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Forster Art Complex Ross Gallery: October 24 - December 9, 2022

gallery north wall

gallery south wall

pinhole photos/negatives
Tiger Dietz

silver gelatin prints
Christine Tomasino

B&W photo dyptych of grate
Christine Tomasino

B&W photo of building
Christine Tomasino

B&W photo of arm with shadows
Christine Tomasino

B&W photo dyptych of buildings
Rebecca Tobias

10 silver gelatin prints

B&W photo of clock
Lexie Ross

B&W photo of building
Mari Wisner

B&W photo of chandelier
Lexie Ross

B&W photo of branches
Mari Wisner

B&W photo of cube
Mari Wisner

B&W photo of empty room
Anita Renaud

B&W photo of pear
Shannon Orr

B&W photo of limb over water
Shannon Orr

B&W photo of exterior staircase
Anita Renaud

B&W photo of statue
Shannon Orr

painting of person working at vent hood with small framed photo mounted on top
Rebecca Tobias

small framed painting of blue gloved hands with syringe
Rebecca Tobias

drawing of woman with paint palette
Abbey Rennaker

3 exquisite corpse drawings

exquisite corpse drawing

exquisite corpse drawing

exquisite corpse drawing

The Exquisite Corpse Game

Was a Surrealist artists’ invention from the early 20th century. The Surrealism art movement was founded by Andre Breton when he formalized the idea with his 1924 Surrealist Manifesto. That text called for art that engaged the unconscious by using dreams and automatic drawings as creative fodder. One way of unlocking psychic space, according to Breton, was through games—and he and his cohort were constantly inventing them. One of their favorites was the old parlor game called Consequences, in which players took turns writing phrases that eventually formed an absurd story (sort of like an early version of Mad Libs).  Before long, Breton and his compatriots swapped words for drawings, dubbing the new game Exquisite Corpse, after a sentence that emerged during a round of Consequences: “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”

Art Fundamentals 113 B class played their own version of this game with each folding a sheet of drawing paper into three sheets and then three randomly chosen students would draw their own “exquisite corpse”. The basic guidelines were to use the idea of the top being a head, the middle a torso, and the bottom fold representing the base or legs. Each drawing was done with no clue as to what the preceding artists had drawn; small guidelines were the only clue to the preceding image. Each sheet had a simple word to give some clue as to what the image before might be.

Please enjoy the works from these artists and perhaps be inspired to play your own surrealist drawing games.

sculpture in the gallery

sphere made of plexi-glass sheets
Jaylee Phillips

rock-like paper mache form
Anna Fisher

paper mache animal/pinata
Madison Grijalve

3 wall sculptures

cast plaster face and hands
Danielle Amaegbo

low relief plaster wolf and rose
Alyssa Vyrva

low relief plaster figure standing before restroom vanity
Megan Kiel

4 paintings on stretched canvas

painting of Slash
Kellen Vickery

painting of firemen and paramedics
Oliver Cernero

still-life painting of strawberries
Chasity Nguyen

painting of face emojis
Sahej Bhogal

9 B&W drawings on paper

drawing of shark
Erin Kayga

drawing of volcano and leaves
Alex Palmer

drawing of Asian landscape
Cynthia Zapata

drawing of two cats
Hamza Marza

drawing of giraffe
Tara Tran

drawing of animal nose
Lexie Ross

close-up drawing of latticed pie
Jessilyn Tran

close-up drawing of chain connected to porch swing
Adeline Woodword

drawing of building through round window in fence or gate
Delia Martinez

four pencil drawings on paper

drawing of objects like bottle and mirror
Yakari Brown

drawing of flowers and watch
Lexie Ross

drawing of cactus and bottle
Niki Saran

drawing of stuffed animal
James D'Etienne