Time and place need the human element to create the exchange of relationships and moments. The real question is how will the human element use the full potential of time and place for these opportunities
The “Exchange” exhibit is work selected by students and faculty from the four schools, Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts, Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, United Kingdom, and Academie of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. Individual projects were completed at a two-week residency at the Fran Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium. The Frans Masereel is a center for printmaking, but also for dialogue of knowledge, international collaboration, and research.
Techniques like intaglio, lithography, and screen-printing were used in traditional form along with altering the process for the artists needs. Continuing with ideas already in progress and artists letting the experience and environment guide the completion of the piece. New experimentation with processes is represents in the diverse range of prints.
The exchange goes beyond these individual prints. It is a two-week moment of stepping out of an everyday school routine and sharing cultures, ideas, and everyday interests. The short time period within this small community started the cultivation of relationships.
To continue the development and mark the time in Belgium this exhibit will travel to each of the schools. Communication will continue with the participants by 21st Century devices and adding to future possibilities of reconnecting in physical places.