We are linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, which may be reduced to working with the ma-terials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice. Our affinity with Fluxus, Cobra, and the Dada Art Movement is a recognition of the importance of being attuned to the collaborative future.
an opening exercise may involve the making of automatic marks and then passing them around after tearing them into quarters and then collaged or re-assembled the parts as a point of departure; no ownership, no accountability for the marks; no judgement for the creations which, in turn may go through any number of permutations; a warm-up that leads to team ups and an abiding sense of non-attachment; there is the "Wailing Wall", a large roll of canvas or paper on the floor or tacked to the wall that invites noodling and ad hoc team colabs; simultaneous works are developing throughout the studio without a directive except what is aesthetically pleasing and maybe only for the moment, to be washed out or layered or collaged over in time; the "Wailing Wall" also serves as a respite from "being stuck", of not knowing how to complete a work and serves as a platform to re-direct those energies and return to previous work with a fresh eye having diverted doubt; colab is indeed the building of layers in an architecture of shared immediate experience without referee, pushing limits, abilities and expectations developing patience, moderating arrogance, finding the steps in the dance, soft-shoe into the collaborative future.
Carl Heyward -
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