Sunday, August 26, 2012

Exquisite Corpse

Artists’ Mediums Inc. Exquisite Corpse Project:

Perhaps you have seen paintings we have here in the store, which have a dreamlike quality, and odd style changes?

 The Exquisite Corpse is a surrealist’s game.

Originally it was “played” on a piece of paper. One artist would draw the beginnings of a figure, or a picture, then fold over the paper so that only ¼ of an inch of the lines were still visible, then pass it onto another artist, who would continue from there (without completing the image), without knowing what is drawn underneath. The effect is one that shows surprising variety, and originality.

The Employees of Artists Mediums have played this game with Pen and Ink, Acrylics, Oils, Collage, and more. Each person covers up their part of the art, before passing the canvas onto the next artist. Not knowing what you are “painting up against” has made for some very interesting subject transitions. Through the years many different Employee/artists have participated.

At first, we only played the game in its purest form, only indicating the directionality of the art, so it could be easily viewed when finished. Then we began to make pre-determinations. For example: our collage Exquisite Corpse had a vertical orientation, as well as a subject of animal/animals, and the media of Collage.

It has always been an enormous creative challenge, as well as being fun and inspiring. here is just one photo a previous project, but please come into the store and take a closer look at all five on display now.

Oil on canvas FIVE artists Exquisite corpse

Now we are trying to decide how best to involve YOU, our customers.

I’m not sure exactly how this is going to work. We need to make sure no-one loses a piece of art, so there may have to be a deposit or something. We will have ask for your personal contact information, when we send you home with one of these projects, so that we can find the art again later

We will have to trust you not to peek, if there is already art on the surface, just look at the colors you CAN see, and go from there!

Hopefully eventually there will be several choices, so all the different kinds of artists can have a go at this project. We know from experience that these projects can be time consuming, so, although we will keep track of who has each piece of art, we will allow several (3-5) weeks for each artist to complete the portion they are willing to do.

So one person at a time, will take it home, and make additions - and cover it up, before returning it to the store.

There will ultimately have to be a deadline, so we can hang it all in one big Exhibit. So that everyone can see the creative accidents and inspired uniqueness these types of artworks provide.

If you are interested in being involved with this project, please contact us here at the store with ideas and suggestions about how we can make this project work.

Thank you,
Chelsea Lindner

Artists Mediums Inc


Colleen O said...

That's such a great idea! Who gets to keep it in the end?

Artists Mediums said...

That is a very good question! Perhaps you take turns sharing it house-to-house?

We've always just shown ours here since we all work at the same place!