At last I can show you the photographs I submitted to Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2011, because today I received the very sweet rejection letter. It included the classic, “Thank you … ” and “We regret to inform you … ” and then the data about how very many pieces were submittedâ€”1,984 in all (a rather ominous number from certain perspectives).
So, this is great news, that 521 artists submitted their worksâ€”and this is only the visual arts category; film, installation, literary, and performance artists will add to that number.
Okay, I don’t have the figures, but having “been around” I would guess that the first SEAF had only 521 guests (if that!). So, 521 artists is a stunning show of support for this Seattle-based festival.
I was a docent last year, studying all the visual art in advance of the festival so that I could be helpful and informative to the guests. So, I’m not really disappointed that none of my work was accepted; I know first-hand that the jury is variable (there were several of their choices last year that confused and disappointed the docents). But hey, I’m not bad-mouthing the jury; I’m just saying that it is what it is. Even the sweet rejection letter says, “… juries are subjective … “
And without further rambling, my works for SEAF 2011.
Open Valve shot at the Chittenden Locks with the Hipstamatic app for iPhone
L.A. a photo taken on the fly in Los Angeles, 2010
Meet Me at the M O T E shot on 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
These are not by any means “edgy” images; I don’t believe (as some SEAF participants do) that art must be edgy to be erotic. But I’ll tell you, I’m glad I wasn’t on the jury trying to decide which of the 1,984 images submitted to SEAF are.