Collective Consciousness

In our Studio Artist Gallery
Collective Consciousness
Curated by Toni Gentilli
October 22-December 16, 2016

“The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own. It can be termed the collective or creative consciousness.”
                                                – Émile Durkheim, Division of Labour in Society, 1893.

Certainly, the community of Compound Studio Artists share many of the same beliefs in the significance of art, what it means to lead an inspired life, and a deep understanding of the ineffable power of creativity to transform human consciousness. As a celebration of our dynamic group and shared values, I created the infrastructure for a collective project wherein each of the 40 participating Compound Studio Artists received a wood panel in the shape of an equilateral triangle that measures 2 feet on all sides. One of the basic shapes known to all humankind for millennia, the equilateral triangle has mathematically “ideal proportions,” which to many symbolize harmony, integration, and strength. The three sides of the equilateral triangle have also been commonly interpreted as representing the time-honored trinities of:

mind, body, and spirit
thought, feeling, and emotion
past, present, and future
creation, preservation, and destruction

The panels have been hung together in the Studio Artist Gallery as an installation of repetitive and yet entirely distinctive forms that are displayed as an entity greater than the sum of its parts and which simultaneously showcases our solidarity and idiosyncrasies as artists.