Directions for the Mind: Patsy and Valerie

Another update on Directions for the Mind, a collaboration between artist Laura Bucci and other artists, acquaintances, and strangers.

This time I was joined by two local artists. I invited Patsy Kay Kolesar, who is a jewelry artist, and she brought Valerie Arntzen, an assemblage artist. I have known Patsy for a number of years but hadn’t talked to her for at least a couple of years. Valerie, I knew by name only.

After catching up on life, I turned the conversation to collaboration, asking in what ways both Patsy and Valerie had collaborated with other artists and describing how this particular collaboration had evolved thus far. One of them suggested we work on creating something together each holding a different colour yarn, doing something with it on our side of the room and passing one’s ball of yarn to the next person—maybe you can picture that? We each anchored ourselves to different parts of the walls, creating a triangle and joining three walls.

The result is a web of yarn that asks the body to bend and crouch to move around. And when in the room, it looks like a circus roof—hard to see that in the pictures. As in previous encounters, the conversation flowed. One thing we talked about is how important it is for artists to create situations to come together and support each other. Valerie mentioned one such group she hosts at ther studio (I think). Everyone brings something to work on. It doesn’t have to be an art piece, it could a dress you’re sewing—the requirement is simply to bring a project. I love this idea. It removes the common experience of isolation that is often the case for many artists. This is especially true for artists that work from home, such as myself. So if you have a studio, you have the opportunity to create community.

One fo the motivations behind Directions for the Mind is to create community and to do this by using the gallery space as a studio. What we create collaboratively is becoming a colourful feast, a colourful ‘tangle’ (quoting a passerby) for passersby to see. At night especially, with the gallery lights on, it is a colourful spectacle.

I left this encounter happy and satisfied, realizing “I” made this happen and thankful that I trusted my creativity months ago even if not knowing what would happen. Stepping into the unknown is uncomfortable but necessary for growth.

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Seen below are Valerie and Patsy.

Directions for the Mind Collaboration: Lorna & Jill

Another update on Directions for the Mind, a collaboration between artist Laura Bucci and other artists, acquaintances, and strangers. On September 11, Lorna Boschman (artist, researcher, teacher) and Jill Mandrake (writer, musician, and more) joined Laura Bucci to add on to/take away from/re-place onto/from previous collaborations thus far.

Given a chance to play, different parts of a person’s personality can emerge. Lorna, whom I’ve known since 2006, surprised me with her desire to destroy some hanging yarn that bothered her. Who knew! While I have organized these encounters, I did not impose rules or opinions on the collaboration thus far.

But performing this ‘collaboration’ experiment has been a generative experience which is leading to ideas on future ways of collaborating.

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September 5 – 23 | Parking Spot Projects, 8 East Cordova, Vancouver
There are no gallery hours but Installations can easily be seen through the large windows.

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The fan, much needed for this small space and seen in the video, provided an opportunity to play with movement.

Directions for the Mind Collaboration: Carrie & Emma

Here is a visual update of the first collaboration that took place today at Parking Spot Projects (8 East Cordova) for our project called Directions for the Mind. Today, Carrie brought her friend Emma to participate in this ephemeral yarn installation with Laura Bucci. An interesting question came up: Should each participant add to the current installation so that at the end of the exhibition the gallery is filled to the rim with yarn? My original plan was for each participant to decide whether to build on the current installation or start from scratch but I do like the idea of the space getting gradually filled with yarn. It is a pretty site indeed.

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September 5 – 23 | Parking Spot Projects, 8 East Cordova, Vancouver
Installations can easily be seen from the outside

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