Contact*Connect*Collaborate at Evanston Art Center

by Sara Burrows
Reach out and make art with someone…

“Contact*Connect*Collaborate” at the Evanston Art Center shows what happens when artists, with the help of the Internet, reach out and find kindred artistic spirits to join them in creative ventures. Eight combinations of painters, sculptors, photographers, fiber artists, videographers and musicians have produced a variety of works in a variety  of media for this show.

Chicago artist Jordan Martins happily seized the opportunity to work again with Joaozito and Lanussi Pasquali, friends from graduate school at the University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil.

Once they had a basic idea, they dispensed with the talk. “The only communication about the project that we had involved posting images on a shared blog,” says Martins.

The Brazilians made the film, Martins constructed the installation into which that film would be projected to create “Memos for the Next millennium.”

Though today’s technology made the work possible, Martins says the impulse behind it goes back half a century: “It’s actually a sort of old-fashioned ‘happening’ of sorts, not too different from what people started doing at Black Mountain (in the late 1950s) with isolated events being presented simultaneously.”

“Contact*Connect*Collaborate,” Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road. Jan. 10-Feb. 14. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 1-4 p.m. Sundays. (847) 475-5300. www.evanstonartcenter.org.