July 13 - Aug. 6, 2013
For Exquisite Corpse : Stamped & Mailed, GroundSwell Gallery asked artists to create one artwork with another artist as their chosen collaborator. The initiating artist uses a media of choice to create an artwork with collaboration in mind (the artwork may seem partial or “in progress.”) The work is then mailed to the collaborator who completes the artwork with whatever media or process desired. Fourty-four Denver artist agreed to participate in this project bringing along collaborators as near as neighboring zip-codes and as far away as France.
Exquisite Corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to the composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.
-(Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – check out the history and relevance to surrealist principal founder, Andre Breton)
This kind of blind collaboration can bring up feelings of risk or fear that one’s artwork may be ruined or compromised. Collaborators may experience a competitive or preservative approach. The project is as much an opportunity to practice collaboration as it is a lesson in detachment and playfully working “in the moment.” As artwork often exresses the human condition, the practice of creating an Exquisite Corpse artwork reveals to artists and audience both the synchronicity and disjunctive qualities of relationship. GroundSwell Gallery exhibits these works as a recognition for Art’s purpose in defining the the mysterious and alchemical aspects of human relationship. Furthermore, GroundSwell intends for this exhibition to showcase and celebrate the teeming activity of Denver artists within and without our city limits.
DENVER EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Sabin Aell Theresa Anderson Erin Asmussen Tyler Beard Michael Bernhardt Emi Brady Courtney Burroughs Sandra Fettingis Ian Fisher Donald Fodness Amanda Gordon Dunn Donald Graham Hershey Liz Greene Alvin Gregorio Sara Guindon Jaimie Henthorn Andrew Hoffman Hollis + Lana Andrew Huffman Jeffrey King Paul Langway Noah Manos Suchitra Mattai Paul Michel Peter Miles Adam Milner Danette Montoya Deepti Nair Levi Nelson Lara Nickel Dimitri Obergfell Hari Panicker Rebecca Peebles Melanie Pruitt Zach Reini Ryan Riss Janice Schindler Gretchen Schaefer Noah Sodano Andrew Speer Meagan Stirling Sigri Strand Derrick Velasquez Mario Zoots