Meaning Maker: Responding to Local Art Experiences

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At the release party for Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins' Join + Cast, a Guide to Contemporary Art in July, small pamphlets and pencils were available to attendees as they walked through the exhibition at A.E. England gallery in downtown Phoenix. 

Simply titled "Meaning Makers," the pamphlets are a result of the efforts of California-based artists Kent Manske and Nanette Wylde, who both see a need for "conceptual interventions" and interactions between exhibitions and their viewers in the form of short questionnaires. 

They write in the small introduction, "Meaning Makers are good for impressing friends and colleagues, schmoozing, intellectual development, aesthetic decision making, understanding one's own collection agenda, getting ideas for one's own work, validating one's own feelings of superiority or inferiority, art education, writing art criticism."

Serious or not, the little pamphlets could provide a brief index for reactions to local exhibitions, a catalogue of reactions to local artists, or just a brief, useful exercise for local artists and art-fans. 

The questionnaires come in a variety of themes -- Academic Conferences, American Citizenship, Family Gatherings, and the ever-useful Periodic Personal Evaluation. To download your own or order a few, check out the Meaning Maker website.

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