Call for Entry: Forget Them
Brooklyn Metal Works is now accepting submissions for our 2016 juried jewelry and object exhibition.
We are looking for your talismans, amulets, shrines, charms and the like, that have been created to wear, carry, or look upon. These objects may convey a specific power, intend to protect against superstition, or commemorate.
This call is inspired by a quote from the only surviving poem by Lucretius (c. 99 – c. 55 BCE) – On the Nature of Things.
“There are no angels, demons, or ghosts. Immaterial spirits of any kind do not exist….Forget them.”
Yet it seems that despite our best efforts, we can’t. Our interest in this call lies in humankind’s perennial struggle between personal autonomy and spiritual guidance, and how these ideas manifest and inspire the fabrication of physical objects.
All cultures throughout the ages have taken abstract concepts like gods, demons, imps, and spirits and translated them into material items that are often housed in esteemed spaces. Shrines that celebrate, amulets that protect, and totems that commemorate these enduring theologies and phenomenons. Perhaps the most resilient form of piety, the belief that objects imbued with spiritual reverence might protect or reward the owner withstands the test of time, often despite our better judgment.
“There are no angels, demons, or ghosts. Immaterial spirits of any kind do not exist. The creatures with which the Greek and Roman imagination populated the world—Fates, harpies, demons, genii, nymphs, satyrs, dryads, celestial messengers, and the spirits of the dead—are entirely unreal. Forget them.” – Lucretius
This is the call for entry. I’m going to enter my Tension Among the Ropes Series. Hopefully I will be accepted, but if not, at least I tried.