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St. Petersburg Unveils The Exquisite Corpse Games

Exquisite Corpse Games
Exquisite Corpse Games 2016 submissions - from Head Lissa Hatcher - Torso Michael Conway & legs Heidi Clapp Temple / Head Eli Cecil, Torso Rocky Bridges, Legs Beate Marston/Head J. Michael Taylor, Torso Marc Levasseur, Legs Todd Frain

St. Petersburg is hosting an evening of artistic collaboration at the Exquisite Corpse Games.

The bar parlor game has grown into an international collaboration of artistic ideas. The Museum of Fine Arts will host the third annual unveiling Thursday at 6 p.m., which is free to the public.

“This game is about living in fun,” said gamekeeper Anne Marie Cash.

The event will display collaborations in the forms of paintings, sculptures, photography, and this year’s new addition, poetry.

Cash selected each artist, and then three artists were assigned to a piece.  Using their individual styles and mediums, the first artist contributed the legs, the second the torso, and the last the head.

None of the artists knew what the others in their group were doing, leading to a unique piece.

For poetry, the first contributor created the ending - the legs - and it moved upward from there.

Each category had a co-curator: Don Gillespie helped with paintings, Scott Joseph Moore with sculptures, Randy Van Duinen with photography, and Helen P. Wallace with poetry.

With this different kind of viewing of art, Van Duinen said, “Instead of just being looking at it as a page of a story, look at all the artwork as a complete book.”

The exhibit will reveal the work of all 45 artists. This will be the first time they will see their full works, allowing both the artists and guests to experience the outcome together.

Artists came from the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater areas, as well as from New Mexico, New York, and Texas. And Aleksandr Chudin from St. Petersburg - the one in Russia - make this year's project an international affair.

Kyanna Riggins is a digital news intern at WUSF Public Media for fall 2017.
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