a collaborative art game : 52 paintings in 52 weeks
In response to the hyper-competitive art game, Cindy Hoose and Jacinta Bunnell played with their art to create the 52 pieces in your turn, dear, taking turns on each painting in a manner reminiscent of Exquisite Corpse. Their work directs our attention to the reasons we play games: to explore the world imaginatively, free of the hope for success or the fear of failure, and to connect with each other in the spirit of joy and sentimentality. In taking turns painting, Hoose and Bunnell had to forego the solo artist’s executive authority, risking each move to the counterplay of the other player, and enter into the uncertainty of outcome essential to all games. From firehouse bingo to Mah Jongg, games have functioned to educate, entertain, transmit tradition and facilitate human communion throughout history: your turn, dear celebrates this ongoing history and longs for a time and place where being social does not involve technology.
Beginning in the summer of 2013, Hoose and Bunnell spent 52 weeks working with 52 vintage game boards-turned-canvases. In keeping with their commitment to make art from recycled materials, they scavenged yard sales and thrift stores for games and framing materials which became a series of paintings exploring the concept of play. Hoose and Bunnell worked with found materials and acrylics to create the richly textured paintings. Layers, snippets, and floating language draw the viewer into the world of the game and evoke the fractured memory of games past. Just as games can serve as a counterbalance to employment, where the worries of competition and promotion can dominate, the playful paintings in this show counteract the creeping contrivance of cultural art. This lively and productive collaboration has allowed them respite from their private studios and invigorated each’s artistic vision. The Anvil Gallery will be transformed into an artful arcade for the months of October and November.
your turn, dear will be on display during Kingston’s annual O+ Festival October 10-12. O Positive provides an opportunity for uninsured musicians, artists and filmmakers to barter for health care, while doctors and wellness practitioners offer their services in exchange for performance and visual art.
Cindy Hoose has shown her art at the Rosendale Café, KMOCA, SUNY Ulster, Inquiring Minds Gallery, and Roos Gallery. She has collaborated with Women’s Studio Workshop, Dog on Fleas and the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Cindy spent hundreds of hours playing Uno with her grandmother and continues to practice her game-playing skills as a staff member at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School.
Jacinta Bunnell has shown her work at Roos Gallery, KMOCA, SUNY Ulster, Columbia College Chicago and Allegheny College. She has collaborated on creative projects with Elizabeth Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Neko Case, Julie Novak, Dean Jones, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Hudson Valley BRAWL, Gadabout Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Seed Library. She is the author of three coloring books. Jacinta spent many winters playing indoor sock football with her brother.