Collaborative Economy

Hygienic Art

Feb. 18, 2024 - Mar. 18, 2017

79 Bank Street
New London, 06320
Phone 860.443.8001

We are two people making things asking questions about the nature of making things. What are we accountable to, and for? The material? Beauty? The thing? Earth? Our bodies? The collective body? We both feel a need to reach out beyond even what is possible in our own studio practices. We hear the voices saying this is a time to transcend our selves, to listen, to be a part among a greater whole. We ask: In such severe times, is there any shape of value to the space between the personal and the political, and between what one knows, and doesn’t? In a time when the hunger for definitive action resounds, does a process of unknown search hold meaning still? As we march on, will wandering have its place?

Collaborative Economy will attempt to locate such a space, or else—make one. A Neo-commons, begun between two. Person to person, woman to woman. No direction, prediction impossible. Moment-mark born from moment-mark. Among anti-static, unknowable, object-making, the only certainties, cellular fluid, can be: a climate outside crying out for a new sense of currency… our individual need to be making…our shared desire to be together. This exhibition will feature artworks we jointly constructed, as well as four days of performative action. For six hours on four Saturdays during the run of the show, we will approach making new works of art in real time collaboratively, using the tools and materials from our own work tables transposed to inside the gallery. From these blocks of time, we hope to mint a new sense of aesthetic currency, and we invite you to join. (Collaborative Economy is a project between artists Jessica Gaddis and Allison Hornak and presented by Hygienic Gallery from February 15th –March 18th, 2017. Performances will run in the space from 12-6pm on February 18th and 25th, and March 11th and 18th. Opening reception February 18th at 6pm)

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