Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Th Big Draw: this weekend!

After participating in Alex Gartleman's in-house gallery show "Art Glut" a few months ago, Adam and I were asked to collaborate on yet another piece for Alex. And it's this weekend! Here's the info:

My House Gallery would like to invite you to The Big Draw project. The Big Draw is a collaborative drawing project, featuring 12 Philadelphia artists, which takes place over a 24 consecutive hour period on April 5th and 6th.

Participating artists:

Andrew Brehm, Aimee Christopher, Katie Elia, Hannah Heffner, Jim Grilli, Jenny Kanzler, Adam Oestreicher, Fernando Ramos, Nora Renick-Rinehart, Hope Rovelto, Bryan Rice, and David Staniunas

From 1:30 PM on Saturday April 5th to 1:30 PM on Sunday April 6th the artists will work collectively to approach a problem posed to them by My House Gallery Director Alex Gartelmann on one large unbroken piece of paper. The problem is a question composed from lists of words submitted by each artist. Through this each artist has some personal investment into the drawing. This approach allows for the artists to share their conceptual as well as formal approaches to making work. In this lies the purpose of the project, to examine how a group of relatively unfamiliar artists from the same community can work collectively on one project over an extended period of time. The project becomes a microcosm of our greater culture where the individuals ability to find similar or opposite interests in other people and interact/collaborate is constantly tested.

My House Gallery will be open for the entire 24 hour period on the 5th and 6th, allowing for visitors to come and see the work in progress. The following friday, April 11th, will be the opening for the finished drawing, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Alex Gartelmann

Director, My House Gallery

...right... so... If you're around the Philadelphia area saturday afternoon/night/early sunday morning/sunday morning feel free to come by and watch me pretend I can draw! (Which I can't, so this should be pretty entertaining for you and embarrassing for me.) I don't know any of the other artists but the scenario does sound interesting. Hopefully it will turn out to be a fun and enlightening experience! I'll post some pictures after the event.

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