“Boomers Wanted”

No,….not the furry little fellows, although they are extremely cute. The phenomenon I’m talking, or better yet, am writing about is the ‘Exquisite Corpse’ or ‘Excuisite Cadaver’. It is a method by which a collection of words, or images, is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corps, or ‘cadavre exquis’, in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule, or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. If you are into mixed media art, digital arts and/or (digital) scrapbooking, this might also be an interesting collaboration project for you.

First some background information on the ‘Boomers’:

Each artist chose an image and sent it out on to one of the other participating artists. Upon receipt, the receiving artist would add to the image and then forward it on to another. At the end of the month the collage created was returned to the Recollection Parlor to be posted as a collaborative piece of art. In the summer of 2009 a group of artists and crafts(wo)men, who were part of a group known as the Recollection Parlor, set out on a one-month experiment employing a digital version of the above mentioned game ‘cadavre exquis’. What follows then, is the documentation of the process as it evolved from a single image to a complex and colorful set of dynamic digital collages the Parlor called the Digital Boomerang experiment, soon shortened and now affectionately referred to as the “Digi-Booms” or “Boomers”.

A Dutch mixed media and collage artist who collaborated in this earlier project is Sija Teijgeler.

My question to you is whether you would like to collaborate with me in a similar kind of digital project and form a collaborating group of ‘Boomers’ ourselves. While working on a project such as this, keep in mind the ‘No Rule’-rule applies. You can manipulate an image, paint beautiful structures and scan them in, in order to add them to the canvas. You can add as many images as you like to the work, adjust the digital canvas size, and so on.

The only things you need is a creative mind and graphic computer software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, Canvas, or Corel). If you are interested please do not hesitate to contact me, so we can discuss further details.

Best regards & hope to hear from you soon.

Marilyn Grando

* With great thanks and in reference to the Recollection Parlor’s Digital Boomerang Experiment and Stampington.com / Somerset Digital Studio, spring 2010 / Contributing artists to the article: Michele Jackson, Abby Lazar, Debbie Mihalick, Red Scott, Trudi Sissons, Sija Teigeler.


One thought on ““Boomers Wanted”

  1. Hi Marilyn,
    Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my site and checking out my work. I appreciate your kind words. I like the boomer blog. Have done it a few times. Most often its fun. One time though I had a “friend” who insisted on painting out everything I did. It became a war, trying to have your stuff left in. Took the fun right out. Hopefully others won’t have the same issue.
    Looking forward to reading further posts from you.
    Troy eittreim

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