While many of the efforts generate a charmingly carefree ambience -- a refreshing alternative to slick presentations -- others are more inspired. An exceptional example is a video by TM Sisters (actual siblings) in which artists are depicted in pantomime throwing an invisible object back and forth. The sisters float this live-action footage onto a background patterned from pink and blue bricks and a morphing abstract shape that responds to the tossing motion of each person in the lineup. This piece uniquely documents a spirited gathering of artists. TM Sisters really mined the energy of the collective and retrofitted it with the large sketchy video pores reminiscent of Seventies children's television shows like Zoom and Sesame Street.
Aside from some very welcome humility, the overall byproduct of this experiment, this hive of cellular energy, is freedom, and that is an instructive reminder to makers and viewers of art everywhere.
"Co Operate" is a collaborative exhibition by local artists
Through August 11. Bas Fisher