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Exquisite Corpse

Me and Michael

Round 1 is an ongoing collaborative art project I began in 2009 with good friend and former graphic design colleague, Michael Saldarriaga.  The project is based on a drawing technique called “Exquisite Corpse.” The style was invented by Surrealists in 1925 and is based on an old parlor game in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.

For this project, only 2 artists are involved. Since each artist only saw a small “slice” of the previous panel, neither has any idea what the other is creating. The result is an image greater than the sum of its parts.  Odd numbered panels are Michael’s work and the even numbered panels are my own. Panels 1-6 were displayed in a gallery at BC’s ArtsFest in 2009.

The final piece is always evolving and was initially meant to be viewed from right to left.

Round 2 began in late 2010, and grows off the Round 1 from left to right in the same exquisite corpse style.  Michael and I have introduced staggered abstract color schemes and content themes that transition every several panels, which provide subtle structure and thematic depth to the evolving final piece.


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