FORCED COLLABORATION: COUPLES EDITION
Curated by Jacob Rhodes
Caroline Wells Chandler & Manal Abu-Shaheen
McKendree Keys & Shaun Leonardo & Anaís McKendree Leonardo
Maureen Drennan & Paul Gagner
Amanda Nedham & Kyle Hittmeier
Lisa Schilling & Eric LoPresti
Harriet Salmon & Jesse David Penridge
Jac Lahav & Nora Lynn
opening: June 15th 3pm - 5pm
dates: June 15- Sep 13
42 SOCIAL CLUB
42 GUNGY RD., LYME, CT 06371
This exhibitions pairs sixteen artists with distinctly different practices resulting in eight collaborations. The artists are not strangers but couples/partners outside the studio.
In the highly competitive contemporary art world, both success and failure are continually on display and are often signaled by proximity to known successes or failures. A single group show with a known success can make a career. An unfortunate collaboration can break it.
Our novel form of interaction raises questions about the nature of collaboration and competition, success and failure. Is competition inherent in collaboration? Will the artists move toward unity and resolution, merging opposed disciplines, practices, and aesthetic sensibilities, or will they subjugate and corrupt the other artist’s work? And which would be best for each artist? Should they trust the other artist to treat their work in a collaborative way or should they forcibly impose their vision to dominate the collaboration?