Over the next 2 months, 10 Collaborative Art Project Fellows, hosted by Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley, will use an inquiry-based collaborative method to visually answer tough questions like, “Is art inclusive or exclusive?”, “Does artist intention really matter?”, and “How does inspiration influence art?” The work produced on these topics will be displayed at a culminating exhibition and no-minimum silent auction on September 26 at Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley. All proceeds will go directly to the artists.
In addition to the final show, on August 27, Collaborative Art Project will host an artist panel discussion moderated by Danny Spitzberg of CoFED on the topic of Collaborative Art Making. Here, they will invite the community to weigh in on these issues to better inform their work.
“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.” Henry Miller’s words – which many today might easily agree with – highlight that there is a need to reshape how we think about the production and consumption of art. How can an artist understand his context, his audience, in isolation? An artist needs community in order to truly do his job.
This problem is compounded by another popular idea: that art is often extremely expensive to produce, and even more costly to consume. Their museum and gallery systems say that art is a luxury reserved for only the most privileged and informed. You can’t afford it – and if you could, you wouldn’t be able to understand it. Collaborative Art Project disagrees.
2013 MAKESHIFT C.A.P. FELLOWS:
Emily Beeson, Administrative Lead for Absolut Open Canvas SF
Michael Bell, Maker in Residence at Makeshift Society
Katie Chin, Visual artist
Michael Covington, Art Curator at [freespace]
Taiko Fujimura, Visual artist
Hunter Franks, Founder of Adhesion Design and SF Postcard Project
Christina Mitchell, ArtSpan featured visual artist
Thom Nguyen, Flashbang SF featured visual artist
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Visual artist
Sirima Sataman, Founder of ink.paper.plate Press
“Panel Discussion: Collaborative Art Making moderated by Danny Spitzberg of CoFED” will take place on Tuesday August 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Makeshift Society (235 Gough) in San Francisco. Public event, free.
“Collaborative Art Project Exhibition and Silent Auction” will take place on Thursday September 26 from 6 pm – 10 pm at Makeshift Society (235 Gough) in San Francisco. Public tickets on sale Sept 1.