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Evolutionary Art Project In Perpetuum/forever On Display Through January 13, 2012

—Artists Continually Influencing One Another’s Work Have Produced a Chinese Horoscope-Inspired Drawing, Work of “Art Fiction,” Photos of Occupy Wall Street Movement, Short Video and Musical Piece—

An exhibition by nine artists, writers and musicians who have created work in response to a Queens College Art Center site-specific installation in wood and plaster by sculptor Will Corwin. The artists also explored the concept of Utopia in their work. The exhibition, In Perpetuum | forever, opened on October 20, with Corwin at work in the Art Center; soon after, the nine artists began reflecting on what he produced. Corwin, who had recently completed a residency at the Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan, was inspired by the Rosenthal Library’s clock tower that his Art Center workspace overlooked. The works will be on exhibit until January 13, 2012.

Works include:

  • A 6 x 8-foot drawing of a Chinese horoscope-inspired diagram of the gallery influenced by the artists’ birthdates and the library’s skylight
  • A work of “art fiction” exploring the exhibition and the curator’s experiences with the artists (art fiction is a new genre mixing images from an exhibition with writing on imaginary and real events)
  • Photographs of the Occupy Wall Street Movement
  • A short video, play, and a musical piece
  • Teacher and QC alum Shervone Neckles asked her students for their ideas of Utopia, which will be presented as quotes on vinyl.

WHERE: Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library, sixth floor, Flushing, New York


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BACKGROUND:  Inspired by the fractional blending of old and new vintages in solera—a winemaking technique known in Sicily as in perpetuum, or “forever”—the Queens College Art Center has applied the concept to the artistic process. Just as vintners use solera to infuse new spirits with the characteristics of older wines, the IP | forever art project seeks to foster creative momentum within a group. “The curatorial hope for IP | forever is for artists to be empowered as catalysts for growth, experimentation, and evolution towards each other, rather than relying on their own practice or the support of the curator or organization,” says QC Art Center curator Tara Mathison, who conceived the project. The cycle will be repeated beginning next February into the spring with a different lead artist and team of participants.


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