by Christy Schwartz & Anne Meyer
Artists’ reception will be held Friday, September 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Join us for drinks, light refreshments, and the art of two sisters.
On display September 13th – October 21st during regular gallery hours.
“In March of 2016, we were resident artists of the Breck Art Center in Breckenridge, Colorado for two weeks together. While there, we were especially interested in finding ways to make work collaboratively. One piece made during that residency is on display here titled, “63 Spore Prints”. It was the result of a game we played, alternating coloring in a square, reacting to each other’s prior color choice and what was developing around each square. We then alternated printing a linoleum carving of a spore print of a mushroom over the squares.
After we both commented on how much we enjoyed the smaller color compositions embedded within the piece, we schemed to play another game with the piece. This summer, we gathered at our family farm, with three kids in tow, to make plein air paintings. We chose a random square from the piece, decided how many adjacent squares to use (a postage stamp of four, a row of seven, a cross of five…), and then set out to find a subject to paint with those colors only.
In part, we both hoped to use this game to help ourselves work on our weaknesses. Inheriting some obsessive compulsiveness from our father, we both find it natural to make fastidious, controlled work while admiring the loose, gestural work of others. We encouraged each other as we worked to leave preliminary brush strokes and complete pieces in a limited amount of time to discourage fussing over things or over-working them.
Another important aspect of this work is the fact that we both are relatively new to motherhood, and our relationship to our work is shifting as we try to raise small children. Finding it hard to complete pieces that require many many cumulative hours, this work was designed to be started and finished in the limited snatches of time while a child is napping.
The constructs of our little game helped make the act of painting joyful, and we hope some of that comes through.”
This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.