Off Brand

Submission Deadline: October 10th, 2019, 11:59pm

Opening Reception: October 17th, 2019, 7pm

ARTIST INVITATION – James Turner presents OFF BRAND, a commentary on brands and marketing: artists are invited to create illustrated reinterpretations of their most beloved / hated logo / brands imposing personal truth.

Naomi Klein posited in No Logo that consumption is conformity. The Rebel Sell claims she's wrong that it's status differentiation. The truth is that it's both.

We are part of the system. We enable it drive it and shape it with our purchasing choices. Walmart succeeds because we pick Walmart.

Corporations spend billions building their brand. OFF BRAND is a chance to strip away the glossy surface and say what we really think back. Works can be of logos, ads products (real or imagined), or faux brands, so long as it comments on our branded reality.

OFF BRAND will run from October 17 to the 22nd

Join us October 17th, 2019 for the grand opening at Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1605 Queen St. W Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture are all acceptable mediums. Keep in mind that Northern Contemporary focuses on illustrative, representational, urban, lowbrow, comic, pop art, and experimental work.

1. Submissions
Attach clear photos / scan / digital copy of your work. You may submit up to 5 pieces that fit the show's theme. Any number of your submissions may be selected for the show at the discretion of the Curator. Please attach images to your submission email in JPEG format (smaller files are preferred, 72 dpi and 1000 pixels on the longest edge is ideal).

Work submitted via google drive, dropbox links, or .zip files will NOT be accepted

2. Info
In the body of your email please include;
Artist bio
Website (and/or CV)
Image list with title, size, medium, and price.
There will be no restrictions to size or price range.

3. Contact
Send email to with the subject line "Off Brand" no later than October 10th at 11:59pm. Please note that submissions that do not follow these directions may not be considered.

4. Non-local artists
Submit early to give yourself plenty of time to ship your work! Please note that it is the artist's responsibility to cover all shipping costs, including return. Digital work can be printed on site for $20.

$30 hanging fee, 25% commission on sales

Be on the lookout for Calls for Submission via Facebook/Instagram or just send us a message!!!

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