Rarely does the gallery context strive to take artists out of their comfort zone in an effort to have them reach new and exciting creative ends. But that is the precise premise of the If You Could Collaborate show, running January 15-24 at A Foundation Gallery, Rochelle School, London. The contributors have been challenged to produce something a little unexpected by working with a partner of their choosing from any discipline, profession or background. There is no brief to answer, or format to honor—the only limit being the enterprise and imagination of the artists involved, and a liberal 12-month deadline. The work ranges from classic framed pieces, to more ambitious, experimental sculpture, film and installation. Alongside the exhibition is an accompanying catalogue which comprehensively charts the working process, through sketches and interviews with each of the 33 pairings. FADER contributors Mario Hugo, Hellovon, Deanne Cheuk, Jim Stoten and Ian Wright are amongst the participants. Their individual work never fails to astonish, to see them double up is twice as nice.
LDN: If You Could Collaborate
January 04, 2010