Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP) started as an online class in May of 2020 at the Hyde Park Art Center. Instead of art-making that leads to one thing, artists in this class make collections of artworks that tell stories, depict emotions, or communicate ideas. Presenting artworks in a variety of mediums from photography, collage, printmaking, and drawing, to video, dance, sculpture, and poetry, this exhibition celebrates the community of over 60 artists who have participated in the course and is curated by Jasper Goodrich who designed and teaches the class.
Often artists work in groups of images or series. SIP explores how working iteratively (building upon previous forms, where information is lost and gained through making) helps artists’ creative process, pushing their imaginations to get to the next idea that is meaningful in their practice / life. Because artists in the exhibition are dealing with multiple images, time is involved and participants are influenced by durational art forms such as video, fashion, dance, and music. Even when viewing one image, the viewer experiences a duration of time. SIP is rooted in image making, but many artists embrace mediums such as video art. In SIP, art making is like writing or music and artists explore rhythm, speed, interludes, beginnings, middles, and endings.