CALL TO ARTIST – Horror Vacui: Fear of the Empty | Huntington Arts Council

There's still time to submit work to the Huntington Arts Council's call to artists for their upcoming Horror Vacui: Fear of the Empty exhibition.

In visual art, horror vacui (from Latin “fear of empty space”), also kenophobia (from Greek “fear of the empty”), is the filling of the entire surface of a space or an artwork with detail. In physics, ”horror vacui” reflects Aristotle’s idea that “nature abhors an empty space.” Horror vacui uses high levels of detail to contrast with the sublime unknown. The Huntington Arts Council invites artists to reflect and submit work in line with this subject.

Art history is filled with examples of horror vacui from arabesque decoration of early Islamic art and the engravings of Renaissance printmaker Jean Duvet to contemporary works of Kehinde Wiley.

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About the Juror:

Erica Berkowitz, Director at Haven Gallery, has her bachelor’s degree in art history from Stony Brook University and her master’s degree in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has worked locally on Long Island at the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Islip Art Museum. Most recently, she left her position as director of Last Rites Gallery in NYC for nearly three years to open up her own gallery space. Prior to directing at Last Rites, she was the Director of Press and Publications at Forum Gallery. She has been working in the art world for more than eight years.



CALL TO ARTIST: Horror Vacui: Fear of the Empty
JUROR: Erica Berkowitz
EXHIBITION: July 19 – Aug. 24, 2019
RECEPTION: July 19, ‘19 (6-8pm)

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