The ArtCollision project creator, Susan Begy, plans to bring the ArtColllision project to other communities in which she has worked or is currently working.
The curatorial team interprets and stylizes the project to reflect the local creative community, designing a process that results in distinct outcomes. For instance, the Santa Fe show was immersed in automotive metaphors which gave it a campy feel. The curators put no rules on the art mechanics, except one: artists could not work on their own piece. Co-curator Kathryn M Davis gave the Santa Fe shop a dramatic flourish with costumes (coveralls) and by keeping the original artists' identities secret until the project’s opening reception. Santa Fe artists completed the "repair" work in their own studios over the course of 5 months.
Future ArtCollisions will add their own twist. Perhaps put the entire process on display in an exhibition space; expand the definition of artwork; lengthen or shorten the process; present videos alongside the repaired work; or any number of possibilities.
Art Collision is light-hearted yet thought-provoking. It brings emerging and established artists into a playful working relationship of creative problem-solving, highlights local talent, and expresses the creative ethos of a particular place.
Who couldn't use some good-natured, hands-on collaboration right about now?