Oct 28th 2010

A Collective Studio Practice

@ Spoke

119 N Peoria St, 3D, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Thursday, October 28th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, October 31st

As our group of artists grow and we expand our studio space at Spoke, we have decided to use the old Surrealist game of “The Exquisite Corpse” as a tool to get to know one another better as artists. We all have to work within the same space and thus see this collaborative artwork exploring, in a physical way, the power of our collective “studio mind.”

This project reveals a “behind the scenes” look at the working process by a group of artists. This unique collaborative effort reflects and questions the collaboration of interdisciplinary artists who usually work alone. This project also examines how group dynamics affect the creative process and explores how individuals relate and respond to the process of collaboration and group work.

Using a set of guidelines, a collective artwork will be made describing the shared atmosphere of the studio and exhibition/project spaces that are Spoke. Each artist will have two opportunities to install, interact and respond to the collective artwork over a two week span of time. Seeing the project as a weaving of practices and a material conversation, all the artists will come together after the first week to discuss and reflect on the project thus far before resuming for the second week.

Featuring Jeroen Nelemans, Heather Mullins, Deirdre Colgan, Kristin Mariani, Rana Siegel and Jean Alexander Frater.

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