Thursday, 13 September 2012 15:31

'Screwed Moves' opens tonight at World Chess Hall of Fame

These nine artists will create "Screwed Moves." These nine artists will create "Screwed Moves." Courtesy of World Chess Hall of Fame
In what's being called an interactive, imaginative, super-sized, spontaneous mixed media arts experience, "Screwed Moves" has invited nine local artists to produce a one-of-a-kind wall drawing at the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End.


The artists are beginning their work tonight during an in-the-gallery "Meet the Artists" event at 6 p.m. They will work around-the-clock for two weeks, during which time the public is invited to visit to watch the artists, interact with them and inspire their work. The finished piece will be unveiled on Friday, Sept. 28, and will be the gallery's featured work through Feb. 10, 2013.  

Artists in the collective are Bryan Walsh, Christopher Burch, Stan Chisholm, Kris Mosby, Justin Tolentino, Jason Spencer, Daniel Jefferson, Daniel Burnett and Christopher Harris.

"This exhibition is a great fit for us because the collective's process can be seen as a metaphor for the game of chess. The artists play off of one another's work as they spontaneously create the wall drawing," said Susan Barrett, director of the World Chess Hall of Fame.


To produce the piece, the artists begin by discussing broad concepts like color and form amongst themselves. The walls of the gallery at the hall of fame are completely transformed with large sheets of wood screwed down to form the "canvas" for the work. Finally, the artists will set about painting, stenciling, sketching or using any other method they choose.  They collaborate, adding to one another's work, letting one another's changes inspire them as they constantly tweak the design and message.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is located at 4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63108. Call 314-367-9243.

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