Facing Ourselves: Artists interpret one another's portraits

Marci Gore • Jul 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Art is often described as subjective, being different things to different people.A group of local artists was recently challenged to study a colleague’s photograph and create, in any medium, what they saw. “When we first started this, we just hoped we stayed friends. We would send e-mails out saying, ‘I hope you’re still my friend after you see this!’” Leslie Davis, coordinator of the project, said, with a laugh. “Facing Ourselves” is on exhibit now through July 28 in the Main Art Center of the Downtown Kingsport Association building, 140 W. Main St. The exhibit features 225 portraits in varied of styles and media. Fifteen participants submitted a picture of themselves. Then each of the 15 participating artists created their own interpretation of the photographs –– resulting in 15 different portraits of the same person by 15 different artists.“Anybody could do it in any way they wanted to and in any medium. So we’ve got charcoal. We’ve got pencil. We’ve got acrylics, and we’ve got oils and watercolor and a little bit of collage in there. So what we got was 15 different interpretations of ourselves,” Davis said.Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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