The current exhibit at Fill In The Blank Gallery, entitled “Habitual Growth”, is an example of a fully integrated, successful collaboration by three talented artists: Alexis Ortiz, Julia Gootzeit and Katie Schofield. Together, they created an environment that is so symbiotic, all the objects seem to just have grown in the gallery. This is no small feat, considering the materials used: ceramic vessels, nest-like shapes crocheted from plastic grocery bags, cascades of keys, little dyed, felted balls, stripes of soil and ristras of red ceramic carroty thingies.
The artists recycle, re-use, re-purpose. All of the recycled objects bring their own stories to the table, and the artists cast them in a new context, layering different perspectives. The result is a rich, fresh, intriguing mix that comes together incredibly well. The exhibit will be up at 5038 N. Lincoln Avenue until Aug. 20. It’s well worth a visit– check the gallery website for hours.
I am preparing for a two-person show next spring with artist Harriet Kohn, at PerficalSense Studio. We discussed the idea of whether to collaborate on work together, or just show our independent, though complementary, work. Seeing the seamless collaboration created by Alexis, Julia and Katie raised the bar for us. Now we have to decide: pas de deux, or ensemble? This is where my inner elementary school teacher is saying, ” Judy, you’re not a team player.” We’ll see what happens!