Viewers will enter the exhibition through an artistic version of a mechanic's waiting room, where they can watch a short video that helps define the project. Another group of invited artists, the Art Mechanics, work in teams to decide how to complete the artwork they have chosen without knowing its source or back story. Once an artist delivers an artwork to the mechanics, the piece no longer belongs to the artist. The exhibition features nine refurbished works, alongside documentation of the original artworks.
There are no rules governing the process--paintings are transformed into sculptures, sculptures have become video installations, poetry is woven into objects.
Panel discussions, an ongoing "exquisite corpse", and other programming explore the role of collaboration in art-making.
The Art Mechanics are: Ethan Bach, Susan Begy, Kristin Bortles, Alexis Bove, Paula Castillo, Cary Cluett, Sydney Cooper, Kathryn M Davis, Sandra Halpin, Jamie Hamilton, Hannah Hughes, Cheri Ibes, Christopher Jamie Johnson, Caity Kennedy, Don Kennell, Matt King, Shirley Klinghoffer, Katherine Lee, Michael Lujan, Nina Mastrangelo, Cyrus McCray, Dylan McLaughlin, Stacey Neff, Willy Bo Richardson, Michael Schippling, Erika Wanenmacher, and Jerry Wellman.
Originating artists include: Rita Bard,Matthew Chase-Daniel, Luke Dorman, Charles Greeley, Bob Haozous, Christy Hengst, Joel Hobbie, Jennifer Joseph, Bebe Krimmer, Eve Andrée Laramée, Nora Naranjo Morse, Bunny Tobias, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa.
The exhibit will be open from November 14, 2015- February 1, 2015.