Exquisite Project the group exhibition brings together 37 artists from across Canada and the United States working in a variety of media including ceramics, textiles, performance, painting, and photography. The project was inspired by The Exquisite Corpse game, in which each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence generally by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.
Two initial works were produced by artist/curator Monica Lacey and passed on, one to each of two lists of 18 artists who worked concurrently. Each artist received a starting image – the work created by the previous artist in the list – to use as inspiration in any way that they chose. Some artists chose to use similar colour or line elements, while others were inspired by the concept or theme used by the previous artist.
Each participant had 2 weeks to create a new work in the medium of their choice with a maximum dimension of 20 inches on any side, and they were asked to include a horizon line. The exhibition will be the first time any of the collaborators have seen the full series of works.
The opening reception for the Exquisite Project is at The Guild on February 1 at 7 – 9 PM.