‘Exquisite Corpse’ opening reception set for Tuesday
Artists participating in the Tuesday Nights group facilitated by Helen Wilson are preparing for the fifth annual Exquisite Corpse show.
An opening reception for the show will be on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. The art show will be on exhibit at 1140 Main St., Suite 208, Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Because the opening reception will be a masquerade opening, those attending are asked to wear a mask.
Wilson, an artist and lifelong Ramona resident, invited the Tuesday Nights art group to play the Exquisite Corpse game five years ago. The game, invented by the surrealists, earned its name from one of the initial writings, “The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine.”
“It is the perfect game for creating art for a Halloween exhibition,” said Wilson.
The Ramona group plays the game with a bit of a twist. The body is broken into proportionally correct sheets of paper. Then each artist draws one body part at a time. The results are put on the floor where each chooses a body, one part at a time.
“Traditionally this is where the game ends — a body created by multiple artists, but this is where they really change the game,” noted Wilson. “Everyone goes home with his or her body and they agreed to reassemble for the exhibition. Once home, their body was the inspiration for a piece of art.”
Artists could work in any material they wanted. The only obligations were to the art and to keep a sense of play — “after all, it is a game.”
This year the artists added another twist to the game. The corpse had to have a narrative of some kind. Each story will be found in its own artist book.
Following the tradition of ghost stories on Halloween, they will read some of their stories at the opening reception. No one has seen all the finished work, and some interesting performances have been promised. Add to this that everyone will be wearing masks, and this opening promises to be a lot of fun.
The artists include Antonia Cosentino, Nancy Ferguson, Karen James, Bob Norman, Tracy Potter, Kathi Rothe, Marsha Cook, Nancy Winslow, Anne Marie Heaton, Heidi Schlotfeldt, Kathleen Beck, Cindy Dodson, Pamela Underwood, Julie Z Weaver, Diane Conklin, Regina Wilson, Ralph Jensen, Don Weeke, Helen Petre, Felicia Hill, Natalie Strohson, Deborah Behnke, and Helen Wilson.
The group has painters, sculptors, quilters, assemblage artists, collage artists, printmakers, basket weavers, musicians, book artists and mixed media artists.
The Tuesday Nights group meets once a month, sometimes more. Each meeting is built around one project idea, which culminates in an exhibition, but mostly it is a way to advance creative skills with other creative types. The goals are building an art community through exhibitions and socialization with other artists, learning to critique one’s own and others’ work, and developing technical proficiency in a variety of media and/or methods.
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