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Collaboration #2

The Importance and Contribution of Dialogue in the Artistic Process

Jamming is a fantastic meeting place for musicians. Jams are dialogues between musicians. They may lead to working together, collaborating or even becoming a band. Musicians are performing artists: they need an audience. Poets, writers and artists can create and exist for the drawer. Musicians like actors, must interact to BE. Performing covers to known songs is another form of dialogue and paying homage. Often a cover gives new feeling and interpretation.

Since the Covid Lockdowns, we have learned to appreciate social interaction. Dialogue, both real and virtual became the objective. As with musicians that use their media as communication, so must plastic and visual artists.

At the beginning of October, I will be exhibiting with a wonderful Textile artist, Linda Neusen ( ). The name of the exhibit is “From the Mountain to the Sea”. We live in a community in the Galilean Hills of Israel. It’s a short 20-minute drive to the coast. Both the hills and the sea are our inspirational “playground”. For the past year we have been collaborating. The concept of our collaboration was inspired from musicians and jamming. Our dialogue started simple: black and white interpretations to photographs made into prints and quilts. The rules we made were that all the works must be of same size and framing with minimal compositional change of the original photo, giving way only to changes due to technique.

The next level of our collaboration was to pick an artwork of the other artists and to have a dialogue with the piece. This being similar to the “cover” concept. Again, without changing the basic composition, but definitely expanding on size, color and texture. Linda picked a playful watercolor of mine called a day at the beach. Linda chose a technique in quilting taken from the turn of the last century called “crazy quilts”. This technique enabled Linda the freedom to turn my watercolor into something completely different; a 3D fabric relief. (Shown here in this blog)

"Crazy Day at the Beach"

A mixture of satins, brocades, velvets, corduroy, and other specialty fabrics. The seams are embellished with hand embroidery 60cm x 70cm

All Rights Reserved @Linda Neusen 2022

The last but not least of our dialogue and collaboration is building an installation together that will be the centerpiece of our exhibit.

I invite all of you to follow us. I will post our progress and opening night. If you are in Israel the second weekend of October or after please stop by at the gallery and visit us (DM for Exact Info).

“Day at the Beach” – Watercolor and Ink on Paper 28cm x 20cm

All Rights Reserved @Barbara Adler Art 2022

Everybody needs art. There is Art for everyone’s state of mind, desires and tastes. Find a painting or a print, both on my site or amongst my blogs, a painting that YOU identify with. That rings a bell, touches you deep down. Reminds you of an experience real or fantasy. Something that you wish to see again and again. Flatter me! Contact me if you would like to personalize a special occasion. Nothing like a meaningful, personal painting or drawing as a gift.

All the works on this blog are Printable and for sale. They are Barbara Adler originals. I love talking about my art and almost any subject related, so feel free to DM to converse and purchase my art, making it yours. Check out Linda’s site as well!

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