OCCCA Call For Art

Compass - Navigating the Journey to Self-Identity
Only Four Weeks Left To Enter!
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) invites submissions in all media from artists who will share their stories and expressions of self-awareness. Issues related to gender, race, religion, sexuality, politics, science, technology & psychology are just some of the personal themes explored in Compass.

The OCCCA guest curator for Compass, Amy V. Grimm has degrees in both Art History and Psychology and has lectured extensively on contemporary art and issues of identity. Combining her research interests with compassion and humor, Grimm combines her academic training to address complex and often challenging issues in identity.

The exhibition will take place October/Novermber 2013, at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California, USA. 
Deadline for Entries: August 24th, 2013


"Psychology of Self", representation of one's identity or a subject of experience and from the opening paragraph of 
Andre Breton's 
Manifesto of Surrealism 1924:

"So strong is the belief in life, in what is most fragile in life - real life, I mean - that in the end this belief is lost. Man, that inveterate dreamer, daily more discontent with his destiny, has trouble assessing the objects he has been led to use, objects that his nonchalance has brought his way, or that he has earned through his own efforts, almost always through his own efforts for he has agreed to work, at least he has not refused to try his luck (or what he calls his luck!).  At this point he feels extremely modest: he knows what women he has had, what silly affairs he has been involved in; he is unimpressed by his wealth or his poverty, in this respect he is still a newborn babe and, as for the approval of his conscience, I confess that he does very nicely without it. If he still retains a certain lucidity, all he can do is turn back toward his childhood which, however his guides and mentors may have botched it, still strikes him as somehow charming. There, the absence of any known restrictions allows him the perspective of several lives lived at once; this illusion becomes firmly rooted within him; now he is only interested in the fleeting, the extreme facility of everything. Children set off each day without a worry in the world. Everything is near at hand, the worst material conditions are fine. The woods are white or black, one will never sleep."


Orange County Center for Contemporary Art


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