Thanks to everyone who came:-) Thanks also to all who TRIED to come but couldn’t find us or had some unfortunate injury!
PLEASE ADD MY PHONE NUMBER to your phone NOW so you can call if you don't see us: 0987710264 (Amy). I will run out to find you.
What we talked about:
1. PLEASE COME TO MEETINGS
As we talked about the show we realized it’s important for everyone who is interested in being part of it to attend as many meetings as possible. It’s a group show, the theme is a kind of story that we all take part creating, so we all need to be there to make it happen. Don’t worry, we are nice people:) There are Chinese and English speakers too so that shouldn’t stop you.
2. ART SHOULD BE CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS SHOW
In case it wasn’t clear, the work we create will be especially for *this* show, not work we've created in the past (unless it can be altered to fit with the theme).
3. RECURRING ELEMENT
We have decided to incorporate one element that will thread through all of our work. We haven’t decided what that will be yet! So, please! Volunteer your ideas.
For example, let’s say the element is an elephant. So EACH work will have an elephant somewhere in it. It can be hidden, or obvious, in the frame, or whatever. It definitely doesn’t have to be the main focus of anyone’s art, but it has to be there somewhere. When people come to see the show, it will be an extra fun thing to look for that elephant or what in everyone’s art.
4. MUSIC, SCULPTURE, VIDEO, POETRY
Everyone at the meeting agreed that including all different kinds of art would be wonderful. We would love to have any of the above things as part of the show. It just takes people who want to do it and can help find the resources:)
5. WRITE A LITTLE DESCRIPTION
Each of us will write a short description to go next to your art in Chinese or English, or both. It will explain how our work relates to the theme. But don't worry, we don't have to do this until we're finished, or close to finished with the art.
Some examples below if you want to take a look.
“My work emphasizes that humans are connected to the earth; not in command of it or simply residing upon it. The earth is a living breathing organism, of which we (humans) are a part.”
“This work is a depiction of how the generations in my family are all connected, and how we influence each other…”
“In the age of the internet, humans around the globe are connected in an unprecedented way. My work is a visual representation of this phenomenon.”
WHY HAVE A THEME?
A theme gives us focus; it's unifying. It motivates us, the artists, to create fresh work, which gives the show more life. A theme is a kind of story that we all take part creating.
Venues usually want a theme. It's easier to advertise, and people are much more likely to come see the show. Even with a theme, each artist's interpretation will be different. That is part of what makes it exciting.