Calls on local visual artists to join this popular surrealist parlor game turned art exhibition, bringing diverse artists and ideas together in the Catskills.
Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso, the names behind popular social projects such as Green Door Magazine, have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) to launch an interactive exhibition this Summer that includes an open call to visual artists to participate in a parlor game turned art exhibition entitled Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills.
The original Exquisite Corpse was started at the turn of the 20th Century among Surrealist history’s most famous artistic names, such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray (to name a few.) Originally constructed as a parlor game to help artists break from reason, its popularity grew as a way to bring diverse artists and ideas together. The name derives from the quote ‘le cadaver exquis boira le vin nouveau.’ (‘The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.’)
The game consisted of a folded piece of paper passed to participants who could not see the full drawing before them save for a taste of what was behind the fold. The reveal came after all had had a turn, the paper unfolding, revealing the magic of happenstance art.
The Ohisos, along with CAS, are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware Counties in NY, Wayne and Pike Counties in PA) to submit their names via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2015. Twenty-one artists, to be paired in seven groups of three, will be chosen randomly at a public lottery at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday April 18, 2015 at 2 pm. The public lottery is free and open to all.
Selected artists will then be paired into their respective groups of three, and the first seven artists will leave with two pieces of paper: one paper to be completed in its entirety, and the second paper to be started slightly and left to be completed by the next set of artists. The second set of artists will pick up the started work. They will be required to complete the previous artist’s work and start a third paper, which the last set of artists will complete, finishing the triptych.
The following guidelines are required in advance for submitting your name to the lottery:
• All names submitted must be visual artists.
• Artists’ age must be 18 or older.
• All materials will be provided (paper and ink) and works can only be created using the supplied materials, no exceptions.
• Artists must be available for pick up/drop off of materials at CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY on the dates and times below:
Group #1 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, April 19 at 2pm
Group #1 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 1 at 2pm
Group #2 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, May 3 at 2pm
Group #2 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 15 at 2pm
Group #3 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, May 17 at 2pm
Group #3 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 29 at 2pm
• Artists will have 12 days to work on their piece once they pick up materials.
• The work is not required to be literal representation of a corpse (unless the artist so chooses).
“The Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills’ artistic constraints and forced collaborations are a means of facilitating visual artists to move from their traditional medium,” said Ellie Ohiso. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of our favorite local artists express themselves in a different way,” she added.
The parlor game will conclude with a public reveal of the completed triptychs on June 5, 2015 through July 24, 2015 at CAS Arts Center Elevator Gallery. Sales of each Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills will be split among the three artists. The opening reception will be June 5, 2015 from 4-6pm.
Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso are the names behind popular social projects such as Green Door Magazine, Narrowsburg Not Williamsburg, Hickster, and the winning subway poster design for the People's Climate March. To learn more, visit http://www.ohiso.com
About the CAS Arts Center
The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is a nonprofit organization cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. To learn more, visit www.catskillartsociety.org.
About the Elevator Gallery
The Elevator Gallery is an experimental exhibition space at the CAS Arts Center that features visual art, installations, short art films, and other curiosities in six shows each year. Curated on a rolling basis, it allows for creative spontaneity and transformation, elevating the profile of alternative artists and styles not frequently seen in the CAS Exhibition Season. To learn more and submit work for exhibition, visit www.catskillartsociety.org/submissions.