There were not enough strong submissions this year to mount a group exhibit of Opulent Mobility. *
I want you to be excited and inspired to submit strong work to Opulent Mobility. It's my responsibility as the developer and curator to engage artists to help make Opulent Mobility a truly radical showcase for re-imagining disability. So I want to do a better job of it.If clarity is the problem, I am defining the terms behind the idea of Opulent Mobility. If motivation is the issue, then I am issuing a challenge.This year I will put forth my work with full explanations of what I mean by each piece. I will share links of artists and galleries and fellow creators whose work represents the spirit of Opulent Mobility. And I am challenging you.
I challenge you to imagine a world where mobility, disability, and access can be opulent.I challenge you to approach the work with thoughtfulness, humor, creativity, and care.And I give you a full year to develop this theme.If we do not imagine a better world, we can't make one happen.In return, I promise to share your work everywhere I can.
* There are many possible reasons why I do not have enough pieces to make a show. Most of the submitted work did not fit with the theme, the tone, or both. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in the call for submissions. Many folks did not read the guidelines fully and/or didn't look at the website to get a sense of what we are looking for. We are also living in angry and difficult times. It has been a tough year for so many, and it's hard to imagine a better world under these circumstances.
But we can do this together. Thank you all. I hope to see you next year.
For Opulent Mobility, consider these words: power, strength, beauty, visionary, new perspectives, thoughtfulness, artistry, and humor.
From Merriam-Webster's definition:
Opulent: showing obvious signs of wealth and comfort <an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques>
Babylonian, deluxe, lavish, Lucullan (also Lucullian), luxe, luxuriant, luxury, luxurious, palace, palatial, plush, silken, sumptuous
costly, dear, expensive, precious, premium, rich; extravagant, grandiose, ostentatious, pretentious, showy; august, awesome, awful, baronial, beautiful, gorgeous, grand, heroic (also heroical), imposing, impressive, kingly, magnificent, majestic, monumental, noble, proud, regal, royal, splendid, stately; comfortable, cozy, homelike, snug
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.