The Art Collision & Repair Shop™ is a process-driven project about creativity, collaboraton, and the prospects of failure, created by Susan Begy. ArtCRS debuted at Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe in 2014 with Kathryn M Davis as co-curator. It involved 14 original artists, 28 art mechanics, and 9 completed works.
An auto repair shop owned by Begy's father serves as a metaphor for ArtCRS, during which "stalled" or "failed" artworks are collected from artists in the community. These objects are assigned to teams of "art mechanics" who, through collaboration and experimentation, bring the works to new life.
The project continues in cities around the United States, and as a flexible template prompts local artists to collaborate in new ways. For more information or to bring Art Collision & Repair Shop to your area, go here.
The Story of Art Collicion & Repair Shop™
Video by Curious Alien Studio
Santa Fe Art Collision Shop, 2014
Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe
November 2014 - January 2015
Original Artists: Rita Bard, Susan Begy, Susanna Carlisle, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Geoffrey Gorman, Charles Greeley, Bruce Hamilton, Bob Haozous, Joel Hobbie, Jennifer Joseph, Eve Andrée Laramée, Bunny Tobias, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Jerry Wellman.
Art Mechanics: Ethan Bach, Susan Begy, Kristin Bortles, Alexis Bove, Paula Castillo, Cary Cluett, Sydney Cooper, Kathyrn M Davis, Sandra Halpin, Jamie Hamilton, Hannah Hughes, Cheri Ibes, Christopher J Johnson, Caity Kennedy, Don Kennell, Matt King, Shirley Klinghoffer, Katherine Lee, Michael Lujan, Nina Mastrangelo, Dylan McLaughlin, Stacey Neff, Willy Richardson, Michael Schippling, Erika Wanenmacher, Raina Wellman, Jerry Wellman.
Original work on left ~ "repaired" team work on right.
Title: "Untitled." Before & After. Left: original work by Susanna Carlisle, Bruce Hamilton. Right: team work by Sydney Cooper, Hannah Hughes, Dylan McLaughlin, video, mylar, steel rod and cable, painted canvas. 8' x 5' x 10'.
Title: "ICU." Before & After. Left: original work by Jennifer Joseph. Right: team work by Kristin Bortles, Cary Cluett, light, IV drip, water, plexiglas, monofilament. 10' x 10' x 16'.
Title: "Sycophanatic." Before & After. Left: original work by Bunny Tobias. Right: team work by Ethan Bach, Sandra Halpin, Shirley Klinghoffer, video, doll, roomba, acrylic dome, wood. 16' x 16' x 9'.
Title: "Decommissioned Turbocharged Transformation and Glorious Resoulification of the North American Free-Trade Agreement Altarpiece of Reflection." Before & After. Left: original work by Susan Begy, Bob Haozous, Rita Bard, Judy Tuwaletstiwa. Right: team work by Don Kennell, Willy Bo Richardson, Nina Mastrangelo, Raina Wellman, Michael Schippling, mixed media, 12' x 10' x 3'.
Title: "exposure/distance." Before & After. Left: original work by Matthew Chase-Daniel. Right: team work by Susan Begy, Cheri Ibes, Christopher J Johnson, salt cedar, stain, paint, wire, bungee cord, googly eyes, recorded poetry, fans, seating . 12' x 12' x 12'.
Title: "Firemap: Plot of Occurrence".Before & After. Left: original work by Eve Andrée Laramée. Right: team work by Jamie Hamilton, Stacey Neff, Jerry Wellman, magnets, glass, plexiglass, paper, steel. 16' x 10' x 12'.
Title: "hotmix." Before & After. Left: original work by Joel Hobbie. Right: team work by Paula Castillo, Caity Kennedy, Matt King, legos, soap, aluminum, rope, wood, 12' x 10' x 18'.
Title: "Taste Test." Before & After. Left: original work by Jerry Wellman. Right: team work by Alexis Bove, Kathryn M Davis, Cyrus McCray, performance piece (image of props).
Title: "Project Sandhill." Before & After. From left: original work by Geoffrey Gorman, (not) Charles Greeley. Right: team work by Katherine Lee, Michael Lujan, Erika Wanenmacher, mixed media, 16' x 10'.