Mind the Gap

500X is happy to invite our Fort Worth neighbor art collective, Art Tooth to our space to curate an exhibition of their members. Founded by Fort Worth art collectives Bobby on Drums and Exhibitionists, Art Tooth is a new art project dedicated to exhibiting regional contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists, while building new relationships between artists and art patrons. By partnering with established local art dealers, organizations and businesses, Art Tooth will continue its founders' "pop up" concept, making invigorating art accessible and solidifying Fort Worth's reputation as an art destination. 

Mind the Gap (MTG) explores the ways in which artists can navigate the pitfalls of the current socio-political climate, particularly through their roles as cultural brokers, provocateurs, and facilitators of a reflective practice, while paying consideration to the challenges presented by an era of persistent disengagement, isolation, alienation and Balkanization. 

MTG will pose the following questions:

What role, if any, can art effectively adopt in response to the dynamics outlined above?
Do the prevailing social (political, economic, educational) and cultural (internalized norms, taboos, values, attitudes, beliefs) conventions that frame the presentation and production of art influence this discourse? If so, how should they be addressed?

MTG does not espouse an explicit political agenda, nor does it advocate for a singular solution. However, it does contend that the current environment requires an urgent, critical, and imaginative response. To support this claim, MTG will introduce this discourse as a call for micro-grant proposals in anticipation of a survey conducted at 500X Gallery.
Participants

Participants in this group exhibition, who will also serve on a panel as the micro-grant award jurors, include a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including:

Christopher Blay
Michelada Think Tank (Carol Zou & Darryl Radcliff)
William Sarradet
Terri Thornton
Gio Giovanni Valderas

Microgrant Details

The microgrant call is open to proposals of 500 words or less that include up to 5 digital images or videos (of existing works or mockups) that respond to the questions outlined above by artists, collectives, curators, writers and other cultural producers over 18 years of age who reside in North Texas. These proposals can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new or existing work in any discipline for any amount up to the total micro-grant funds of $5,000.