GAP Is a membership based international collaborative of Mixed-media Artists whose active participants number 53 members working in 12 countries, depending on the project. Having roots initially in web based activity beginning in 2012 (post card and correspondence art projects such as KNEE(jerk) Fragmentation Project).
GLOBAL ART PROJECT has generated numerous workshops, exhibitions and collaborative studio experiences in Venice, Lecce and Treviso Italy, Mazatlan, Mexico, Dakar, Senegal, Ghent, Belgium, The Netherlands, North Carolina, New York, Minneapolis, MN, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Benicia, Sausalito and Novato, California. Our work reflects individual, personal and global concerns by virtue of intention. We are creating and exhibiting work that allows freedom of expression given this unique format to communicate beyond language and culture with diverse artists from all over the world while remaining open to the opportunities of the moment accessed through this circumstance in settings allowing interaction not only with each other but local arts communities as well.
We are linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, photography, video and performance arts which may be reduced to working with the materials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice. Our affinity with Fluxus, Cobra, and the Dada Art Movement is a recognition of the importance of being attuned to the collaborative future.
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This exhibition, curated by Carl Heyward and Ron Weijers begs the question: “What borders are you willing to cross?” An exhibition featuring works by Global Art Project artists, who have encountered this question many times in their work and their lives. CrossingBorders is a conceptual collaborative group exhibition project for art professionals affiliated with Global Art Project (GAP). The aim is on transferring the projects concept to the public and extending the participants professional international networks and art market. The CrossingBorders exhibition aims to bring together Global Art Project affiliated artists from all over the world, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders with the ambition to enter each other’s markets artistically. The CrossingBorders exhibition has been curated by the American artist and founder of Global Art Project, Carl Heyward and the Dutch artist and curator Ron Weijers. The curators of the CrossingBorders exhibition, stimulate and expect a conceptual reflection on distances or barriers, included in the perceptual context of a border, a blocking in thinking, acceptance and/or understanding by means of political issues, globalization, immigration, climate change, gender, race, culture, religious racism, terrorism, genocide, war, misogynist behavior, feelings of fear or superiority etc.etc… In other words, the GAP artists reflect upon their own conceptions about what constitutes a border or boundary and what it means to cross it. The inaugural exhibition took place in Ghent, Belgium in July of 2019. GAP affiliated artists included (in alphabetical order): Nadi Adatepe – Noorwegen/Norway, Lynn Arnold – VS/USA, BrianAuerbach – VS/USA, Francis Beaty – VS/USA, Pat Calabro – VS/USA, Linda Coppens – België/Belgium, Mar Daines – Frankrijk/France, Mikel Frank – VS/USA, Ana Gabiño – Mexico, Carl Heyward – VS/USA, Jennifer Homer-Hynes – VS/USA, Christopher Padgett Hunnicutt – VS/USA, William Jaggers – VS/USA, David Jenowe – VS/USA, Macha Mélanie – Frankrijk/USA, Naomi Middelmann – Zwitserland/Switseland, Emmanuel Montoya – VS/USA, Susumu Ohira – Japan/Japan, Judith Pauly-Bender – Duitsland/Germany, Compagnie Puls’Art – Frankrijk/France, Glen Rogers – Mexico/Mexico, Isabel Ruiz Perdiguero – Spanje/Spain, Akiko Suzuki-Heyward – Japan/VS– Japan/USA, Patrick Tagoe-Turkson – Ghana/Ghana, Christine Verhaert – België/Belgium, Frans van Viegen – Nederland/the Netherlands, Ron Weijers – Nederland/the Netherlands, Syporca Whandal – Hongarije/Hongary, MadeleineWories – VS/USA and Dimitri Xato – Spanje/Spain