‘grassroots’).
Who: Local qathet regional artists, including emerging artists and craftspeople.