The Surrealist game gets a contemporary interpretation

The Exquisite Corpse​

August 5 – September 30, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 7, 2 pm – 4 pm

International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA 90745

In the 1920’s, the Surrealists adapted a parlor game into a poetic way to create relationships using either images or texts, that might reveal the metaphysical and upend the rational. Key to the game was using creativity and chance to create something collaboratively and something new! The game was known as “Exquisite Corpse,” when passing a folded piece of paper created the sentence; “the exquisite corpse drinks the new wine.” Exquisite Corpse is now a regular practice of visual artists to work together creatively.

LA Printmaking artists were asked to create and collaborate in this project that exhibited at the International Printing Museum in the Summer of 2021.

Each LAPS artist was invited to create a part or a complete figure, that was divided up in three 15” square sections: a head, a middle and feet.

The curators of the exhibition then mixed and matched randomly to create transformed figures, exquisite corpses!

Artists in The Exquisite Corpse:
First installation (August 5 – September 30):
Mary Sherwood Brock, John Edwards, Christina Yasmin Fesmire, Karen Fiorito, Jani Hoberg, Poli Marichal, Gail D Panske, Marianne Sadowski, Katherine Sheehan, Barbara Belle Sloan, Annie Silverman, Kathleen Thoma, Cathy Weiss.
With special guests: the Lynck Collective; Christina Yasmin Fesmire, Bill Jaros and Nguyen Ly.
Second Installation (September 3 – 30):
Mary Sherwood Brock, Marianne Sadowski, Katherine Sheehan, Amaryllis Siniossoglou and Silvia Simmons.

Poli Marichal
Silvia Simmons