Hibbleton Presents: a Call for Submissions

January 23, 2015 in Downtown Fullerton Art Walk

elkins submissions

This is a call for art submissions for an exhibition at Hibbleton Gallery for the February Fullerton artwalk, related to a feature documentary film Steve Elkins has been directing for several years. Elkins’ film deals with various aspects of the lives of scientists and monks that happen to relate intimately to the work of artists. Our hope for this exhibition is to have a variety of artists submit an expression, in any medium, of how the themes of Steve’s film relate to their own creative process, their personal lives, their dreams. There are no restrictions on what you can do, and it does not have to be obvious or explained how your work relates to Steve’s film, it is only meant to be a springboard for your own unique and personal ideas.

Here are some of the themes layered in Steve’s project (in no particular order):

1.). The human struggle to visualize the invisible. Through either images or our own lives, our presence on earth.

2.) The struggle to understand life at the largest and smallest scales.

3.) The human being as the intersection of the largest and smallest imaginable things.

4.) The need to find the very few remaining places of unique silence on earth, so that some (i.e. scientists) can go further outward to the borders of what we know, and others (i.e. monks) can go further inward to the borders of what we know.

5.) The human mind as perhaps the most extreme environment on the planet.

6.) The extreme lengths people are willing to go to better understand the larger context in which we all live, through either the most sophisticated technology we can create, or the human body itself as the technology.

Our plan is to convert Hibbleton into a giant notebook of colliding words and images from Steve’s research and production trips for this film, so that when you enter the gallery it feels as if you are walking into Steve’s head as he tries to filter all the ideas of his project into a refined expression. Your artwork will be incorporated into it. Please contact Steve at stevelkins@gmail.com if you or anyone you know is interested in taking part in this exhibition.

Steve’s description of his film-in-process:

Since 2011, I have filmed for this project at the largest astronomy project ever conducted by humans in Chile, and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. I’ve also been working with neutrino physicists and shamans in Siberia, and a man who ran non-stop for four days from the lowest point in the western hemisphere to the highest point in the continental US, crossing Death Valley in 140 degree heat along the way. I’m aiming to finish the film by the end of this year after further production with monks living in ancient cave monasteries in Ethiopia and India.


Hibbleton Gallery
Steve Elkins
The Magoski Arts Colony
The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk