Okay Mountain’s “The 7×7 Project” Exclusive Online Exhibition Coming to ARTSY

Okay Mountain’s ongoing “7×7 Project” – which began in 2006 and is still ongoing – resembles a process more than a finished work, and as a result has yielded hundreds of drawings. Related, but distinct from other drawing games, such as “exquisite corpse“, 7×7s visually embody the unique spirit of the group’s shared views. While the drawings are collaborative, they also provide ample room for individual decisions and styles. In fact, often times it is the combination of two distinct approaches to drawing and drawing materials that gives the works their visual intrigue. An Exclusive Online Exhibition of this series will be launched on ARTSY later this month. Stay tuned!

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Image: Okay Mountain, “7 x 7 Collaborative Drawing #19” (2011), 7 x 7 inches, mixed media on paper

Okay Mountain’s ongoing “7×7 Project” resembles a process more than a finished work, and as a result has yielded hundreds of drawings. Related, but distinct from other drawing games, such as exquisite corpse, 7x7s visually embody the unique spirit of the group’s shared views. While the drawings are collaborative, they also provide ample room for individual decisions and styles. In fact, often times it is the combination of two distinct approaches to drawing and drawing materials that gives the works their visual intrigue. The game’s stipulations are as follows: a drawing must be started by one person and finished by another, the drawing surface must be 7 inches by 7 inches. Aside from that everything is open, including who participates in the game. Many artists outside of the collective have contributed. Initially devised to while away afternoons at a shade covered picnic table during sweltering Texas summers, the project has since evolved into a highly complex, yet remarkably intuitive, thesis on collaboration, camaraderie, and drawing. The Surrealists used to employ a similar technique in a process referred to as “Exquisite corpse”.

A free on-line catalog on the recent work of Okay Mountain can be viewed or downloaded here.

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Image: Okay Mountain “The 7×7 Project” as shown at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in 2015

While most of the artists in Okay Mountain are alumni of the University of Texas at Austin (TX), others are graduates of University of California Los Angeles (CA), Rhode Island School of Design (RI), and the University of Kansas (KS). Institutional exhibitions have included those at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston (TX), Austin Museum of Art (TX), McNay Art Museum (TX), Arthouse (TX), University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (TN), and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (MA). Their work is included in the permanent collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), McNay Museum of Art (TX), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (CA), Santa Barabara Museum of Art (CA), and Vanderbilt University (TN). The CV for Okay Mountain can be viewed here.

A short video interview with Okay Mountain can be viewed below.

More information and images of works by Okay Mountain can be viewed on the Mark Moore Fine Art ARTSY Page by clicking here.

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