Fazakas Gallery will be exhibiting collaborative works on paper by three Canadian artists; Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley and Noah Becker. This threesome began collaborating during an evening out at a restaurant on the west coast of Canada.
Cook, Yardley, and Becker continue their own art practices, but united for what they call The Supper Club. This social gathering was an effortless way to meet in the evenings after working at separate studios. The drawings began in the midst of a bustling and dimly lit Spanish-themed restaurant, with paper laid out on the table and drawing tools arranged alongside wine glasses and utensils.
This convergence occured several more times; at different restaurants, a private club, and at one of the artist’s home. Each assembly of The Supper Club included the sharing of a meal between friends. The resulting twenty drawings feature spontaneous explosions of playful marks and remarks; the interchange of loops, dashes, ravens, squirrels, faces, clouds, and formline.
These works on paper have separated themselves by tone and energy unique to each evening – a collection of four drawings per night. A warm summer night elicited colour, clouds, playfulness, pop culture motifs, hallucinations, escape, and dreams – all intermingling like thought bubbles. By contrast, a fall evening generated vertical renderings featuring nature, trees, skulls, growth and earthly elements.
The Supper Club drawings serve as a record of the artists’ friendship, and a diary of the thoughts and emotions at work by their subconscious minds during collaboration. Each artist’s own unique iconography is woven into the paper with surprising and spontaneous new narratives. What’s most interesting, however, is how this trio of unstructured and unfettered pen to paper dance steps fuse together to create a troupe of harmonious forms and imagery through cross-cultural exchange.