In this exhibition Marc Ash and John Pearse highlight the two very different artistic approaches of Fraser Gray (UK) and Trevor Bly (AUS) in ‘The 6027 Project’. A wide range of documentation reveals the artists’ individual cultural influences merging together in a mutual appreciation for their developing artistic practice. At the heart of this exhibition are original designs from participants of the art workshops Gray & Bly held at Belridge High School. Participants worked with many mediums; often pencils, pens, pastels and paint on paper with a loose and spontaneous style that shows a fascination with the process of creating.
‘The 6027 Project’ opens at 6pm on Monday 2nd April 2012 at the blend(er) gallery in Joondalup.
Collaboration is now largely taken for granted as one of the numerous ways that artists can choose to operate. Despite this, artistic collaboration still raises some interesting and crucial questions about the nature of authorship, authenticity and the artists’ relationships to their works & audiences that inevitably disrupt the persistent and popular image of the artist as a ‘heroic’ solitary figure.
This collaboration bears eloquent witness to the sensitivity and respect with which the artists responded to one another and the surrounding community. The modifications they did make and the passages of over painting are testament to a working atmosphere of mutual appreciation and acceptance.
Documentation: Marc Ash & John Pearse
Workshop participants from: Belridge Education Support Centre & Community Vision