“Take an object, do something to it, do something else to it (repeat).” – Jasper Johns.
Now that “social distancing” has crash-landed in all of our vocabularies, it is important for us to find ways to find and nurture real human connections even as current circumstances push us apart. So many people all over the world are stuck in isolation right now, but at the same time we can share that experience as an international community and take the opportunity to show one another a little bit of the world as we are experiencing it.
With the world in “lockdown”, the Elisabeth Jones Art Center proposed a project that made and nurtured connections between artists, sharing a little of the world as they saw it in a creative, re-interpretive exchange. Through our national and international connections, we introduced two artists to each other. The artists shared with one another something of the view from here—the world as they were experiencing it in this chaotic time—each taking that view and responding with a re-seeing, a reinterpretation, in the spirit of the Jasper Johns quote.
One of the pleasures of being a creative person is meeting and making things with other creative people. And we can still do that! What’s important is not in what we have lost in proximity and comfort, but that we continue to explore new approaches to art making, and learning what other creative people are thinking and how they are doing things. In this time of lockdown, there is an added layer of difficulty. But even in our isolation we can still make amazing art together, communicating by making and shaping artwork, the exchange itself an exploration of possibilities in expressing ideas, feelings, and points of view by artistic process.
Pair 1: Spidertag and Hugh J Russell
Pair 2: Siu Mei and Robin Ator
Pair 3: Ipung Purnomo and Joanne Kollman
Pair 4: Simona Mancheva and Gavin Eveland
Pair 5: Vaiva Kovieraite and Santigie and Sapata Fofana-Dura
Pair 6: Juan Sebastian Jimenez Salazar and Emily Quintero
Pair 7: Cheolyu Kim and Kia Zora
Pair 8: Amna Manzoor and Cathleen Casey
Pair 9: Gorbacheva Ekaterina and Dotty Hawthorne
Pair 10: Gagan Deep Singh Sachdeva and Meghan Caughey
(click to see the story of each exchange)
Pair 11: Bella El Mekawy and Rosa Phoenix
Pair 12: Dimitra Bouritsa and Michael Smith
Pair 13: Steven Baelen and Thomas Duane
Pair 14: Gabriela Ochalik and Anya Keyes
Pair 15: Gugi Goo with Victoria Mihich
Pair 16: Linde Ex and Jason Berlin
Pair 17: Sing-Tong Liu and Musa Jaman
Pair 18: Biligt Enkhtaivan and Michelle Muldrow
Pair 19: Erdenebat Ariungua and Chloe Cooper
Pair 20: Jaggie Jar and Vero Reeves
Pair 21: Luís Managem and Tim Giugni
Pair 22: Alina Kashitsyna and Brianna O’Brien
Pair 23: Henry Byrne and Ayda Rose
We are currently closed to the public but will be reopening soon with exciting changes. Stay tuned for updated hours!
Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon