The Exquisite Project / by marisa vitiello

Last night, before the opening even started, folks were drawing on my art. I considered this a success as people in the co-working space where the art hangs grabbed the chalk and started decorating the pieces I'd put up. 

 The Exquisite Project in context of the WeWork co-working common area, it sits next to the ping pong table. 

The Exquisite Project in context of the WeWork co-working common area, it sits next to the ping pong table. 

Inspired by the--you guessed it--Exquisite Corpse game made up by the Surrealists, I wanted to make a project that would engage people in fun drawing where they were somewhat unintentionally collaborating with me. I'd had the container of chalkboard paint in my studio since I found it on sale at my favorite art supply store (Artist and Craftsman Supply) and finally found the opportunity to use it when I was invited to show at this co-working space. So here sits this blow up of a couple of my doodles, cut out of wood and begging people to draw and redraw. I have asked folks to send their drawings to me from time to time, we'll see what happens. One man was overheard responding to my note beside the artwork "If we draw on it then we have to send her an email" and he walked away. Oops. Anyway, here are a few works in progress photos.

 Exquisite Project in process

Exquisite Project in process


 Detail of Puppet Guy in progress

Detail of Puppet Guy in progress

 And another detail... (thanks Joshua Kohl for sending me some details you added)

And another detail... (thanks Joshua Kohl for sending me some details you added)