Living Walls: A Collaborative Installation

kemp_perlman_2.jpgCollaborative creativity comes to life at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, where SSU art professors Kurt Kemp and Mark Perlman have constructed their exhibition, "Living Walls: A Collaborative Installation."

The pair - who have worked together for twenty years - have constructed two walls, made of sixty 12"x12" works on paper, created both in the studio and in the Museum during the course of the exhibition. Robert Kralovec of the North Bay Bohemian says the installment, "will reward viewers with cerebral impressions of how art evolves in memory."

The interactivity of Perlman and Kemp's exhibition is unique, as they create pieces of the installation during museum hours, allowing visitors to observe and question the artists while they work.

The "Living Walls" have been evolving at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art since November 2010, in conjunction with "Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio," an experiential and interactive exhibition that reveals the sculptor's private studio and artistic processes.

On Saturday, Feb. 5 - the last day of the exhibition's run - the artists will be working in residence from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., creating the final pieces of their installation. A conversation with the artists and curator Kate Eilersten follows at 4 p.m. The closing reception for the exhibition takes place from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

In the video below, Eilersten, director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, interviews Perlman and Kemp about their collaborative process.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway, Sonoma, CA. For more information, visit their website at

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