How to create a wonderfully weird art installation in only 24 hours

Posted:  Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:15am


ROCKPORT- Overheard at the Center for Contempory Maine Art this weekend: "I just saw that piece on the wall and thought, 'Wow, that must have taken four or five months to make.' "

Nope. Just 24 hours. One and you're done, kid.

The 2013 "Resisting Entropy II" artists who participated in this 24-hour art-making event at CMCA included Jared Cowan, David Allen, Johanna Cairns, Andy White, Bethany Engstrom, Andy Hamm, Siglinde Langholz, Jonathan Laurence, Eric Leppanen and Trelawney O’Brien.They started at around 10:30 am on Friday, and by Saturday at noon, they were exhausted, but done. A lot of eighties music fueled their evening. "From 5:30 to midnight was the longest section of the whole 24 hours," said Jared Cowan, one of the event's main organizers. "But once we got past 1:00 a.m., it really did fly by. For me, when it started to get light out, I got a little extra energy."  A few hours of sleep and they were back at CMCA for the opening reception on March 23.  "There was virtually no fighting over any of the materials," said Cowan. "Everybody knew what each person was looking for and started associating certain materials with someone's art piece and suggesting it to him or her." 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what possessed their minds to make what they did. Click on each photo for more information. 

The exhibition will run March 23 - April 7. For more information visit: Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

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