Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proudly accepting love letters of all types on behalf of “The One Thousand Love Letters Project” and the exhibition “Beyond Beautiful”, created and curated by artist Peter Bruun. This exhibition is slated to open January 17, 2019 at Maryland Art Place, with a partner site for the exhibition located at Area 405.
ABOUT “BEYOND BEAUTIFUL”:
Beyond Beautiful focuses on eight topics: “Wild Horses” - Love’s tenacious hold through addiction and mental illness; “Forever Family” - Love as the foundation through thick and thin; “Cupid’s Arrow” - The power of romantic love and its sway; “Love Thyself” - Where the healing power of love begins; “Such Sweet Sorrow” ~ The ache of loss and lingering aroma of deathless love; “Drive All Night” - love abides despite barriers or physical distance; “Honeysuckle Words” ~ Words of love from writers and poets in all their nuance and “The Thousand Things” - Love in all its surprise, its beauty, its infinite colors. Maryland Art Place is seeking individuals to contribute love letters to participate in creating content for this unique exhibition. Peter Bruun, both curator and artist, will use these love letters to create 1,000 artistic responses to be displayed in the exhibition at MAP and Area 405. To date, over Bruun has created over 600 drawings using excerpts from participant’s letters to contribute to “The One Thousand Love Letters Project”. Letters do not need to be submitted based on the above listed topics and can be submitted digitally or physically. Love letters of all kinds are accepted: of joy and loss, regret & titillation, complexity & simplicity. *Submissions may consist of actual letters, or poetry or prose in any format dedicated to love: a eulogy, a poem, a text message, a note scrawled on a napkin. They can be to a romantic interest, a friend, a family member, an idea, or yourself.
About The One Thousand Love Letters Project: Call and Response
• Peter’s process with any given drawing begins with soliciting, searching for, or receiving a love letter.
• Upon reading the letter, he considers what speaks most directly to him; it is at this point he selects an excerpt from the letter (if not the whole thing) to be included on the drawing itself.
• From there, he intuitively generates marks on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Rives BFK paper loosely based upon figuration, trying to capture in his drawing gestures some abstract spirit of the letter. The drawing is completed in an intuitive manner, where successful expression of some essence to the letter becomes an article of faith.
• For more information, visit: https://onethousandloveletters.com/
About Peter Bruun
Peter Bruun is an artist, educator, curator, and community activist in the arts. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1963 and raised in New York City, he moved to the Baltimore area in 1987 to attend graduate school. He has remained in the region ever since, currently dividing his time between Southwest Harbor, Maine, and Baltimore, Maryland. Bruun received a BA in Art History from Williams College in 1985 and went on to receive an MFA in 1989 from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Mount Royal School of Art. For more information, visit http://bruunstudios.com/.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY LETTER IS SELECTED?
If the inspiring letter has been contributed to the project by someone wishing to take part, Peter sends a jpeg of his complete drawing to the contributor, having noted on the bottom left corner of the drawing who wrote the letter, and who received it (i.e. “John to Jane”). This transactional moment of sharing the image becomes an important part of the process: a kind of call and response honoring love.
CAN MY SUBMISSION BE ANONYMOUS?
In short, yes. You can absolutely submit anonymously or have someone submit your love letter on your behalf should you prefer not to be recognized. Artists will be recognized on a case-by-case basis dependent on the preference of the artists.
CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE LETTER?
Yes, you may submit as many as you would like!
HOW TO SUBMIT?
This part is easy…Simply write Peter at [email protected], and attach a jpeg or document with the love letter, or transcribe it directly into the email, and he will reply. And if you have any questions, just email him and ask.
UNABLE TO SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY?
Physical Love Letters may be addressed to Peter Bruun at 34 Freeman Ridge Rd., Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 For inquiries please contact: Naomi Davidoff: #410.962.8565, [email protected].