I(d) space, february 7, 2003: using the time-tested method of the exquisite corpse, m2m surveys the collective unconscious
Julie: Formally, this drawing has great negative space and a dynamic composition. The butterfly reference really opens up new doors for post-gender identity politics.
Kristen: I'm struck by the pocket-protector. Like all of us, this soul dreams of emerging from its cubicle-bound chrysalis, and fulfilling its destiny to star in a drag version of Les sylphides.
|Players: Photo artist/Composer/Artist|
Kristen: Ah, an homage to Imelda Marcos. A reminder that absolute power corrupts absolutely--and clutters your karmic closet.
Julie: To tap or to fly seems to be the central debate in this work. It is a poetic cry for grace and escape from one trapped in a jointless, crotchless universe.
Kristen: Clearly this figure has a choice to make--between good and evil, spirit and flesh. This ain't Payless, lady: you can't buy one and get the other for free.
Julie: Bewitching--the Virgin of Guadalupe as conceived by Dr. Seuss. I love the sheer whimsy of this picture.
Kristen: Actually, it reminds me of Milton's description of Sin in Paradise Lost.
Julie: Hmm. Obviously, our critiques are grounded in very different notions of Christian iconography and the western literary canon...showoff!
Players: Frustrated worker/Teacher/Teacher|
Kristen: The Dubya likeness is uncanny--except, of course, for the sign. The cat completes this serendipitous portrait of the American "nucular" family.
Julie: And, I might add, the lyrical handling of line is downright seductifying!
Players: No idea|
Kristen: "We come in peace!" Note the balloons; they're a bouquet of the heart's desires--peace, love, happiness, and apparently, a cinnamon roll.
Julie: Combining the low-budget look of B-movie horror films with sappy-sweet Hallmark romanticism is a risky and confrontational move in today's emotionally cool art climate.
Kristen: Although, suspiciously, this creature holds its gifts behind its back. I bet its fingers are crossed.
Players: Another mystery|
Kristen: I think this is genius. What are those three little words, if not the offering of one's head on a stick?
Julie: I find this work truly horrifying. I don't love you back, freako!
Kristen: I must say I'm surprised by your patriarchal response, Julie. But I suppose one person's heartfelt declaration is another person's morning-after panic attack.
Players: Free spirit/Artist/Shoe salesman|
Kristen: You're a gastrointestinal mess, Charlie Brown!
Julie: I must challenge your flippant interpretation of this work, Kristen. I feel this drawing seeks to flush out some complex and compelling thoughts on the relationship between abjection and calligraphy. Can you not see this as a brilliant distillation of the central questions of aesthetics?
Kristen: Honestly, I never understand you when you start talking theory.
Julie: Insert Freudian analysis--and years of future therapy--here.
Kristen: Out of the pens of babes comes...Guernica.