Dolf James and Christina Foard initiated ImaginationSquared: The Creative Response Experiment during one of their monthly critique sessions. In Dolf's studio there are gessoed boxes lying around for use in his sculpture. Christina suggested each artist that visits be encouraged to paint a box while chatting. The boxes would be hung in a grid on the wall and as it grew it would become more compelling. One thing led to another and the decision was made to build hundreds of them and try and get a box into the hands of every artist in the Jacksonville area creating a huge grid to hang in a public location. The result will be a snapshot of Jacksonville's imagination.
We aim to showcase the importance of arts in education (and life) by giving a stage to the collective creative momentum happening in Jacksonville.
For the purpose of this experiment our definition of an "artist" is: any person who has the imagination to do a square and the courage to have it hung with hundreds of others in a public place.
Here is the deal:
Anyone (any age, any background) in Jacksonville, FL can participate. Each square is 5" x 2" deep. Request a square and paint, collage, or alter in any way and return within a 2 week period of time.
After 4 months, we will stop collecting squares and will assemble them for an installation in a public space (TBD).
Each artist must agree to donate their creative square to the project. You won't have it returned. We'd appreciate a $1 donation for the cost of wood, but will find someone to cover your buck if needed.
Content should be appropriate for a public venue and children's audiences. The Big Bad Content Committee has the right to reject works which are deemed not-so-public-friendly.
Project will begin April 1st and close July 31, 2010.
How can you a get a square for this project?
We will be posting our square distribution partners in the next week. Just send us a message if you'd like a square or several for your organization, group, or corporation. (Yes, we have hundreds ready....)
We will also be posting information on Facebook at the "Imagination Squared" Fan page and on Twitter @atArtist so you can follow us their if that works better for you.
Then get your friends squared.
Imagination Squared - A Creative Response Experiment