THE ARMITAGE GONE DANCE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT
More than 180 internationally recognized visual artists, architects, designers and photographers participated in the Armitage Gone! Dance Exquisite Corpse Project, beginning in 2011. The artists created one hundred and thirty nine artworks to benefit Armitage Gone! Dance, an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company under the direction of renowned choreographer Karole Armitage. Using the 1920's surrealist parlor game "cadavre exquise," a drawing that combines words and/or images by multiple artists on one sheet of paper, the project celebrates the theme of chance encounters, surprise and radical juxtaposition. Each artist adds to the composition, in sequence, without seeing the contribution of the previous person. The chance juxtaposition of images and styles results in a work that is both unexpected and amusing. Each drawing is a combination of the work of three or four artists.
The Exquisite Corpse project is a way for a wide range of artists to express their support for Armitage’s work and also a way for her to acknowledge artists who have played such a large role in her career. The project also highlights the “performative” aspect of art-making by demonstrating that drawing, performance art, and dance all have in common spontaneity and an unpredictable nature. The evanescent quality of dance is mirrored in the surprising juxtapositions of the Exquisite Corpse.
About Anne Chu
In keeping with her eclectic sources of inspiration—ranging from photographs of birds and medieval friezes to the biblical love poem “Song of Solomon”—Anne Chu works across media to produce diverse, evocative works that evoke mythology, ritual, and fables. Never literal, her sculptures, prints, paintings, and photographs are suggestive and imaginative musings on her chosen subjects. Chu's expressive sculptures of bears and bears’ heads, for example, reflect her interest in the terracotta warriors of China.
American, 1959-2016, New York, New York, based in New York, New York
About Juul Kraijer
Juul Kraijer’s drawings in charcoal and crayon are depictions not of people or objects, but of states of mind. Using a light, nearly transparent line, she creates ghostly figures suspended upon blank paper, with traces of phantom limbs and earlier incarnations left behind as evidence of the artist’s role as choreographer of the image. Drawing from Indian mythology and other traditions, Kraijer creates her own language of metaphors. Combining the human and the animal and plant worlds, her images capture a moment of mutation or metamorphosis as a body blends into a tree or appears to disintegrate into a flock of birds.
Dutch, b. 1970
About Monique Prieto
American, b. 1962, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States