Mar 31st 2017

Beginning Saturday, March 25, Melissa Oresky will transplant a section of her studio into University Galleries to hold “Collage on Demand” events over the course of the week.

This is a participatory process where she makes artwork for gallery visitors during a conversation. At the end of this six-day period, the collages will have gradually grown to cover the structure she and musician collaborator Zak Boerger will “inhabit.”

Where Oresky is placing visual art within the literal framework of the structure, Boerger has created a four-part sound piece, Practice for Life, consisting of conversations and impromptu performances with the pair’s young son. Designed around the idea of an ongoing, three way, or “triangular” conversation between the couple and their son, Boerger uses stereo placement as a means of reinforcing the positioning of the participants: listening in some cases, engaging in others. Continuing this theme of “practice,” the March 31 performance will consist of Boerger using the gallery space to prepare for an upcoming show; likewise, a cheap starter guitar and the first practice amp Boerger acquired will be left in the gallery space for visitors to play, “entering into” the family’s temporary domestic space as participants.

At the close of the exhibit, all “Collage on Demand” pieces will be given to the gallery visitors who commissioned them. Any donations in exchange for collages will be directed to human rights, healthcare, and environmental organizations; likewise, Boerger will donate all proceeds from record sales at the March 31 event to these organizations.

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