June 16 - July 14
The action of working with someone to produce or create something.
Making art is, for the most part, a solitary process. Artists toil alone in the studio and, if they’re lucky, find fellow “makers” with whom to share ideas and from whom they occasionally solicit feedback.
The Surrealists overcame their solitude by playing “Exquisite Corpse” a game where participants took turns drawing sections of a body on a sheet of paper folded to hide each individual contribution until the drawing was complete. (For a good time, google their often bizarre results!)
Other artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat joined forces from time to time with Warhol making marks on the canvas and Basquiat superimposing his own imagery on top.
The outcomes of such collaborations (and there are many more in the history of modern and contemporary art) were unpredictable, often unimagined at the outset by the artists themselves and very different from each artist’s typical work.
This exhibit challenged artists to find a partner artist(s) to combine talents in creating fun, freeing and unpredictable works of art.