Collection: Exquisite Corpus

Unlike music or dance, visual art is by default a solitary pursuit — with exquisite corpses one exception.

In this game that originated with the surrealists, artists collaboratively draw a figure without seeing each other's additions. The mystery of the drawing process is capped by an amusing, sometimes baffling, unveiling: what creature did we make together?

This exhibit showcases results of an exquisite-corpses-by-mail project that kicked off April 2020. In witnessing it, you join a motley group of creative people honoring the endangered arts of novelty, connection, and expansion.

We worked in conjunction with Sophia Elson, the creator of this project, to be an exhibiting location for these intriguing, collaborative creations. Banner image by Mike, Hazel, Keith, and Japhy. 

To see more exquisite corpses produced by the group, or to request to join a future round yourself, visit linktr.ee/exquisitecorpus

ABOUT THE ARTISTS 

Andrew Goldfarb is a musician and cartoonist living in San Francisco. He publishes a periodical of graphic humor called FREAKY.

Charles Pieper is an LA based writer/director known most for his work within the horror genre. His recent short 'Malacostraca' played in over 30 film festivals across the world before premiering online at Director's Notes, Alter, and Short of the Week. He's currently producing a large scale stop motion project and writing a feature screenplay that satirizes the making of 'Alien 3.'

Craig Baxter is an Oakland based artist who primarily makes art with the mediums of pen & ink, watercolor and screen printing. His art has been displayed in various galleries, cafes and street festivals all over Oakland.

Dakin Fuller Vasquez (they/them) is a nonbinary Burlington, Vermont-based experimental artist who works in an assortment of media, including sticks, taillights, scrap cloth, acrylic on canvas, ink, polymer clay, and watercolor. Dakin held a 6-month residency at New City Gallery from 2016-2017 and won first place in the Arts Alive Festival of Fine Arts in 2018. Dakin's art leans heavily towards a 1930’s cartoon-graffiti style and focuses on issues of gender, society, and death.

David Normal is a San Francisco artist who began his career making fliers for the hardcore punk scene, then continued working artistically in painting, theater, video, animation, and installation art. He's been featured in local and international exhibits, including the British Library in London and Burning Man. Currently he is establishing the “Institute of Crazyology” at 1000 Van Ness, a gallery, kava lounge and cafe, and the brick and mortar headquarters for the “Crazyology” art movement.

Dotty Liao is a hobby doodler who loves statues, figurines and all things modeled after the human form.

Dylan Musler is a painter born and raised in NYC. Her personal work stems from an interest in narrative perspective, and the struggle for ownership in the stories we tell about ourselves and each other.

Hal Robins is a comic book artist and cartoonist, appearing in R. Crumb's Weirdo magazine and various comic books, including Legal Action Comics II and Alien Apocalypse 2006. He is also known for his screenwriting and voice acting, including vocal work for the Half-Life video game series and as Tinker in Dota 2. He is a prominent member of the Church of the SubGenius as Dr. Howland Owll.

Hazel Lee Santino is a painter (as well as illustrator, sculptor, educator, sometimes arts administrator and/or curator, and learning-to-be-an-animator) born in New York City and raised on the Lost Coast of California. Santino has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Art 3 Gallery and Art During the Occupation Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); Blanc Compound (Mandalyuong, Philippines); Bullet Space, Mayson Gallery, and Nancy Margolis Gallery (New York, NY).

Jackson Falor-Ward is an illustrator who lives in Humboldt County. His work is heavily inspired by 90s action figure design, and his media of choice are watercolor, Photoshop, and hand-cut paper 3D sculptures.

Jayr Pulga is a New York based artist, working mostly in pen and ink and watercolor, creating metaphorical images by incorporating inspirations from nature, archeology and sculpture.

Japhy Riddle works professionally as a music video director/stop-motion animator in Portland, OR. All artistic mediums have always been fair game though.

Julie Louise is a multimedia artist residing in Seattle. Her work ranges from vintage processes of alternative printmaking to mixed media collages. Outside of the visual arts world, she writes short stories and plays bass in an ethereal black metal band.

Katrina Lamb's art practice has emerged from a study and practice of New Genres art, conceptual drawing, music composition, environmental/site-specific performance and installation, and is heavily informed by illustration as well as nonfiction narrative writing. For her, drawing is an imperative form of visual communication—one that has the ability to form bridges that have the power to create and sustain relationships and a sense of community against all odds. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Glasgow School of Art, and earned an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Keith Joe Dick lives in Oberlin, Ohio & is currently working with ink & watercolor to create chimeras.

Marc Bell currently lives in Victoria, BC, Canada where he draws pictures of things and is working on vocals for the musical outfit Marmalade Duplex.

Maya Meissner is an artist living in Brooklyn working within the mediums of photography, collage, installation, books, and performance. Her work often deals with personal histories relating to family, landscape, and the relationship of the photograph as evidence. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals around the world.

Michael McConnell is a San Francisco based painter, who has been observing animals since he was a little kid. When not in his studio he can be found serving coffee at Fayes in the Mission.

Neil Martinson was born and grew up in New York City, but has spent the last half of his life living in California. He fancies himself a writer and artist, and is working on a few books and a graphic novel. For most of his life, he has made a modest and unpredictable living by organizing, hosting, promoting, and DJing live music events.

Nina Glikshtern is a sometimes artist, everyday coffee roaster based in New York.

Paula Searing is a designer who studied illustration at Parsons. She completed doodles for The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Lucky Peach & The Baffler and was recognized by 3x3 Magazine & American Illustration. She currently lives in Los Angeles and was most recently the Design Director at CollegeHumor.

Pat Redding Scanlon is a graphic artist and maker who lives in Queens, NYC.  Pat has done time at Marvel Comics and MTV, dabbled in zines and book publishing, and designed for 2D and 3D animation. Currently she creates science and math educational entertainment for kids, sells vintage on Etsy, and does elaborate custom portraits.

Philip R. Bonner has spent his career doing various media arts (experimental video, media based theater, animatronic miniatures), but has in the last decade returned to drawing pictures on paper.

Sophia Elson is the founder of this exquisite corpse project. Based and raised in the East Bay, Sophia uses simple materials to transfer a jumble of experiences, thoughts, and feelings to paper. She aims to capture the excitement found in visuals around her and hint at those seen behind closed eyes.

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