In the exhibit what we want is too late, three artists explore collaboration separately. The show features the work of Lawndales Artist Studio Program participants Lynne McCabe, Danny Kerschen and Teresa OConnor.
For her installation, McCabe sent out requests to friends and even celebrities such as Yoko Ono and Phil Collins for step-by-step instructions on how to build a platform to support her weight. Sadly, she didnt hear back from any big names. But her friends responded, and she videotaped herself building structures per their directions including one that had her use books. One of the platforms sits in the gallery with a projector screening her efforts to build it and the others. She also hung up letters between her and her instructors, plans for the platforms and photographs of the process.
In his work, Kerschen pulls apart the most regimented of groups: marching bands. His light, graphite drawings depict drummers, twirlers, dancers or horn players surrounded by white space instead of the rest of their band. Kerschen says he is exploring the moments when form begins to fall apart. My interest in that is where the individual starts to stand out a little bit from the group, he says. The subjects of OConnors work are familiar with the trials and triumphs of collaboration: She shot a music video for local band Sharks and Sailors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 14. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: May 9. Continues through June 14, 2008