Rebecca Ward, Shiver installation shot
Two reasons I am looking forward to Information Is Incidental, the collaborative exhibition of Kansas City’s Emily Sall and Austin’s Rebecca Ward at Paragraph Gallery in KC :
1. It looks like it’s going to be super visually stimulating— a night of stripes, bands, zig-zags, bends, criss-crossing, depth, flatness. We’re getting individual works from both artists—-paintings by Sall and an installation from Ward—and a collaborative installation by the two artists exploring common ideas of new, old and renewed spaces.
2. This idea of synchronicity is really interesting. The two artists apparently didn’t know each other at all before this process got started. The project was set up by a local curator who saw some affinity between Ward’s and Sall’s work. Both artists agreed lay ego aside and take a risk here.
Rebecca Ward, vector drawings
I asked the two artists how they were preparing for the project.
Rebecca Ward: “In preparing for the show I’ve ordered 183 rolls of tape, made a bunch of vector renderings of the space, emailed back and forth with Emily, played around with isometric graph paper, and rearranged color palettes. I’ve also been drinking lots of tea, wearing my boots, frequenting swimming holes, and I carry my journal with me wherever I go just in case I get any new ideas. That’s pretty much it. I’m super psyched about the show, I can’t wait to meet people in Kansas City and make some art there.”
Emily Sall, detail of painting
From Emily Sall: “Rebecca Ward and I have been corresponding with each though email over the past several months, so in a sense our collaboration has already begun. Our conversations have centered around our ideas and process…and what we are looking to achieve with the collaboration. We are both interested in the idea that our works come together in such a way that is reactive, not only in terms of how we will respond individually to the space and architectural elements of the gallery, but also how our works will respond to each other. We have been sending sketches back and forth, but nothing is set in stone! I think the real magic will happen once we are in the Gallery together and yes the intuitive process will be a big part of how the piece will finally come together.”
Emily Sall, Betwixt and Between
I also asked Sall about her project for the Mo Bank Billboard initiative, which places work by artists on a billboard in Kansas City’s Crossroads District: “The Mo. Bank billboard was created by taking an existing drawing and tracing it in illustrator. From there I was able keep the elements that I like and change a great deal of it. I was thinking about ever changing cityscape’s especially in terms of our city and the great change to the landscape downtown. The drawing reveals it’s history through it’s layers old and new and suggests movement and a playfulness and speaks to the idea of the recycled! The title of the piece “Betwixt and Between” is an English idiom meaning-In an intermediate position; neither wholly one thing nor another.”