Open your heart to the weird parts of art today

By Charmayne Allison

IT’S a little bit odd, a little bit wacky but a whole lot of fun at the Foundry Arts Space’s new exhibition.

Local contemporary group Tuesday Junction is presenting Parlour Games – Come and Play, an exhibition inspired by the Surrealists’ game, The Exquisite Corpse.

In the game, artists take turns drawing sections of a body on a sheet of paper and fold it to hide each individual contribution.

The first player adds a head — then, without knowing what that head looks like, the next artist adds a torso, and then another adds the legs.

In this way, a nonsensical, humorous creature is born.

Surrealist André Breton described it as, ‘‘a game that both strengthened the ties that unify its players and allowed them to take their common desires into account’’.

Tuesday Junction recently played the game to explore the idea of collaboration for their exhibition.

Drawing collaboratively and spontaneously offered a well of fresh inspiration and experimentation that diverted the artists from their usual practices.

While the game has rules, these rules are loose and artists are not required to stick to traditional representations of the body.

Therefore, each drawing in the exhibition will present a delightful bit of satire and individuality.

Parlour Games – Come and Play is divided into three sections — The Exquisite Corpse, The Parlour and a collaborative sculptural installation that employs doll parts and found objects as a medium.

Tuesday Junction artist Vicki Johnson will also be exhibiting artworks that incorporate historic doll pieces from the 1800s to 1900s her and her husband Mal have sourced and collected for the past 30 years.

Using the heads and bodies from different dolls, she ‘‘reclaims their lives’’ in artworks that are often thought-provoking and compelling.

The Exquisite Corpse game is not just for artists, so come and play at the opening tonight at 6pm.

The exhibition finishes Sunday, October 7.

Enquiries about the Tuesday Junction art group or the exhibition can be made to Bronwyn Beer on 0417228027.