The name of the work is Alternate Strung Anchors, and I’m going up to Sydney for the opening. See what I did there with the post title?? Yeah, I know, what wit!/?
Way back in March I sent out the teaser that Chloe Vallance and I had enjoyed collaborating on a spoon piece for the One Cup exhibition at Hand Held Gallery, so that people should “Look out for some more shared works in the future.”
As you can see in the image above, we have been true to those words. With still over one month until the opening at Hand Held Gallery I thought I’d share some of the works and the process of our collaborative exhibition.
Chloe has (mostly) finished her part, so it’s now up to me to finish up the details on the jewellery and object works in my studio. It’s been really fun for me to interact with all her little people; finding homes for them amongst my own patterns and forms.
Since we are working on these objects in our separate studios, we went on several trips to gather materials, and after working on these we then arranged clandestine meetings where we could swap our packages of pieces.
These semi-impromptu gatherings, to trade parcels of newly festooned objects, were enacted more like a child’s birthday party – big smiles, hugged greetings then stright down to the business of unwrapping gifts. We shared the nervous excitement of co-conspirators, and we delighted in seeing what each other would bring to the party. The excitement of a finished work, while being awe-struck by the talent of the other, kept the smiles on our faces and giggles tumbling from our mouths.
This state of expectation was half the fun; I never could guess what she would have done with the pieces I instigated, nor did I expect the surprise in her face when she saw what I had done with those begun by her. The tools and tricks of the jeweller surprised her often, while the scale and imagery invoked in her drawings still have me musing at her creativity and daring.
At this stage I have been left alone to finish up many of the works – the nature of jewellery and of our collaboration has had me working alone on the final details. But soon we will meet to share the finished objects. I can’t wait!
“Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night.”
Their format text then goes on to say: “All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins.”
The Speed Show concept appears on the Free Art and Technology website, which goes on to explain that “The contents of the site are all in the public domain.” and then encourages users to “Enjoy, use, modify, snipe about and republish all F.A.T. media and technologies as you see fit.”
It would seem that anyone is free to take their idea and run with it. What kind of benevolent genius came up with this? It would have to be the craziest yet possibly best way to mount a touring show I’ve ever heard.
I wonder if you’d get thrown out of Starbucks/McDonalds/Hudsons if you attempted to do the same with laptops using their free Wifi? Probably…
we of the everyday…
Having posted about upcoming deadlines last week, I find now there are a couple more competitions that have piqued my interest.
Wear Art – is for original wearable art as well as reproductions of art to go onto T shirts. It’s a interesting concept, and from what I can tell the profit from T Shirt sales is going to fund the establishment of a physical gallery for BECA (Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art) in the US. Now that part (given my lack of proximity to Albuquerque, New Mexico…) matters little to me in the long run, but the potential to get my work in front of an American audience could sway me to entry. The deadline isn’t clear, but the ‘display’ is meant to go live on the 7th of November, so I take it entries (such as they are) will have to be emailed soon.
Preziosa Young has announced on Klimt02 that due to public request they have changed the deadline for entry to this year’s competition to the 18th of December 2010.
So many entries, so little time…