April's Challenge: Alone Together

“Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.” E.M. Forster

Alone/Together has been the subject for the work of many artists this year. As we look back at the profound changes over the past year and forward to what the future might bring, it feels to me like this is a good time to pause and consider the role that solitude has played in our artistic practice and our lives this year. I invite you to consider Alone Together as the challenge for April. This topic could be considered as a theme or subject to inspire you. Or you could work more intuitively to attempt to capture the feeling of solitude or connection more abstractly. In either case, elements of design and composition will be your tools. Consider some of the examples below and note how the artists use colour, placement of elements, light, texture etc. to evoke a feeling of solitude, loneliness, community, connection, etc. Here are some interesting links that I hope will inspire you:

  • Here is an article that looks at many classic artists who used isolation as their inspiration.

  • Since the pandemic there has been a renewed interest in the work of Edward Hopper, noting the theme of solitude that runs through much of his work. Here is an interesting article about Hopper.

  • Katherine Fraser’s recent exhibit called Alone Together depicts the vulnerability of humanity.

  • Aristotle Roufanis is a visual artist and photographer. His recent work entitled Alone Together focuses on solitude in a hauntingly beautiful urban environment.

  • Maria Kreyn is a very successful contemporary artists whose work explores human intimacy, connection and detachment. Her piece Alone Together was featured in the T.V. show ‘The Catch’.

  • Michal Rovner is an Israeli artist who captured my attention many years ago. To me her work is often about connection and/or isolation.

  • And lastly Tanya Davis is a musician and spoken word artist. Here is a sweet little NFB stop motion video for her poem ‘How to be at Home’

Good Luck and enjoy the process!

Please submit your work to artgroupchemainus@gmail.com by April 27th for discussion at our Zoom Meeting on April 28th.

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