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Artist Wants to Hear About Everyone You’ve Never Met

Some of images tweeted at @ProjectEvery1 as part of an evolving art project by William Powhida. (via @ProjectEvery1)

Artist William Powhida has been blogging on Hyperallergic about his experiences at the Sheboygan Residency in Wisconsin (Part 1, Part 2). In his post last Friday, he explained the concept for a new Twitter iteration for his project, “Everyone We’ve Never Met (from memory and imagination)” (2011):

In another effort to broaden the project and to make the ideas of “Everyone” mean more than Sheboygan and vacationers from Chicago in a way that I can still incorporate over the next two weeks, I am going to introduce it to Twitter and use this social media platform to ask people to share their memories through the drawings of others. I’ve created a twitter account called @ProjectEvery1 where I will post drawings that will be a springboard for people to share their memories. I’ll be posting the basic instructions on the feed, “reply to and identify the subject of your tweet etc.” These will be transcribed around the original drawing in the final work to be completed over the span of 4 or 5 days in August.

Beginning yesterday the Twitterfeed began broadcasting images by Powhida and other lay participants and here is your chance to take part and possibly become part of a Powhida drawing … yes, your 15 minutes start now. And about Powhida’s claim this isn’t a social media art project: yeah, right.

Here are the simple instructions via the Twitterfeed:

RELATED NEWS: For those of you in New York, a new exhibition of William Powhida’s “work,” titled POWHIDA, opens at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. The gallery is describing it as ” a site-specific project by the eponymous artist.” We think this will be a shit show, in a good way. And if you wonder why, check out this paragraph in the press release:

Like the artist himself, POWHIDA explores an array of contemporary socio-political and cultural issues germane to the artist’s role in society. In the vein of Arthur Dove’s “The Critic” (1925) and Ad Reinhardt’s sardonic “How to Look at Modern Art in America” (1946), POWHIDA unabashedly turns a mirror on the idiosyncratic machinations of the industry, allowing an established international artist to look at his role from the inside out.

WTF?! Yeah, we’re curious to see how this plays out.

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