I Is Another
Collective of 15 artists
Smashed white ceramic bowls
I Is Another
George Paton Gallery Melbourne 2015
Day three Jacqueline Matisse
Day four Margot Dean
Day six Oliver Hutchison
Day seven Nha-Trang Nguyen
Day nine Caitlyn Cook
Artists: Holly Block, Ruby Brown, Caitlyn Cook, Margot Deen, Oliver Hutchison, Jo Lane, Rosie Mackay, Ellen Maiorano, Jacqueline Matisse, Nha-Trang Nguyen, Catherine Ryan, Francesca Sanguinetti, Jessica Tamar Snir, Tess Tweeddale and Leanne Waterhouse.
Je est un autre. (I is another.) - Rimbaud
Since each of us was several, there was already quite a
crowd. - Deleuze and Guattari
For the most part, art is produced by a lone artist working in isolation in a studio. The results are then exhibited in a gallery, and all of the workings-out, fumblings and fixing of ‘mistakes’ are invisible to the viewer, who sees only the end result, carefully honed to the best possible state.
However, this exhibition, I Is Another, puts everything on show, offering viewers a unique glimpse into artists’ creative processes. Over two weeks we will be able to follow the genesis of an installation as it grows and changes. Perhaps the best description of the exhibition is: ‘a fractured collaboration’.
Each day, an artist will work individually, responding to the work constructed by another artist on the preceding day.
What will be changed; what will stay the same; what will need to be eradicated as they construct their own installation around the previous one? Some alterations may be subtle, barely causing a ripple. Others may be convulsive, completely overthrowing the prior installation.
Eventually, a theme, of sorts, will emerge and the work will direct the artists’ actions, as much as they direct its form and content. The small amount of time each artist has in the gallery is conceived as being like the short duration each generation of humanity has on the earth, responding to what has been left by others before them while leaving an inheritance for subsequent generations to interpret and build on–or to destroy.
Taking their cue from the Situationists and collaborative practices like Group Material, the artists will put egos aside in order to fully enter into the communal spirit of the event. It is brave and generous for artists to reveal their processes. Come to see the work evolve–stay to witness the perennial artistic struggle–return to see the result at the closing event.
Day twelve Jess Tamar Snir