DURATION: 3 months
PREMISE: An ongoing exploration of visual conversation.
FORMAT: Restricted surface and mediums.
SURFACE: Acrylic sheets (1200 x 2400 x 6mm) x 3 hung vertically.
MEDIUMS: Enamel (black and white), engraving tools, black pens and correction fluid.
CONCEPT: Middle sheet = the conversation. Outer sheets = artist’s ‘filter’ of the conversation (response, editing, reflection, internal dialogue).
PROCESS: THE CONVERSATION (MIDDLE SHEET) ARTIST’S POSITION: Each artist works on opposing sides of the same acrylic sheet. PARAMETERS: 10-minute intervals per artist (alternating). NOTE: Each mark documented in the book displayed on plinth.
THE FILTERS (OUTER SHEETS) ARTIST’S POSITION: Artists face the middle, working on their own outer sheet. Constructing a filter for themselves and the viewer.
PARAMETERS: No time restrictions. Begins once the conversation is over. Continues until the exhibition opens. NOTE: Work in progress. ‘Miscommunication, frustration, heavy silences, snubbing, prattling, stuttering and tantrums’.
After Benz & Dare’s ‘The Art of (good) Conversation’ comes the tumultuous ‘interplay’. A shared piece of perspex. Anything goes – Facing each other, a transparent barrier between the artists – to talk/communicate – to understand. The outer sheet of perspex, the ‘filter’, for editing – hindsight. What is left after the fact? After the conversation.