Alison Masters and Gary Deatheridge have done an amazing job, with over 50 participating artists, and dozens of artworks from all disciplines. For an explanation of the show's concept, do see the end of this post...it's wordy, and comprehensive.
Eileen Gidman, Laura Leeder and I decided to collaborate on a board book since we were so taken by the totality of the initial show that introduced the concept. We each chose four of the pieces or ideas presented at the initial 'Call', selected some of my Gelli prints or painted papers and tore into it.
These photos are from the play day we had:
|Eileen hard at play|
|Ditto for Laura|
|Fun and Games|
|'Community Ties' 14" x 11" mixed media © Win Dinn|
Call & Response - the Concept.
'In blues, there is a tradition of call and response where one musician creates a riff, known as the call, and another musician comes back with their own complementary, spontaneous musical riff, known as the response. This process, or play, pushes each musician to carefully feel and attend to what the other is doing, and to respond by further interpreting and innovating the original riff. They thus mutually create new music, opening up fresh musical combinations and new possibilities for sonic collaboration. This call and response model has been applied for this event across a number of artistic forms and disciplines, in order to stimulate new artistic works from local artists.
With merely a month to create work based on the initial two-hour 'call', you could expect incomplete works, new directions, failure, fantasy and collaborations - in other words, something truly unique.'
It's now onwards and upwards as I work towards a show in a near-by city which opens in late August. It's one being done with my students, which should be entitled Students Teach the Teacher, I think! Happy creating to you until next week.