Monday, January 25, 2010

The Telepathy Drawings @ MICA

The Telepathy Drawings
January 27 - March 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28 from 5 - 7pm
Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center

In 2005, adjunct photography faculty John Morris '01 (M.F.A. Photography and Digital Imaging) and Christina Ayala '00 (Mount Royal School of Art) began telepathy drawings by transmitting and recording telepathic messages.

"The artistic collaboration is formed through a system of belief while working through the telepathic process," Morris said.

Each session lasts seven minutes, while Morris transmits a singular thought to Ayala. During the transmission, Ayala receives and transcribes the message through drawing, and Morris photographs the complete session with a large format camera. This image stands along with the drawing as a document of the collaboration.

"The project explores and confronts the junction of meaning, belief and collaborative nature in art making and viewing," Morris said. "The exhibition visitors, who develop their own criteria for the project's success, can examine and scrutinize the resulted, recorded messages and their subsequent meanings. This humorous critique of the process, as well as the implications for viewing art, makes the project so much fun to participate in, and think about."

In addition to the artists' own presented works in the exhibition, Morris and Ayala will install a Telepathy Station, inviting gallery visitors to create their own telepathic drawings.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.