Opening times and by appointment: Daily 17:00-21:00
"Exquisite Corpse Now" is inspired by the games Cadavre Exquis and Exquisite Corpse which were popular in the Parisian artistic circles during the 1920’s. Kay decided to reappropriate the Surrealist game by inviting a selection of international contemporary artists to craft new works based on the game’s true essence imbued by concepts of the ‘Absurd’ and the ‘Accidental’.
Considering the current social conditions imposed by the pandemic the game adopted a new meaning as a distant means of artistic collaboration. Participating artists were asked to reflect on either the 'new normal' that they conceive of now or on their hopeful and positive vision of the future.
Initially, the curator assigned three initial artists to be the ‘leading players’ who in their turn invited further contributors into the project. Drawn in three parts: The first artist would start with the head of a fantastic creature then conceal the drawing by folding the paper, the second artist would draw the torso beginning at the end of the contour of the first drawing then conceal their part, then the third artist will finish the drawing with the legs. Lastly, the paper gets unfolded, and a hybrid, absurd creature comes to light. The works reveal our inner need for expression through pastiche and drawing, mediums that poignantly reflect collective imagery ‘Weltgeist’ as a form of visual commentary.
*Visitors are invited to make their own ‘Exquisite Corpse’ upon their visit to the space. Drawing material will be provided at the exhibition venue.
Paulina Olowska, Sylwia Rams, Martyna Borowiecka, Azadeh Hussaini, Yasaman Moussavi, Catherine Norcott, Susan Aurinko, Kasia Kay, Neha Vedpathak, Tadeusz Torzecki, Alexandre Maroutian AKA AMAR, Naomi Scully AKA Rx (Rho X), Kim Curtis, Rosalyn Schwartz, Jo Birdwell, Jyl Bonaguro, Gail Mancuso, Eve Ozer, Mary Lou Zelazny, Jess Bass, Jessica DuPreez, Irini Karayanopoulou, Xenia C.I. Vitos, Marina Velisioti, Robin Dluzen, Kristin Mallison, Erica Everage, Frances Lightbound, Anna Showers-Cruser, Joshua Patterson, Rachel Linnemann, Michael Stillion, Zatres Gilvin.
Kasia Kay is a Polish American artist and an independent art curator collaborating with international cultural partners. Founder and curator of Kasia Kay Art Projects, she has been working in the contemporary art field for 16 years. Before focusing on curatorial projects and her artwork, she was a highly respected gallerist for 12 years. She has worked with an international clientele and participated in renowned international art fairs since 2006. Interested in eliminating conventional experiences from the gallery space, she has curated and produced exhibition projects and site-specific installations at venues in Chicago, Miami, and New York. [email protected]
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four people max allowed per time of visit