Sunday, June 10, 2007
Step Out of the Room, phase II
The group of people working with artist, Marlene MacCallum, met together for the second time yesterday evening to discuss the next phase of their collaborative project, Step Out of the Room. Since they last met at Marlene's exhibition at the gallery at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in early March, each person has taken a full roll of film on a disposable camera in their homes. Last night, they were seeing their photographs for the first time and talking about how they will become the source for installations throughout The House Museum this summer.
The discussion was great. Each person brought such wonderful stories to the table and there was such an amazing mix of ideas. The ages of the people participating range from 12 to over 80, so many generations are represented. Marlene encouraged everyone to think about the photographs as starting points for ideas, not necessarily ends in themselves, and to think of the house - its walls and structure - as the pages of a book to be filled with their ideas. I encouraged people to think boldly, including working directly on the walls.
It was one of those evenings when I thought that art can happen without a physical trace and still be as real as any painting or sculpture.