Exquisite Connections

Draw a head on the top section of a piece of paper. Then fold it over so that your neighbor can’t see what you’ve done, and pass it to her to draw the body. Have someone else draw the tail, and then unfold the paper and see what wondrous mismatched creature you have wrought. This is the game of Exquisite Corpse, first popularized by Surrealists in Paris in the 1920s such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, and Yves Tanguy. Since their time many other creative types have taken the idea and run with it, using the technique to construct musical pieces, graphic novels, even theater. The exhibition “Over My Dead Body” hopes to make an Exquisite Corpse as big as an entire gallery. Expanding the idea of collaboration to include more than 30 artists divided into a dozen groups, the show asks participants to consider the idea of survival literally as well as metaphorically. Each group has already created its own artwork on topics such as sustenance, breathing, and language, and now the groups attempt to fashion a connected body out of the disparate parts. Considering the groups have been working in isolation, the artists on hand at the opening reception are sure to be curious to see what the others have come up with.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 13. Continues through Aug. 20, 2011

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