January 13 – February 25,2012
C. EMERSON FINE ARTS, 909 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL
Have Your Cake and Eat it Too…Remix Edition is a mixed media exhibition to include, drawing, mixed media installation, painting, photography, and sculpture. There will be special live performance art at the opening reception by Working Method Collective.
Artists exhibited: Kim Anderson, Neverne Covington, Gil Demeza, Lew Harris, Regina Jestrow, June Kim, Caui Lofgren, Michael Massaro, Daniel Mrgan, Jason Snyder, Danny Olda
The collective work begins with the relational aesthetic philosophy that the art viewer wants to be more involved in the piece. Realizing that in our current cultural climate much of the watching and looking is now done at home, and that contemporary art can now be something a community of interested people can create or experience together. We like to get the gallery goers involved into the experience in a way that allows some to dive right in and others to tiptoe. We are never bossy, and we never trick people- we just set up the situation and let people engage or not. We have discovered that when this comes together in a way that is thoughtfully semi-choreographed, but elements are genuinely left to chance, a palpable enthusiasm takes over the crowd. We are addicted to creating that enthusiasm.
Working Method Collective: Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton, Christina Poindexter
The group is composed of eight visual and performing artists, each pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University; Marnie Bettridge, Jay Corrales, Chalet Comellas, Tyler Dearing, Heidi Haire, Dan Hall, Echo Railton and Christina Poindexter. Within our personal studio practices each of us maintain a singular and unique voice that relates to our individual backgrounds and research interests. We are painters, photographers, designers, animators, and sculptors. When the group comes together collectively these varied strengths help to create a rich resource of possibilities. Most of our collective work is ephemeral in nature. As a group we enjoy pointing out that the work or the process of discovery, is the place where art happens and the objects left behind are only the remnants of this amazing experience.