Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paper Trail at XPACE: February 3!

This is happening in February: the XPACE Cultural Centre exhibits 'Paper Trail,' an art project that takes the Surrealists’ ‘exquisite corpse’ technique and runs it through a pop art meat grinder of comic illustration. Showcasing the work of SketchKrieg!, 'Paper Trail' is a collaborative comic book narrative intended for gallery viewing.

It started like this: one SketchKrieger would create one comic panel -- any size, any format. That panel would be passed along to a second illustrator, who was then instructed to illustrate a new panel within the next four days. That illustrator would pass that new panel (and the original) to a third illustrator, and the cycle would continue. The sequence was illustrated one panel at a time, each illustrator unaware how the previous illustrator intended the story to progress. No plot or outline was devised before committing ink to paper. Everything was intended to be surprising and improvised. And no dialogue was allowed.

The resultant story (currently still in progress) is full of bizarre twists and turns as the paper chain progresses. In-between gutters, genres flip from post-apocalyptic saga to romantic comedy to political thriller. Characters die and are reborn, their motives change as often as the illustration style.

We hope you can join us for the opening night party! Details below:

Paper Trail Opening Night
Friday, February 4th, 2011
7:00 p.m. start
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
(Show continues through February 5)

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