Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Contact / Connect / Collaborate, exhibition opens at The Evanston Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Contact / Connect / Collaborate explores the nature of international artist collaborations in a world made permeable by modern communications, technology and travel. Artists from around the world are connecting with their American counterparts in order to examine political, philosophical, sociological and historical issues from both particular and global perspectives. The formats of these artist collaborations vary widely, encompassing video, mixed media installations, performance, prints and textile works. The resulting projects point up the possibilities of creative collaboration without negating the real differences in cultures and situations and express the arts' deep desire to make human connections.
Curated by Beth Hart & Vera Scekic January 10 – February 14, 2010

Participating Artists: Jordan Martins, Joaozito, Lanussi Pasquali * Corinne Rhodes & Guadalupe Victorica * Michele Feder-Nadoff & Kanaan Kanaan * David Carlson, Betsy Stewart, Ashraf Fouad * Chris Lawson & Leang Seckon * Mary Hark & Gabriel Boakye * Jin Soo Kim & Bo Hyung Kim * William Andersen & Maryam Hosseinnia

"Remembering Amara" is a memorial cloth dedicated to Gabriel Boakye's daughter, named after Mary Harks daughter, and who passed away in 2009 from malaria. Textile woven and stamped by Gabriel Antwi in his workshop in Ntonso, Ghana and collaged with handmade papers and other materials by Mary Hark in her Madison Wisconsin studio.

Mary Hark discussing the challenges and pleasures of collaboration as part of the panel discussion January 10, 2010.


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