GAP - Global Art Project
Originally Carl Heyward (San Francisco, California USA) and Lorna Crane (New South Wales, Australia) began a friendship and correspondence via Heyward's KNEE(jerk) Fragmentation (mail art) PROJECT in 2011 which consists of a one-for-one exchange of post card sized art works made exclusively for the project that has attracted over 500 artist- participants and produced over 3,000 individual art works. The idea of fragmentation is central to his aesthetic mission in that the pieces of a culture, the debris, the archaeological products of waste and discard give evidence of culturally assigned value and worth; of conscious and sublimated preoccupations of contemporary culture and that their combination through collage, assemblage and other art methods allows a reading of place and time that includes and transcends these elements. Heyward is currently considering museums, galleries and archives to donate part of this collection and is preparing traveling exhibitions.
He and Crane developed a dialog in the course of this project recognizing the resonance of their personal imagery and founded ZIMBABWE(two-step) to encourage their own practice as a collaborative device, each marking a canvas or surface and sending intact or as a fragment to the other shortly after launching KNEE(jerk).
In the course of these electric endeavors, both artists have exhibited in their respective countries as well as having participated in international shows. In expanding their inclusion of other artists in the aforementioned and similar projects, Heyward and Crane added painter Joan Stennick of San Francisco (she has exhibited widely in two-person shows with him as well as her own solo exhibitions); Akiko Suzuki an award winning contemporary quilt maker from Osaka, Japan; the hugely popular self-taught Vered Gersztenkorn (Tel Aviv, Israel) a painter-collagist; and Chaewon Laura Oh of Seoul, Korea a multi-media artist and accomplished portraitist, completing the GLOBAL ART PROJECT in November 2013.
|GAP - Vered Gersztenkorn - Tel Aviv - Israël|
We are linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, which may be reduced to working with the materials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice.
GAP (Global Art Project) is an international group of artists working in various media, promoting collaboration, experimentation and mutual development of art practice meet again in Lecce, Italy after exhibitions and workshops in Mazatlan, Mexico at Museo de Arte de Mazatlan, Marin MOCA, The Arsenal in Benicia, Ca., Tonio Jazz Festival, and Ca' Zanardi (GAP Venice JULY 2014). 2015: two rotating exhibitions at Gallery Cittadino and Fondo Verri augmented by intensive private mixed-media workshops at Monna Lisa studios (September 20-October 4) followed by collaborative studio practice.
This is an international, multi-cultural, multi-national, pan-ethnic conglomerate.
The diverse group of painters, mixed-media artists, textile, photo and collage practitioners share a common interest in what they term FRAGMENTATION: the taking of disparate elements (FRAGS) not ordinarily associated with art practice and combining them with creative passion, inventive ingenuity and above all, a belief in the democratization of the art process from inception to execution to presentation to acquisition.
GAP champions collaborative activity as a vehicle for stimulation and enhanced creative discovery having experienced the rewards of group interaction and the illuminating effect in enhancing personal practice.
Having corresponded for a number of years via electronic social media, the nascent GAP members initiated exchanges of shards of paper, fabric, photos...found objects, whatever caught their fancy and built, initially depending upon the vagaries of international postal systems, vibrant surprising collages, paintings and constructions reflecting the international flavor of the gathered, exchanged, rotated and deconstructed elements; the sensibility and selection of the artists, one adding a frag here ,another a mark there, in an adding and subtraction, expansion and reduction of aesthetic impulses in exercises that produced works on fabric, paper and canvas in the spirit of FLUXUS, COBRA and EXQUISITE CORPSE, perhaps the spiritual antecedents of GAP activity.
GAP currently preps for additional residencies in Chicago, Mumbai and Rotterdam. Furthermore GAP will revisit Italy in 2016 with residencies, workshops and exhibitions in Venice. As realized during 2015, GAP will once more reside in Lecce for an artist in residency at Monna Lisa Studios, curated by Monica Lisi and Mario Catalano and exhibit their work at Gallery Cittadino and association Fondo Verri.
GAP - Global Art Project
Carl Heyward - USA - mixed-media artist, writer , photographer
Akiko Suzuki - Japan - contemporary quilt and fiber - mixed-media artist
Vered Gersztenkorn - Israël - mixed-media artist
Chaewon Laura Oh - Korea - fiber, mixed-media artist
Lorna Crane - Australia - painter, mixed-media artist
Joan Stennick - USA - mixed-media artist
GAP - satellite members
Glen Rogers - Mexico - print maker, sculptor, writer, painter
Gregory J Rose - USA - painter, professor
N Masani Landfair USA - mixed-media artist, assemblage
Alvaro Sanchez - Guatemala - mixed-media artist, print maker
GAP - associates
Ron Weijers - Netherlands - mixed-media artist, curator, photographer
Ron Shelton - USA - writer, artist, publisher
John Crabtree - UK - mixed media artist, publisher
Massimo Nota - Italy - mixed media artist