144 hours

an installation by the collaborative projects group

the show featured the work of a collaborative artists group made up of young artists from around the world. members of the collaborative projects group (c.p.g.) included:

lewis feibelman (memphis)
clara cheung (hong kong)
jena balton (memphis)
elizabeth danger brown (new orleans)
jenny chen (china)
elizabeth tyson (mobile)
djurdja lazic (bosnia)
jason beasley (memphis)
molly chapman (north carolina)
meghan kiihnl (memphis)
emily hogue (birmingham)

at 11:00 a.m. saturday, march 30th eleven artists entered clough-hanson gallery at rhodes college. at least three artists remained in the gallery at all times through friday, april 5th at 11:00 a.m. during the stay in the gallery the collaborators created all the work for the show. the concept for the show drew from a historical precedents like joseph buey’s 1974 action “i like america and america likes me” (in which the artist stayed in a gallery with a live coyote for four days) and made a tongue-in-cheek reference to “lock-ins” made popular by church youth groups (hence the six days of creation).

each of the 600 invitations mailed to the community were hand made by members of the c.p.g. images from the 144 hours were posted daily in the rhodes college art department. the images enabled viewers to check in on the progress of the collaborators. the production of the collaborative installation included traditional drawing and painting as well as other more elaborate projects:

the exchange project where visitors were encouraged to take a drawing from the wall and replace the work of the artists with either a non-monetary donation or a drawing of their own. the project wall went from drawings and objects the collaborators made for the viewers to a wall filled with things visitors made for the artists.

the crush wall is a list of names of heroes, friends and crushes. artists in the collaborative projects group as well as visitors to the gallery during the installation were invited to choose an ink or watercolor color and contribute to the list. each name eventually overlapped with the name of another, creating a color field of loved ones.

the karen winterton project is a series of drawings. each drawing responded to the previous drawing.

day one
day two
day three
day four
day five
opening reception

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