In Art Collision & Repair Shop, artists perform in teams to finish ("repair") the incomplete artwork of other artists who create in the same city. The project began at CCA Santa Fe and is continuing in other cities.
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Art Collision & Repair Shop as described by art writer Lauren Tresp: Regardless of the projects we are working on, the following are feelings familiar to all of us: frustration with our progress, creative block, dissatisfaction with our final product, etc. What if you could turn the whole thing over to someone else? Could you wholly surrender a potentially doomed endeavor to the hands of another for intervention? These are some of the questions that formed the root of the Art Collision & Repair Shop, a process- and collaboration-driven art project created by Santa Fe- and Brooklyn-based artist Susan Begy and co-curated for exhibition in Santa Fe with art historian and critic Kathryn M Davis. Following this initial line of inquiry, and inspired by Begy’s personal experience growing up around an auto mechanic shop, an expansive project emerged that opened up lines of inquiry including the dynamics of team collaborations, conceptions of authorship, the role of curatorial direction, and the aesthetics of community-specific large-scale installation.
Taking the format of the mechanic shop as a model, local artists brought in and surrendered “stalled” or frustrating works, and “art mechanic” teams—also comprised of local creatives—were each given a piece along with the task of intervening in, resuscitating, or otherwise resolving the artwork to the point of completion. By using this model, the role of the curators was reimagined. Rather than selecting artists’ works for exhibition, the curatorial role here was in combining the elements and guiding the alchemy along.
The project explored not only issues of intervention and surrender, but most significantly the collaborative creative process. With open-ended freedom (and plenty of space to fill at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe), each team proceeded down unique paths. Some preserved most of the donated piece and built upon it, for example, in Team MC-D’s reworking of Matthew Chase-Daniel’s donated piece, the woven object remained intact and served as a jumping off point for the team’s additions and pendulum-like installation of exposure | distance. Other teams deconstructed the originating artwork and reconstructed something else entirely, as in Team Conspiracy Theory’s Project Sandhill, in which painter Charles Greeley’s contribution all but disappeared amidst the frenetic collection of documents, photos, maps, and detritus collected in search of a fictive conspiracy at work in New Mexico.
Internally, some teams worked more independently and then merged their contributions, others worked closely together throughout the process. The resulting installations reflect widely different aesthetics and conceptual concerns, from Team Liminal’s meditative, lyrical Untitled, to Team Reverse Waste-Stream Renovators’ eclectic, irreverent Decommissioned Turbocharged Transformation and Glorious Resoulification of the North American Free-Trade Agreement Altarpiece of Reflection. Despite this, the exhibition space was filled with an overarching feeling of exploratory and playful energy.
The individual projects and resulting exhibition ultimately blurred the lines of authorship, giving the endeavor an aura of place rooted in the Santa Fe community. The specific locality of the elements—teams, artist-donors, curators, venue, audience—invokes curiosity: how would the same endeavor take shape elsewhere? Is there a specific spirit or aesthetic at work in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Would the spirit and aesthetic of the project look and feel different in Houston, Chicago, Portland, etc.? There is a way to find out: perhaps the Art Collision and Repair Shop will open additional locations!
Lauren Tresp is an art writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written about visual arts for local and national publications. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from UCLA. Tresp is also a certified yoga instructor with lifelong interests in history, philosophy, and experimenting in the kitchen.
The Story of Art Collision & Repair Shop™ by Curious Alien Studio
The Story of Art Collision & Repair Shop™ by Curious Alien Studio
Actors: Audrey Richardson, Ryan VanCompernolle, Susan Begy, Cheri Ibes, Brian Nees, Tori Simmons, Cole Simmons, Willy Richardson, Cary Cluett, AJ Shelton, Kathryn M Davis, Alexis Bove. Videography: Kim Richardson & Bill Stengel of Elements Media. Music: I Want To Be Happy by Ken Gordon.
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Graphite drawings are traced and transferred from media images printed off the internet. They are inserted into spaces on the paper. Our earthly human interactions in micro scale play out on a stage of macro systems (galactic, solar, cultural, economic, educational, mathematical, governmental, etc). Systems hold us together. It’s the drama, however, that holds our attention.
