As Situationist International member Guy Debord once wrote: “No vital periods ever began from a theory. What’s first is a game, a struggle, a journey.” Free Play is a contemporary art exhibition that presents the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal different social, philosophical and ethical questions. The audience is invited to play with a wide array of artworks by renowned international artists: Cory Arcangel, Ryan Gander, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Rolf Engelen, Pedro Reyes, David Shrigley, Yoko Ono, Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan, Futurefarmers, Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican, Paul Noble, Erik Svedäng, Jason Rohrer, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin.
The Rooms is featuring a local component to the exhibition by St. John’s-based artist, Joe Fowler.
Free Play is an exhibition curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Free Play was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.
Image Credit: Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, L'Échiqueté (Checkered Chess), 2012. Free Play, installation view, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, 2014. Copyright Aaron Igler and Greenhouse Media.