Bowerbird

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Abstract

While the work of each artist is strong and holds its own, what strikes me most about the exhibition is their manner of collaboration. They suggest that the subject of the exhibition is the conversation among the works. The reasons they shouldn’t converse at all (and that they do) is by far more remarkable. Collaboration among artists universally implies direct collaboration—what materials to use, theme to address, size to build in; Maestri and Arnall have collaborated here by doing every single thing collaboratively except that. They live together, work together (they both teach at Texas Tech), travel together, and help organize the same art collective. What they do not do is collaborate on the art itself; they’ve collaborated in negative, and in so doing have assembled something radical. The dialogue of their work proceeds out of the life they share, not the studio time. Connection like this is as worth thinking about as direct collaboration, and is the more interesting because I’ve
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBowerbird, Vincent Meyers
StatePublished - May 16 2017

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