Participating Artists: Carlyn Clark, Margaret Lazzari, Caryl St. Ama, Nancy Kay Turner
300 mixed media pieces on 6 x 6 x .75 inch plywood
Description: This project is an exploration of the glory of color. Each artist made twenty-five panels dedicated to one of the primary or one of the secondary colors. The project is half completed, with BLUE, ORANGE, and GREEN; to be completed are red, yellow and violet.
Collaboration System: Each artist worked separately on their twenty-five panels for each color. The collaboration element comes in the hanging of the work, which can be configured by color, arranged by artist, or randomly placed in a mosaic of color, texture and text. This concept allows for maximum curatorial flexibility as each artist’s 25 panels are a complete 30” x 30”work by themselves, but may be separated and rearranged in unlimited configurations – and may be presented in a formal grid, or an organic series snaking around the gallery walls.
Hana Kark intends to create transformative art experiences for the viewer, and for the artists who make the pieces, through a collaborative process that is at once prescribed and spontaneous.
Previously, a set number of artists decided upon a set number of rotations, on a substrate with or without a theme. All artists agreed to respond to and resolve each successive layer while also setting up a condition for the next artist. The final artist brought the work to closure, while trusting that each previous layer was artfully considered.
Hana Kark has been formed to demonstrate that the communal conditions common to film, theater and music, are largely transferable, to great effect in contemporary visual art making. These symphonic elements are often largely unexplored. We work and play to change that.
For this project we changed our prior process by working independently, and not working over the work of the other participants. Four LA area artists, Nancy Turner, Caryl St. Ama, Margaret Lazzari and Carlyn Clark, decided to work independently on 6” square plywood panels using color as a commonality. We started with blue, intending to work our way through the spectrum. Without a clear idea of how we would ultimately assemble the work, or where the process might lead us, we began.