Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Adventures Continue

"Just listening and going back and forth and exchanging ideas with people. 
It's a beautiful thing." -Lakeith Stanfield 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1TCrdKjs-Ev6wFWv7E-h2rKlgkRlQgdo6

Ten years ago, almost to the very day, my friend Heidi and I began a game of creative tennis, and our rally continues to this day. Back and forth we have served a series of artistic renderings, each one based on the one that came before, in a mutually satisfying sense of one-upmanship that reveals exactly what makes our friendship tick.

Most of these exchanges happened back on that fateful evening in 2011, but just last month, Heidi resurrected the game with a playful Valentine, and I returned her volley yesterday, which just happened to be her birthday. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=186e_FOgw3FKn8egPV0V9IzADUCsMpD9y

In a nutshell, we started with a photo of a table set for Heidi's birthday lunch, and manipulated it over and over again, creating a series of images that fit back into each other like a set of Russian nesting dolls. 

See all the stages and read more about how the project unfolded here.


So I took the most recent evolution - Heidi's Valentine hearts that were based on earlier versions of the images we created...

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1v4igdahwqyFi4tT0dx8G3nvSJNlByeQN

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...and overlaid it with another, even earlier version of our series of photos...

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...creating this, a new iteration of our collaboration. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1MPu2KKMv0WEn-9f4HmTpOQGOzDxtPs24
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From there, my project fell quickly into place. I printed thirteen copies of the new image on cardstock, strung them up on some black ribbon, and wrote out the simple yet singular message:

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ghXQD_NGFp4wyzJqDN_ZFs-UGExPStR1

Once the mystery package was delivered to Heidi's doorstep bright and early on the morning of her big day, I breathed a sigh, partly of relief but mostly of immense satisfaction, knowing that I'd done my part to keep the rhythm of our game alive.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1t8jHTrxu4lGFXVfM9_jP0MmUbZqDiSm7

And now, the ball is in Heidi's court. Can't wait to see her next move. 

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