Friday, February 20, 2009

counterforces? I wouldn't recognize a counterforce if it came up and made me trip over it

Or at least that is what one would suppose from my failure to write about "The FriendSHIP Project" currently at MOCA GA (in a gallery space adjacent to the main gallery space). For this collaborative group of women artists has done all the things that counterforces did back in the day: they have encouraged one another's different art practices while creating a new thematic whole and reaching out to a community that could make use of their shared information.

In other words, they worked together on uncompleted pieces from their individual studios, and produced a new wall piece based on the metaphor of the ship as a place where individuals come together on a collective journey to a new location.

That metaphor was contributed by Corrina Mensoff, who brought the group (which includes Terri Dilling, Amandine Drouet, Alison Weldon, Mary McCarthy, and Susan Ker-Seymer) together; the other major metaphor has been the quilt, suggested by the presence of a woman who spent much of her life in Gee's Bend, Alabama. (The members of the FriendSHIP Project call their collaborative drawings "patchworks.")

And on Saturday February 21 (tomorrow, if you're reading this blog on a daily basis) they will offer a workshop for community members to produce individual works that will be sewn together in a wall piece that will also be a patchwork, which will be celebrated at the exhibit's Closing Reception on March 5, from 6-9pm.

Participants are invited to come between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for about 30 minutes of printmaking. They may bring photocopied (not digitally printed) images relating to "friend" or "ship" or learn to make a relief print.

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