Banfill-Locke presents creative play of JKM

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents the creatively playful exhibit of JKM=JosieWinship +KristaKelleyWalsh+MaryEsch.

Creative play yields collections of eclectic collages, on display at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Aug. 17-28.

Creative play yields collections of eclectic collages, on display at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Aug. 17-28.Photo courtesy of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Creative play yields collections of eclectic collages on display at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Aug. 17-28. Photo courtesy of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

JKM – Josie Winship, Krista Kelley Walsh and Mary Esch – have been working together for 10 years. In 2003 Krista brought the group together for the first time for her performance “Windmills and Mirrors” at Intermedia Arts’ Naked Stages event in Minneapolis.

She selected Josie and Mary to collaborate with her and, in that process, the three artists were able to build trust to be able to generate a creative process.

This trust and collaboration became creative play. “Play” for JKM means doing short performances for each other while fulfilling spontaneous requests – not so much to impress one another but to generate new ideas and meaning.

This creative process can be compared to that of an improv team of actors, except JKM uses objects, movement and sound to seek new understanding and engagement in their work.

These three artists had so much fun a decade ago with this unique way to work together that they continue to meet for art collaboration to this day.

This summer JKM has extended that same playful experimentation to the creation of several collages, which will be exhibited in this show.

Additionally, a selection of videos and objects from past performances will be seen alongside brand new artworks from each artist’s personal art practice.

The JKM exhibition is on view at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Aug. 17-28 with the opening reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24. Banfill-Locke is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley, and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 763-574-1850.

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