SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 S U M I I N K C L U B PA R T I C I PAT O R Y D R AW I N G CO L L A B O R AT I V E L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G Drawing Together T he Sumi Ink Club is a collaborative, socially engaged participatory drawing project that fosters human interaction, sustains community connections, and promotes reflection and dialogue. Los Angeles–based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck started the Sumi Ink Club in 2005 as a way of getting to know their new neighbors. Since then, the duo has staged public meetings in venues and cities around the globe, where people of all ages and skill levels are invited to contribute to a group drawing. Furthermore, the Sumi Ink Club is non- proprietary and in the public domain, so anyone can organize and host a club event around creating a group drawing. An Open Collaboration Sumi Ink Club meetings are designed to bring a wide vari- ety of people together to create art, so the conversations and friendships that evolve are as important, if not more so, than the actual drawing itself. The drawings reflect the diversity of the participants, their unique histories and imaginations, as well as the conversations and exchanges that occur during its making. No two drawings will be alike, even when created by the same group. The draw- ings are considered "open works" that may be started by one group and finished by another. Participants can enter or leave the process at any point. The finished drawings can be cut up, scanned, photocopied, printed, repurposed, and distributed as murals, prints, textiles, garments, zines, or for whatever purpose the group might choose. One or two people serve as mediators during each draw- ing session to facilitate the process and help participants follow the simple rules. For more information on how to bring Sumi Ink Club to your classroom, see page 30. Sumi Ink Club Rules • Everyone uses the same materials. • Everyone works on the same drawing surface. • Refrain from writing words, names, or letters. No calligraphy. • Everyone is welcome! All drawing styles and skill levels are acceptable. • Draw things that others can add to. • Add to what others have drawn. • Keep moving around the drawing—don't get stuck in one spot. • Everyone should agree when the drawing is finished. • The finished drawing is owned by everyone who helped to make it. Historical Connections Participatory art has roots in the Futurist, Dada, and Fluxus movements of the twentieth century. Artists who have engaged audiences in this manner include Allan Kaprow, Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono, and Erwin Wurm. About the Artists Rara and Fischbeck collaboratively and individually pursue a diverse range of individual and collaborative art practices including performance, public art, instal - lation, broadcast radio, video, writing, and music. They have exhibited work at prominent museums and galleries around the world. They are also founding members of the experimental music/art group Lucky Dragons. Left: Sumi Ink Club meeting in progress, led by Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck at the University of Florida, February 2017. Right: Detail of participants working on a sumi ink mural, University of Florida, February 2017. Images courtesy of Sumi Ink Club.

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