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Four Hands Collaborative

May 13th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - May 22nd, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

2 Spaces, 1 Block, 2 Weekends
13 artists will participate in the Four Hands Collaborative hosted at 1100 Florence Gallery and Adler Studio, May 13-22.
Join us for the opening party, Friday, May 13, 5-8p
Come back Sunday, May 22, for an artist panel & flash collaboration, 1-3p.
Artist Statement
Four Hands Collaborative, launched in the fall of 2019, is an artist group created and led by Alice George. The primary objective is to enlarge artistic practice through partnership with other humans: creating community through ongoing investigations which marry ambition with playfulness. The 13 artists represented in this collaborative group are Beth Adler, Jane Fulton Alt, Shawn Decker, Joyce Elias, Alice George, Bonnie Katz, Ann Kogen, Socorro Mucino, Jen Pagnini, David Rubman, Mardy Sears, Cecile Trentini, and Cynthia Weiss. Working in both image and text, participating artists utilize a wide range of materials including paint, print, collage, wood, ceramic, textile, and video.
On the closing Sunday, an informal panel of artists will discuss collaboration and take questions. Following that, Alice George will have fun, fast ‘flash collab’ assignments ready for anyone who is game. Pairs of folks will create art for an hour then report back and share.

From its inception, the price of admission for all artists invited to participate in Four Hands includes a willingness to engage in ‘flash blind collab’—which means artists are randomly paired and asked to collaborate on a project to present at the following monthly meeting. These flash beginnings sometimes end after a month, but often lead to larger, more in depth projects. Our monthly meet-ups allow for group sharing, critique, new partnerships, and very productive support for each member’s individual art practices. Over the course of the past two and a half years, the Four Hands group has created a dizzying number of collaborations between two, three and more artists resulting in a rich and cohesive body of work.
Collaborative methods which are represented in this exhibition will include:
Call and Response: in which one artist begins creating and then another responds.
Symmetric Swapping: Original art pieces are exchanged back and forth, with additions by both artists, until it is deemed finished.
Common Assignments: Collaborators make work using similar constraints, and then find a way to present them together.
Live Assembly: Collaborators create work, cut up and reassemble.
Portrait Pairs: Collaborators task each other with creating portraits of their beloved, and execute them in different mediums
Print and Matrix: One artist creates an object, a block or plate, that another artist can use to make prints.
1100 Florence Gallery is located at 1100 Florence Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
Gallery Hours
Fri 5-8p, Sat & Sun 12-5p
By appointment


1100 Florence Gallery
1100 Florence Avenue
Evanston, 60202 United States
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