I’ll be honest and say that usually when I see the words “exquisite corps” in relation to a creative project, I immediately lose interest. So often this collaborative idea – used by the surrealists as a liberating drawing exercise – is used without imagination or flair. But a current exhibition at Walls Gallery in Amsterdam looks like a fantastic exception to my rule.
Dutch illustrator Antigoon was invited by the gallery to choose ten of his favourite illustrators to produce five collaborative prints – one artist working on the top half, the other creating the bottom. In true surrealist style the results of these experiments are extremely unusual; in one an artist at work morphs into a series of childish objects; in another a staircase is attached to a woman’s torso. The final prints have been risographed in blue and red, giving the entire project a sense of cohesion and a slick finished result.
Exquisite Corpse runs at Walls Gallery in Amsterdam until 24 August.
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