The mirror work reflects, literally and metaphorically, ideas of self & other, you & I, we & they, as well as the subjectivity of perception.
United We Stand is just a slight hint of a bigger project in the works.
research reset (primordial soup series), 2012, ink, acrylic, graphite on paper, 18 x 10 inches
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The reductive process of carving salt and stone has played a large role in recent 3-dimensional work and echoes the erasure process in the graphic work. I think of the sculptures and sculptural installations as performances. The components of an installation, particularly the stone carvings, are repertory actors of sorts and make an appearance in various installations.
There is a seeking of balance in a lot of these sculptures and an interplay of past, present, and future. As in the micro and macro focus in the graphic work, there is an exploration of the poles. The passionate and the practical. The magical and the scientific. Left and Right. And an unsettled sea in between.
The marble tree ring (in progress) will interact with a growing tree (species TBD) over a period of years. Decades maybe.
I’m pretty excited about what’s currently happening in my studio. Some of it will be at Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe, Winter 2016.
cosmic communicator, 2011, alabaster, records, copper, conduit, electrical wire, 11 x 2 x 3 feet
* The record albums in cosmic communicator contain songs that were included on the Golden Record that was placed aboard both Voyager 77 spacecraft: a. Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode (US). b. Beethoven, 5th Symphony, 1st Movement, Philharmonic Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor (Ger/UK). c. Blind Willie Johnson, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (US). d. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No. 1, Glenn Gould (Ger/Can). e. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring (Sacrificial Dance)/Le Sacred u Princetemps, Columbia Symphony Orchestra (Russ/Fr/US). f. Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven, Melancholy Blues (US). g. Goro Yamaaguchi, Cranes's Nest (Jap).
From the following exhibitions:
Art Collision & Repair Shop™, 2014-15, collaborative community project, Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, NM
veiled, 2013, Eggman & Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
structural mischief, Santa Fe, NM
Plaid, 2014, curated by Cheri Ibes & Nina Mastrangelo, Santa Fe, NM
Outdoors, Brooklyn, NY
exposure over distance (view 1), 2014, collaboration with Cheri Ibes, Christopher J Johnson, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Art Collision & Repair Shop™, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
exposure over distance (view 2)
exposure over distance (in progress, view 3)
exposure over distance (in progress with Cheri Ibes, view 4)
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Recycled Influence, an art-making performance at Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe was a collaboration with installation artist Cheri Ibes and incorporated the work of artist Matthew Chase-Daniel and poet Christopher J Johnson. Watercolor sketches were created using the shadows from our collaborative sculpture/sound installation entitled exposure over distance to create a structural environment for the insertion of graphite drawings corresponding to words culled from Johnson’s poems.
Hopscotch Formula, a collaborative, interactive, public performance with Sasha Sumner, took place along 14th Street in Union Square, NYC as part of Art in Odd Places 2013: Number.
Recycled Influence (view 1), 2015, drawing performance with Cheri Ibes and incorporating the poetry of Christopher J. Johnson, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
Hopscotch Formula (view 1), interactive performance collaboration with Sasha Sumner, Art in Odd Places, NYC
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"Living rooms. Life choices. Space constraints. The living room can be the center of a household’s activities. Or, it is the room with the most lavish décor—a shrine to good taste with very little actual living. Or, a place to pay attention to something—pop culture, high culture, spiritual, technological, or sexual. Where we live is where we take care of our bodies, our desires, our fears, our families. Where we soothe our stressed-out souls, perform necessary tasks, or let loose. Living space is at a premium in NYC so we pack a lot of living into a small space. Through performance and installation each artist in per square foot investigates an aspect of living in a designated (and yes, small) space at The Shirey for a one-night stand, so to speak." ~Susan Begy, curator
2013 curatorial project of performance and installation entitled per square foot exhibited at The Shirey in Bushwick, Brooklyn and featured artists: Jessica Bowman, Jamie Sneider, Jenn Brantley, Tré Chandler, Cathleen Cueto II with baby Graham McKeon, Pooneh Maghazehe, Austin Tyson, Ryan VanCompernolle.