CLOSE / TOUT PRÈS
envelope project SO CLOSE / TOUT PRÈS is the latest
interactive public art project generated by Montreals photo
artist collective, Fovea.
The project is a self-directed art project that invites others to
participate, interact and observe. It relies on the pleasure of
giving and receiving and the urge to respond. It proposes an exchange
of genuine artworks that reflects on time and distance and the speed
of today's new means of communication.
Fovea is mailing out envelopes containing artworks by each artist
from the collective, made specifically around the idea of the project's
title SO CLOSE / TOUT PRÈS.
The 'Envelope project' introduces and extends Fovea's public art
making activities to various interests all over the world, surprising
each recipient with the physical object of unanticipated mail and
its unexpected curiousities inside.
SO CLOSE / TOUT PRÈS hopes to contract distance by
reaching individuals in different countries with artworks they will
be able to hold in their hands and which will suggest intimacy in
their imagery. At the same time, the Envelope project invites
an exchange and collaboration in the form of an invitation to respond
in kind. Fovea then too, will share in the anticipation of returns
and responses at any time and from anywhere. This project utilizes
a mode of exchange that slows -or temporarily suspends- the process
of time [the time to deliver, and all the potentials for delay or
disruption, no such thing as an immediate response]. Will it arrive,
did it arrive, is it intact??