Open your heart to the weird parts of art to­day

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

IT’S a lit­tle bit odd, a lit­tle bit wacky but a whole lot of fun at the Foundry Arts Space’s new ex­hi­bi­tion.

Lo­cal con­tem­po­rary group Tues­day Junc­tion is pre­sent­ing Par­lour Games – Come and Play, an ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by the Sur­re­al­ists’ game, The Ex­quis­ite Corpse.

In the game, artists take turns draw­ing sec­tions of a body on a sheet of pa­per and fold it to hide each in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tion.

The first player adds a head — then, with­out know­ing what that head looks like, the next artist adds a torso, and then an­other adds the legs.

In this way, a non­sen­si­cal, hu­mor­ous crea­ture is born.

Sur­re­al­ist An­dre´ Bre­ton de­scribed it as, ‘‘a game that both strength­ened the ties that unify its play­ers and al­lowed them to take their com­mon de­sires into ac­count’’.

Tues­day Junc­tion re­cently played the game to ex­plore the idea of col­lab­o­ra­tion for their ex­hi­bi­tion.

Draw­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively and spon­ta­neously of­fered a well of fresh in­spi­ra­tion and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion that di­verted the artists from their usual prac­tices.

While the game has rules, these rules are loose and artists are not re­quired to stick to tra­di­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the body.

There­fore, each draw­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion will present a de­light­ful bit of satire and in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Par­lour Games – Come and Play is di­vided into three sec­tions — The Ex­quis­ite Corpse, The Par­lour and a col­lab­o­ra­tive sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion that em­ploys doll parts and found ob­jects as a medium.

Tues­day Junc­tion artist Vicki John­son will also be ex­hibit­ing art­works that in­cor­po­rate his­toric doll pieces from the 1800s to 1900s her and her hus­band Mal have sourced and col­lected for the past 30 years.

Us­ing the heads and bod­ies from dif­fer­ent dolls, she ‘‘re­claims their lives’’ in art­works that are of­ten thought-pro­vok­ing and com­pelling.

The Ex­quis­ite Corpse game is not just for artists, so come and play at the open­ing tonight at 6pm.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fin­ishes Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

En­quiries about the Tues­day Junc­tion art group or the ex­hi­bi­tion can be made to Bron­wyn Beer on 0417 228 027.

COME AND SEE FOR YOUR­SELF: Space. A weird and won­der­ful ex­hi­bi­tion is com­ing to Foundry Arts

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