Drawings by artist Luis Alberto Perez, from Puerto Rico. More below.
“Portraits of Brief Encounters” is a one night immersive gallery-game taking place tonight at This Open Space. Fifteen visual artists created original work based on stories written by Cole Nowicki. It’s part art show, and part game (my favourite part).
Upon entering the gallery you receive a story book with fifteen short tales. Read these stories carefully. Walk around the space and match them to the visual interpretations on the walls. Work with others in the gallery, write your answers on the back of the book and hand it in for grading.
Each correct answer gets you $5 off a piece of original artwork at the show (so you can save up to $75 off an artwork). $5 gets you into the game with a story book, a raffle into the grand prize, and even a souvenir bookmark. The grand prize ‘Portraits of Brief Encounters’ book is signed by all artists and includes 15 prints with accompanying stories.
For seven years artist Ruben Steeman posted one drawing each day to his website. After reaching the incredible milestone of 2,500 drawings he decided to put all of the drawings in one book. Various publishers told him it would be impossible to produce his book but he remained determined, crowdfunded it and eventually found a book binder to make it happen.
The result is 2500 Days of Rust an enormous 2,508 page book, weighing in at a healthy 3.5 kilograms. He points out that if you were to look at each page for 10 seconds it would take 7 hours to go through the entire book.
Take a look at more images of the book below as well as a video clip of the accompanying installation showcasing all 2,500 drawings on a 19m wide wall.