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Gallery 6 PDX: Playing With A Full Deck

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Gallery 6 PDX
131 NE 6th Ave.

August 2 - September 29, 2013


Gallery 6 PDX presents Playing with A Full Deck, a mail art collaboration by more than 237 artists turning more than 2,000 playing cards into small works of art. Playing with a Full Deck is a unique project which has the distinction of also being the largest collection of original art collaborations created upon playing cards. It was launched in June of 2010 by Liz Cohn as an experiment in freeform collaboration between collage and mixed media artists by mail. The guidelines are that a playing card must be used as a canvas and that Liz Cohn must be one of the collaborating artists on each card. The resulting collection boasts more than 237 participating artists and more than 2,000 playing cards. 

Collaborating presents a variety of challenges for artists, one of which is letting go of vision or control: No single contributor can determine the end result of the playing card they work on. In a sense, the card has a life of its own. Most participating artists report that this collaboration has been an exciting project from which they gained inspiration for their own work or learned about their comfort around the concept of a shared project.

Artist receptions take place the first Friday of the month, between 5 - 8 p.m.

Playing cards are available to preview and for sale online.