Building Backbones 2012
Artists are invited to bring five copies of a rejection letter from a grant application, residency or exhibition submission to Building Backbones on Friday, February 24 at the College Art Association’s Art Exchange. The letters will be read aloud in unison with whomever is present. Alternatively, email your rejection letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first rejection letter via an artist met on twitter was submitted a couple of weeks ago! Annie’s insights and inspiration on rejection and the project can be found on her blog Woodblock Dreams.
Testimonial from Damali Abrams who co-hosted Building Backbones in 2010 “As we first started reading the rejection letters aloud as a group, it was a bit depressing. Then it became funny… A couple of letters actually suggested that the artists take a year off from making any art at all. In the end, it was like a 12-step meeting or support group. We all had been rejected repeatedly and sometimes gruesomely and yet we’re all still going. Plus, none of us has slashed our wrists, as one rejection letter advised against. Ouch!”