Seven hours — less than a full workday, just about a full night's sleep, and almost enough time to watch that horrid Gods and Generals movie twice — is all that a few local artists asked to create artwork for 1440 Minutes, a show based on time constraints and artist-viewer interaction.
Phillip Faulkner, David Fodel, Atomic Elroy (Tom McElroy) and Zelda Bubbles (Lisa McElroy), and Jocelyn Nevel and Melanie Grimes will begin, finish and install works at the FAC Modern between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19. (For the record, artists could have begun work at 5 p.m. Thursday — hence the 1440 Minutes title — but none chose to, according to co-organizer Caitlin Green.) At a reception afterward, they'll welcome audience members who want to help complete or participate in the exhibits.
Green's Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has partnered with the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts program (I.D.E.A) at Colorado College to stage this second annual contemporary art event. This year's theme, "economic creativity," nods to both the current recession and the growing sustainability movement. Participating artists are encouraged to create work that expresses some of the ways in which artistic innovations drive cultural and economic growth.
In line with this theme, participating artists Nevel and Grimes decided to offer a creative alternative to stress. "Project Barter" will be both contemporary art and social experimentation, says Grimes. A piece of what is commonly called interactive art, it depends on audience participation to function.
It works like this: Say you have a toaster you don't need anymore. Bring that toaster to Grimes and Nevel and trade it for something else — but perhaps not something tangible nor breakfast-friendly. What's that toaster worth to you? Five minutes of thoughtful listening? Four hugs? Three minutes of encouraging talk? Those will be some of the suggested prices placed on the items up for trade.
Nevel says she and Grimes, who also offered interactive art in last year's 1440 Minutes, are attempting to express the interchange between tangible needs and wants and emotional, intangible desires and necessities.
"We're interested in community," says Grimes.
"These [exchanges that occur on an interpersonal level] are priceless, and become a connector to our communities in times of economic crisis," Nevel adds. "We wanted to equalize those things that cost money with those things that don't and are equally of value — or perhaps of more value."