Seeing the familiar for the first time

Filter Photo is pleased to announce a small works exhibition juried by Industry of the Ordinary.  This is an open call for photographic work that is 10 x 10 inches or smaller that takes IOTO’s manifesto into consideration:

Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance Industry of the Ordinary are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.


Work in progress, one-offs, inkjet prints, silver gelatin, alternative processes and more are welcome.  All types of 2D photo-based work, 10 x 10 inches or smaller, are welcome for this pin-up exhibition that will showcase smaller work in celebration of the ordinary.  This is a call for unframed work only.  Prints will be pinned to the wall to create a studio-like environment.

About the Jurors

Making use of a variety of art-making strategies, Industry of the Ordinary have primarily been concerned with the dynamics and aesthetics of public and performative spaces. Drawing inspiration from Joseph Beuys’s theory of ‘social sculpture’ and the Situationists, IOTO have explored non-traditional sites for artworks where accidental audiences can be found. Often collaborating with multiple members of the community, these works attempt to occupy and invigorate public thoroughfares. The work is intended to provoke and promote public discourse, to bring fine art out of the gallery or performing arts venue, and, without becoming didactic or pedantic, make it readily available to the non-art-trained audience.

Industry of the Ordinary were formed in 2003. The two artists who make up this collaborative team, Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, have long histories as visual and performative artists. They bring complementary sensibilities to their activities.  Their projects exist in temporal terms but have also been conceived to function on the website associated with the collaboration,  They have had solo shows at multiple venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and, more recently, a major mid-career survey at the Chicago Cultural Center.  They performed at the opening of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, as well as making work for a wide variety of private, semi-private and public settings, nationally and internationally, both temporary and permanent.

Important Dates

July 8 at 11:59 p.m. CST – Submissions Close

End of July – Entrants are notified of jurors’ decision

September 13 – Accepted work must arrive at Filter Space in Chicago

September 20 – Exhibition Opens

September 20 – Public Reception during Filter Photo Festival

October 19 – Exhibition Closes



The entry fee for this call is $15 for 3 images, an additional $5 for each additional submission up to 5 total. Save your images in JPEG format, sized at 1000 pixels on the longest side.

Image files must be titled with the artist’s last and first names and the image number. Example: Smith_Mary_1.jpg All accepted work must arrive unframed, prints will be pinned to the wall. Accepted artists are responsible for shipping expenses to and from the gallery. Artist must include in their packaging a prepaid label for return shipping.

To submit your work please use the link below.

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