New Blood: The Exquisite Corpse Revisited
March 26 – May 30, 2007
A contemporary take on the surrealist parlor game featuring 10 Maine artists & 10 from away. This show was the inaugural exhibition in the new Studio One Gallery at Waterfall Arts.
The exhibition presented a contemporary take on the surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse, which originated in Europe during the early decades of the 20th century. The game involves creating a drawing of a figure by passing an accordion-folded paper “round-robin” style amongst a group of artists, each contributing a separate head, torso, legs and feet without seeing the section which preceded it. The results are fantastical, unnatural creatures.
The show at Waterfall Arts featured the work of 10 local artists who, in turn, each invited an artist from away to participate in the game. The works circulated among the participants by mail, going from towns across Maine to New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Connecticut before making their way back to Waterfall Arts.
The Maine artists represented in the show are: Michael Branca, Megan Chase, Kenny Cole, Beth Henderson, Joanne Halpin, June Kellogg, Judith Krischik, Ted LaFage, Peter McFarland, Ulrike Stadler, and Melita Westurlund. Artists from away include: Don Doe (Brooklyn, NY), Ian Ingram (Santa Fe, NM), Rob Horton (Saugerties, NY), Nick Mook (Wakefield, RI), Gabrielle Feldman (Honesdale, PA), Angus McFarland (Chapel Hill, NC), Jeffery White (Athens, GA), Garth Evans (Woodstock, CT).
Along with the exhibition was a lecture, Art and Play: Games as a Mechanism for Creative Work, with Owen Smith, Professor of Art & New Media, UMO. There was a $5 suggested donation.
Also opening in the Corridor Gallery was 4 Levels of Absurdity: An Installation of Whimsical and Foolish Works by area artists.