Call for Entries: "The Exquisite Corpse"

Origins of The Exquisite Corpse:

“Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution. The game was adapted to the possibilities of drawing, painting and collage, by assigning a section of a body to each player, though the Surrealist principle of metaphoric displacement led to images that only vaguely resembled the human form.” (from Experimental Drawing, by Robert Kaupelis)

Entry Instructions:

  • There are no restrictions on media or material to be used.
  • The finished work must be ready to hang and assemble end-to-end into a 2 feet wide by 6 feet high finished piece.
  • Each completed entry must be the work of a TEAM of artists – it is suggested that a team consist of at least three or four artists.
  • Each TEAM must decide how to divide the 2’x 6’ space into sections representing elements (for example: head, heart, belly/soul, legs, feet, etc…) of a complete whole.
  • Each TEAM must decide on the degree of relationship between each panel and what or if a particular theme will be depicted (not necessarily human!).
  • Often each panel is slightly referenced on its adjacent panel but this is at the discretion of each team/artist.
  • Each artist must then complete his or her vision independently of the other artists in their group.
  • When all sections are complete the group will discover their “exquisite corpse” and make any final decisions regarding the hanging order.

Show dates: March 20 – April 17, 2009. Stay tuned for more details on the date(s) for delivery of artwork.

NOTE: OFFCenter receives a 30% commission on the sale of artwork in the gallery, and 20% commission on the sale of shop items.

FOR AN ENTRY FORM please drop in at OFFCenter, or email Mary Lambert at or Mary Tafoya at to request a PDF version of the Entry Form. Please put Exquisite Corpse in the subject line.